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We have assembled the most useful Rhode Island statewide resources below.  You can find more types of databases using the drop-down menus in the blue box.

  • Court System - The Rhode Island court system has four levels. At the first level is the Traffic Tribunal, which handles civil traffic offenses and has its own Appeals Division. The Court for Workers Compensation and the District Court are at the second level. The latter handles civil cases under $5,000 and shares jurisdiction with the Superior Court for cases between $5,000 and $10,000. The District Court also handles small claims, misdemeanors, and arraignments for felony cases. At the third level are the Family Court, which handles cases involving children and families; and the Superior Court, which handles felony cases, civil cases exceeding $10,000, and appeals from the District Court. At the top is the Rhode Island Supreme Court, which reviews decisions from all lower courts.  Rhode Island Court Records
  • Criminal Records - Misdemeanors are handled by the District Court. The Family Court handles juvenile criminal cases. Felonies are handled by the Superior Court. You can find these online on the Rhode Island Judiciary Adult Criminal record database.  For more information, and to find online databases, go to our Rhode Island Criminal Records page.
  • Vital Records – Rhode Island has seven different state resources for obtaining birth, death, marriage & divorce certificates, such as the Rhode Island State Archives at 337 Westminster Street, Providence, RI, 02903.  Go to our Vital Records page for information on the other six resources.  Also there you will find statewide historical birth indexes, resources for ordering certificates; links to the Social Security Death Index for Rhode Island, historical statewide death & burial databases, cemetery transcriptions, resources for ordering certificates; historical statewide marriages, and instructions for ordering certificates.

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Births and Christenings 1600-1914

Rhode Island Births and Christenings between 1600 and 1914, searchable by name.

Boards & Commissions

Search the Rhode Island Secretary of State database of Boards and Commissions by keyword/name, or browse the alphabetical index of active boards.

Cemetery Transcriptions

Search database by name for gravestone transcriptions in Rhode Island.

Census - State 1915

Search over 540,000 1915 Rhode Island State Census records or browse images of population schedules.

Census - State 1925

Search over 470,000 1925 Rhode Island State Census records.

Constables

Rhode Island District Court Constables.

Court Records | Superior Court Opinions

Rhode Island Judiciary index of published Superior Court Opinions.

Court Records | U.S. District PACER  Pay Site

Register with the PACER system to search the U.S. District Court of Rhode Island PACER system for Federal civil & criminal court records.

Court Telephone Directory

Browse the Rhode Island Judiciary telephone directory for contacts and phone numbers. Information provided in Adobe Acrobat pdf format.

Crash Reports

Rhode Island accident report online by license number, name, report number, or date. Free searches, pay for reports.

Deaths and Burials 1802-1950

Search by name for Rhode Island deaths and burials recorded between 1802 and 1950.

Delinquent Taxpayers

Browse this listing provided by the Rhode Island Division of Taxation of the names of delinquent taxpayers.

Eviction Records | Tenant Screening  Pay Site

Search Systems Eviction Records. Search statewide in Rhode Island for eviction records by tenant name (individual or business) for just $5 per search. Narrow results by city for common name searches.

Find People

Easy to use, find people in Rhode Island instantly! Find addresses and phone numbers. Free summary of names. Fee for detailed reports.

Government Directory

Search or browse the Rhode Island Directory for state government agencies, departments, and services.

Inmates

Use this Rhode Island Department of Corrections service to search for currently incarcerated inmates or home-confined offenders by name, ID, race, gender, age, city and/or town of residence. Provides case and charge information.

Legislation

Search or browse for pending or enacted legislation using this Rhode Island General Assembly Bill Status System.

License Verification | Professional, Medical & Business

Search free Rhode Island professional, medical, and business license databases and license verification services. These include attorneys, physicians, accountants, real estate agents, contractors, banks, insurance companies, and more.

Lobbyists - by Name

Browse or search the State of Rhode Island Office of Public Information database by name for Rhode Island registered lobbyists.

Lobbyists - by Organization / Employer

Browse or search the State of Rhode Island Office of Public Information database by Organization / Employer name for Rhode Island registered lobbyist firms.

Marriages 1724-1916

Limited database of Rhode Island marriages recorded between 1724 and 1916. Just over 200,000 records.

Missing Children

Browse this listing of missing children in Rhode Island to view information including photo, name, DOB, case #, contact person/#, case type, physical description, date/city missing from and link to poster.

Sex Offenders

Use this State of Rhode Island Parole Board & Offender Community Notification service to search for Level II & III offenders.

Statutes

Browse the General Laws of Rhode Island by Title or search the Rhode Island statutes by keyword or phrase.

Trademarks

Rhode Island Secretary of State trademark and servicemark database searchable by reg. number, mark, description, or registrant.


Rhode Island is located in the New England region of the United States. The Capital is Providence and the largest city is Providence.  The Official Web Site is located at http://www.ri.gov/index.php.  Rhode Island is the 43rd most populous state in the United States.  The 2014 population estimate is 1,055,173 and the 2010 census population was 1,052,931.  The land area is 1,033.81 square miles and there are 1018.1 persons per square mile.

85.6% of the population is White, 7.5% is Black or African American, 13.6% is Hispanic or Latino, 3.3% is Asian, 0.9% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.2% is Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 2.5% are two or more races. 85.2% are a high school graduate or higher, and 31.3% have a Bachelor degree or higher.

The median home value is $247,400. There are on average 2.46 persons per household, the per capita income is $30,469, the median household income is $56,361, and 13.6% of the persons in Rhode Island are considered below poverty level.

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