Rhode Island Public Records
In Rhode Island, all documents, papers, letters, maps, books, tapes, photographs, films, sound recordings, magnetic or other tapes, electronic data processing records, and computer data made or received in the course of official business by any public agency are considered public records. The Access to Public Records Act, located in Statutory Code Chapter 38-2, declares that every person has the right to inspect these records.
Some exceptions are medical records, personnel records, trade secrets, personal financial records, law enforcement investigation records, records protected by attorney/client relationship, child custody & adoption records, security plans by military & law enforcement agencies, labor negotiation strategy reports or notes, and library records of borrowers.
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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|Company Search |
Search Rhode Island Secretary of State records for corporations, limited liability companies, and limited partnerships registered to do business in the State. This site offers a wide range of search features.
|Company Search | New Registrations |
Rhode Island Office of the Secretary of State provides these downloadable lists of new filings for corporations, limited liability companies, limited liability partnerships, and limited partnerships.
|Court Records | Criminal & Traffic by Case Number |
Search the Rhode Island Judiciary Adult Criminal Information database by case ID and/or docket date. Includes felony, misdemeanor, ordinance, traffic, and violation records. TIP: Follow prompts, as they require acceptance of Disclaimer page twice.
|Court Records | Criminal and Traffic |
Search for Rhode Island criminal and traffic records by name, date, and/or case type. Includes felony, misdemeanor, ordinance, traffic, and violation records.
|Court Records | U.S. District PACER Bankruptcy Pay Site|
U.S. District Court of Rhode Island bankruptcies. Register with the fee-based PACER system to search for Federal bankruptcy court records by case number, name, SSN/Tax ID, or case type.
|Criminal Records Pay Site|
Search Rhode Island statewide or nationwide for criminal records by name & DOB or age. Statewide database contains Rhode Island District and Superior Court records of statewide felony and misdemeanor cases, Department of Corrections inmate records; and the Rhode Island offender registry. Our nationwide database contains over 450 million records.
|Inmates / Offenders |
Search for offenders and inmates in Rhode Island by name, DOB or age range.
|Most Wanted |
Rhode Island State Police database of wanted fugitives.
|Unclaimed Property |
Search the Rhode Island Office of the General Treasury Unclaimed Property Division by name for unclaimed property and missing money.
|Uniform Commercial Code |
Search the Rhode Island Secretary of State UCC filings database by name, file number, or date. You may also limit your search to debtors, secured parties, or assignees. Non-certified file pdf documents are available for free.
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|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.
|Census - State 1915 |
Search over 540,000 1915 Rhode Island State Census records or browse images of population schedules.
Rhode Island District Court Constables.
|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.
|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.
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.
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.
Browse the General Laws of Rhode Island by Title or search the Rhode Island statutes by keyword or phrase.
|Traffic Accident Reports |
Use this TRACview service to purchase a traffic accident report if you were involved in an accident in Rhode Island. Accounts are available for insurance companies. Law enforcement agencies can apply for free accounts.