Marriage License

Congratulations on your special occasion! Please read below for information on obtaining a Marriage License. For additional questions, please contact the Town Clerk’s Office at 401-253-7000.


In order to obtain a marriage license, couples must complete the License Application/Worksheet.

Application Requirements

Both parties must:

    • Apply for the marriage license together in person and sign the license in the presence of the Town Clerk or her assistant, attesting to the truth of the information listed thereon.
    • Present a valid government-issued picture ID, e.g., a State-issued driver’s license or passport.
    • Present a certified long form certified birth certificate  (with a raised seal). Only a long-form will be accepted.  Hospital records, photo copies, and short form abstracts will not be accepted . 
    • If you were born in another country be sure to have all documentation translated by a certified translator which may include a seal and/or notary and a statement.) Notarized translations are not considered a certified translation;        ATA translation companies are preferred, such as:      International Institute (Dorcas) 401-784-8600 [email protected]
      North Campus: 220 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI 02907
      South Campus: 645 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI 02907
    • If previously married, present a certified copy of the Final Divorce Decree with the raised stamped court seal or a certified copy of the death certificate of the previous spouse.

Witness Requirements

In addition to the officiant, the solemnization of marriage shall be in the presence of at least 2 witnesses who have reached the age of 18.

If the honor attendants are less than 18 years of age, any other persons who have reached the age of 18 and who were present at the ceremony may sign as witnesses.


Obtaining Certified Copies (Marriage Certificates)

Individuals can apply for a Marriage Certificate by completing the application below:

Certified Copies are also available at the Bristol Town Clerk’s Office, the State Office of Vital Records, and the married couple’s town of residence.

Contact Us

Address: 10 Court Street, Bristol, RI 02809
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday | 8:00AM – 4:00PM

Melissa Cordeiro

Town Clerk

Phone: 401-253-7000

Paula CarRoll

Senior Clerk

Phone: 401-253-7000 ext.121