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 certified copy from your city/town/state (with a raised seal) of a birth certificate. A hospital record is not a certified copy. Only a long-form will be accepted. A valid passport or alien card may be accepted for a foreign birth when the applicant is unable to obtain a birth record in their country of birth.
    • Present a valid government-issued picture ID, e.g., a State-issued driver’s license or passport.
    • 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.
    • If under age 18 or under the control of a legal guardian, a parent or legal guardian must be a party to the application process.

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