RI LAWS & INFORMATION

As Of 4-12-24

Video marriages are not legally recognized in Rhode Island. To be legally married in the state, couples must follow specific requirements:

RI RESIDENTS

  1. Marriage License Application:
    • Couples marrying in Rhode Island must apply for a marriage license at the city or town clerk’s office. Your officiant is not able to obtain this for you.
    • If both applicants live in Rhode Island, they can apply for the license from the city/town clerk’s office of either applicant’s residence.
    • If only one applicant lives in Rhode Island, they may apply for the license from the city/town clerk’s office of that applicant’s residence.
    • The marriage license is valid in any city or town in Rhode Island, allowing the couple to be married anywhere within the state.
  2. Non-Residents:
    • If neither applicant lives in Rhode Island, the marriage license must be obtained from the city or town clerk’s office where the ceremony will take place. The town clerk of where the service will be held.
    • Rhode Island law specifies that the marriage license is valid only in the city or town where it was issued for nonresidents.
    • If the marriage ceremony occurs in a different city or town, the validity of the marriage may be questioned.
  3. Required Documentation:
  4. Officiants:

Remember, while video marriages may not be legally recognized, following the proper procedures ensures a valid and legally binding marriage in Rhode Island.