Marriage Licenses and Requirements


The Cranston City Clerk’s office, located in Room 207 of Cranston City Hall (869 Park Ave., Cranston, RI 02910), issues marriage licenses by APPOINTMENT ONLY.  We make (3) appointments per business day (9am, 11am, and 2pm).  Please call or email a member of our staff (listed at bottom of page) to schedule your appointment.

  • If both parties live in Rhode Island, you may apply for the marriage license from the city/town hall where either party resides.
  • If only one party lives in Rhode Island, apply for a marriage license at the city/town hall where the Rhode Island resident lives.
  • If neither party lives in Rhode Island, but the marriage ceremony will be performed in Rhode Island, apply for the marriage license at the city/town hall where the ceremony will take place.
  • Both parties must be 18 years of age and attend the appointment in person.Please contact our office for instructions on marriage by proxy or permits to marry for minors and persons under legal guardianship.


  • Completed [marriage worksheet] (may be completed in advance, but must be signed in our presence).
  • Cash, check, or money order in the amount of $24.00 payable to the City of Cranston.
  • A valid government-issued Photo ID
  • Proof of residency if the Cranston address is not listed on the Photo ID
  • Birth certificate.

    Please note foreign birth certificates MUST be translated by an ATA certified translation company. 
    Notarized translations are not certified and will not be accepted.

    (For translation services, please contact Dorcas at 401-784-8600 | | 645 Elmwood Ave., Providence, RI 02907)

  • Refugees who cannot obtain their birth record may present a passport or alien card, subject to verification by Immigration
  • Proof of dissolution of prior marriages, civil unions, common law marriages, and registered domestic partnerships (if applicable) in the form of a certified copy of the FINAL JUDGMENT or a certified copy of the prior spouse’s death certificate, containing a raised seal. Photo copies will not be accepted.

The license is only valid for marriages performed within the State of Rhode Island. It expires in 90 days.  If not used within 90 days, it must be returned to our office.

The City Clerk’s office does not perform marriage ceremonies or serve as witnesses. You must arrange your own location, officiant, and witnesses.

The signed, completed license must be returned to the City Clerk’s office within 72 business hours of the ceremony.  Upon receipt, the City Clerk’s office will register the marriage.  Once registered, certified copies of marriage certificates will be available in person or by using our [online vital records portal].  Once registered, corrections can only be made by the Office of Vital Records | 222-2811

Roberta Turchetta (T, W only) |401-780-3192

Brittney Richards (M, Th, F only) |401-780-3236

Matthew Goyette | 401-780-3195

Dawn Zanni |401-780-3197

Rosalba Zanni |401-780-3194