The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH), Office of Vital Records reminds Rhode Islanders that as of July 2, 2011, the State of Rhode Island enacted a law (R.I. Gen. Laws Section 1-15-3.1) that recognizes and legalizes civil unions.
A license for a civil union must be obtained from a city or town hall. Rhode Island residents can apply for a civil union license in the city or town of residence of the individual(s). Non-Rhode Island residents must apply for a civil union license in the city or town where the ceremony will take place.
For information about civil union licenses, visit http://www.health.ri.gov/publications/frequentlyaskedquestions/CivilUnions.pdf For a list of city and town halls, visit http://www.health.ri.gov/records/about/clerkoffices/index.php