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Rhode Island Background Check Resources

Background checks are governed by the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Most state laws concerning public records and background checks are very liberal and straightforward. In the State of Rhode Island, public records are readily available to anyone wishing to obtain them through appropriate official state agency channels. Background checks are instrumental in the parties' ability to enter into various legally binding contracts, and as such, are always a good idea. Background checks generally require a written permission prior to performing the inquiry. Occasionally, it is possible to obtain such reports without permission, but the results may lack in-depth details.

If the background check adversely affects the consumer, the party accessing public records must provide a copy of the report and a summary of the consumer's rights under FCRA, and allow the consumer reasonable time to contest the report. Due to the increasing threat of identity theft, some states (i. e. California) may now require the employer to provide a copy of the background check report to the consumer regardless of its content.

Call the telephone numbers listed below (or visit the listed websites) to learn how to access the specific background check information you're seeking. Public information may be accessible online or by phone, mail or in person.

It's always best to call before sending written inquiries in order to obtain exact addressing/ordering information.

RHODE ISLAND STATE INFORMATION HOT LINE:
(401) 222-2080

RHODE ISLAND STATE WEB SITE:
www.state.ri.us

State Archives

Criminal Records
Department of the Attorney General
Bureau of Criminal Identification
150 S. Main St.
Providence RI 02903
(401) 274-4400 x2353
(401) 222-1331 (fax)

Department of Corrections

Driving Records
Department of Motor Vehicles
Driving Record Clerk
Operator Control
345 Harris Ave.
Providence RI 02909
(401) 721-2650
www.dmv.state.ri.us

Vehicle Ownership Information
Registry of Motor Vehicles
286 Main Street
Pawtucket RI 02860
(401) 588-3020
(401) 721-2697 (fax)
www.dmv.state.ri.us

Vital Statistics
(birth, death, marriage) [divorce records available only at country
level Family Courts]
State Department of Health
Division of Vital Records
3 Capitol Hill, Room 101
Providence RI 02908
(401) 222-2812
(401) 222-2811 (fax)
www.healthri.org

Business/Corporate Records
Secretary of State
Corporations Division
100 N. Main St.
Providence RI 02903
(401) 222-3040
(401) 222-1309 (fax)

Workers Compensation Information
Department of Labor & Training
Division of Workers Compensation
PO Box 3500
Providence RI 02909
(401) 462-8100
(401) 462-8105 (fax)
www.dlt.state.ri.us

UCCs [tax liens available only at county level]
Secretary of State
UCC Division
100 N Main St.
Providence RI 02903
(401) 222-3040
(401) 222-3879 (fax)

Call the telephone numbers listed below (or visit the listed websites) to learn how to access the specific background check information you're seeking. Public information may be accessible online or by phone, mail or in person.

It's always best to call before sending written inquiries in order to obtain exact addressing/ordering information.

Note: Government agencies are continually updating and expanding online access to their records; consequently, this page is continually updated and expanded. Check back for the latest information!

City-County Cross Index

Adult Criminal Information Database - All Counties

Bristol County
514 Main St.
Warren, RI 02885
(401) 253-7000

Kent County
Town Clerk's Office
1170 Main St.
West Warwick, RI 02893-2144
(401) 822-1311

Newport County
43 Broadway
Newport, RI 02840
(401) 841-8330

Providence County
25 Dorrance St.
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 222-3250

Washington County
P.O. Box 31
Wakefield, RI 02880-0031
(401) 782-4121