There are two ways to request a copy of a birth certificate: by mail or in person.
By mail: Birth certificates can be obtained by writing to the Office of Vital Records, Room 101, Cannon Building, 3 Capitol Hill, Providence, RI 02908-5097 or to the city or town where the mother lived when the baby was born. If you send for a birth certificate through the mail, you must include a photo copy of your driver's license.
In-person: Requests may be made in person at the state office address listed above or to the city hall or town hall where the mother lived when the baby was born.
Please be advised that in most cases, you will receive your records more quickly from the city or town locations than from the State Office.