Rhode Island Public Records

About Rhode Island Open Public Record

The Rhode Island Open Meetings Act dictates the way in which public meetings are conducted and the Access to Public Records Act (APRA) ensures the access to open public records. The APRA was first enacted in 1979 and revised in 1991, 1998 and 2008. Rhode Island was the forty-ninth state to enact a state law guaranteeing access to public records. Rhode Island has set up the Open Government Unit to investigate violations of the Open Meetings Act and the APRA. There are, however, exemptions defined in the law to protect from disclosure when a persons personal privacy would be invaded without warrant. Rhode Island was the first colony to declare independence from British rule on May 4, 1776. However, Rhode Island was the last state to ratify the United States constitution, and it became the 13th state of the Union on May 29, 1790. Rhode Island is the smallest state by area in the United States. It has 5 counties, 8 cities and 31 towns. The Bureau of Criminal Investigations under the office of the Attorney General allows access to criminal history records. Search quickly and accurately for Rhode Island public records. Solicit all levels of Rhode Island government and their sites for services and public information. Useful links to vital, court and criminal records, as well as current news and crime reports. See Rhode Island crime statistics, census data, housing and economy information. Find criteria about the state's residents, education, income and payrolls. Also explore current real estate data, property and land values. Read about Rhode Island's business demographics and look up taxes by county. Check back regularly as new resources and data are added to this site.
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Rhode Island Free Public Records Directory


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Ask Questions, About Rhode Island

  • Where can I find in Rhode Island, the House vote on tolls?
    Are you talking about the truck toll bill? The governor (Raymondo) approved the bill after the debate, 52 for and 21 against. (Staff)
  • What is the best way to view arrests across Rhode Island?
    There are crime maps on individual police websites that show all incidents, including arrests throughout Rhode Island. Arrests are published online by individual, either small or large law enforcement departments. When a person is booked, the police will enter the information in an arrest log, jail/inmate list, or any other term used to show people that are in custody. There are periodicals which show recent arrests in their local areas. (Staff)
  • Where can I find different types of background checks in Rhode Island?
    There are numerous ways in which to order a background check and several types. You can conduct the search for different case types at once, or you can also choose to search just a felony or misdemeanors. You will be able to see the case's description, court, filing date, case type, status, arrest details, arresting agency and case ID. This is not a complete background check, only a check of case records of certain types. Background check is a broad term. In many cases it is just a search of criminal records and others it's more. There are instances where an individual needs to show a driver's history record to an employer as a term of their application process. Various departments throughout Rhode Island have individual responsibilities. Although police departments make out the reports, the cases end up in court. It is best to look up court records as the state police does not seem to have an online source to conduct a background check. Some background check of criminal records services reveal their coverage, such as whether traffic violations, misdemeanors or DUIs appear. A case search from the courts would generally cover a lot of the criminal records, however traffic violations if only resulted in just a citation will probably not show up. You can search for records on your own and only get what you need. If all you need is a criminal record check, the criminal courts is where to look. However, if you're looking for assets such as home ownership for example, you can look up land records from the town clerk's office, here are links to town/city websites, look for the town clerk, some of the services such as form downloads and instructions on how to request property information is also included. (Staff)

Rhode Island Latest Crime Records (Updated 01/21/2021)

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Rhode Island American Community Survey (ACS) Census Bureau (Updated 01/21/2021)

  • About Rhode Island ACS Demographic and Housing Estimates
    Rhode Island's demographic and housing ACS survey of 1,053,252 being 0.34 percent of U.S. residents is comprised of 48.4% males and 51.6% of females. American Community Survey separates various ethnicities depending on the area's population of persons from less than 5 years of age to 85 years old and over. ACS is an ongoing survey with five year estimates down to the block group scale providing a summary spanning five years, from 2010 to 2014 and released in 2014. View the percentage of the population by race, including various groups of Native Americans, Asians, American Indian, Alaska Native, and two or more races.
  • About Rhode Island Selected Social Characteristics
    The Rhode Island social characteristics data of 409,569 households, which make up 0.35 percent of all U.S. households, are surveyed by ACS . View the number and percentages of married and divorced residents 15 years and older, including 256,036 families with and without children. There are 273,474 persons enrolled in school which are 3 years of age and over are separated by education level from nursery school to graduate and professional degrees. The state's resident social characteristics collected data include estimated percentages and totals of persons which are foreign born, Island areas, born abroad to American parent(s), citizenship status and ancestry.
  • About Rhode Island Selected Economic Characteristics
    The Rhode Island American Community Survey economic characteristics displays current and past employment of 862,851 persons which are 16 years of age and older comprising of 0.35 percent of the United States labor force. Employment numbers of 565,123 civilians in various occupations from construction to information technology collected by industry. Overview of income and benefits in 2014, received from private entities and public public assistance. Population of the labor force with private or public health coverage for both employed and unemployed residents. Data regarding the percentage of families with income below poverty level are collected by age groups ranging from persons under the age of 18 to 65 years and over.
  • About Rhode Island Selected Housing Characteristics
    Rhode Island housing characteristics are collected from 462,930 dwellings making up 0.35 percent of all U.S. housing, includes a survey of either inhabited 409,569 or uninhabited 53,361 domiciles. Data coverage of various rentals or owned structures containing 1 room to 9 rooms. Find out which mode of transportation 409,569 commuters in the state used to get to work. Look up the type of energy utilized by individual occupied residences. An overview of median monthly homeowner costs with or without mortgage. Percentage of rent versus income per household and homeowner costs as percentage of household income. Information collected begins with residence from 1969 or earlier.