System Maintenance

Due to scheduled maintenance, the Open Meetings, Lobby Registration Desk and Corporate Filing applications and searches will be unavailable on Saturday, July 11, 2020. Thank you for your patience and we apologize for any inconvenience.

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Public Records

The Secretary of State's office processes, preserves, and gives the public access to hundreds of thousands of historic state documents and public records. Below is more information about how to request public records filed with our office. We’ve also provided quick links to frequently requested public records.

  • Access to Public Records Act: Learn about the Rhode Island General Law regarding access to public records.
  • Public Records Request: View the Department of State’s regulation regarding public records requests, and view the Access to Public Records request form as part of the regulation.
  • Municipal Ordinances: View proposed changes to city and town ordinances posted with the Department of State by municipalities. 
  • State Leases: Search state agency leases as filed electronically with the Department of State.
  • Financial Audits: Search financial audits of state agencies and departments, as well as quasi-public agencies.