The Town Clerk's Office supports the town council; handles land, birth, marriage, and death records, as well as probate and municipal courts; and also handles Open Records requests. Staff from the Clerk's office also handle the switchboard and direct residents to the appropriate departments.
Online Land Evidence Records
The Town Clerk's Office also provides residents with free Notary Public Services. No appointment is required.
- Marriage License - How To Apply (PDF)
- Marriage License Application (PDF)
- Marriage License - Certified Copy - Fillable Form (PDF)
Dog License Requirements, per RIGL 4-13-4 and Chapter 4 of the Code of Ordinances:
(1) Every owner or keeper of a dog shall annually, in April, obtain a license effective May 1 through the office of the town clerk in which the owner or keeper resides.
(2) The fee for the license shall be six dollars ($6.00).
(3) Any person who fails to license his/her dog(s) on or before April 30 annually, in addition to the annual licensing fee, pays a late charge of $3. There is also a $1.00 fee for the replacement of lost dog tags.
(4) No license shall be issued unless a valid rabies certificate is provided.
(5) A license shall be obtained within thirty (30) days after becoming the owner or keeper of a dog.
(6) It shall be unlawful to keep more than 3 licensed dogs at the same residence, except as permitted by the Chief of Police. This does not apply to licensed kennels.
Residents may apply for the dog license through the online portal.
How to File a Claim
The Town of Cumberland accepts petitions for claims for damages resulting from Town negligence. The Town considers claims for damages to mailboxes caused by Town plows, to tires caused by potholes on Town-owned roads, and other similar damages.
The Finance Subcommittee reviews and approves claims on behalf of the Town. Relevant departments are asked to provide comments to the Finance Subcommittee, so they have as much information as possible.
The Town cannot accept petitions for damages that occur on state roads. Visit the Rhode Island Department of Transportation website or call them at 401-222-2450 to inquire about damages caused by potholes or state plows on state roads. There is a very limited time period within which you may file a claim; we encourage you to act quickly.
See the Petition for Claim of Property and/or Vehicle Damage (PDF) for further information and the claim form.
Public Records Requests:
Please be advised that the Town of Cumberland cannot require that a records request be on the Town of Cumberland’s form or otherwise be written if the request is readily identifiable as a public records request. This form is provided solely for your convenience.
NOTE: If you chose to pick up the records but did not include identifying information on this form (name, etc.), please inform the Town Clerk of the date you made the request, the records requested, and the request number. Thank you.