Land Evidence

Land Evidence records date back to 1680. A computerized index is available to the public for review from 1990 - present and actual documents can be viewed from 2005 - present. Land Evidence records are not available online at this time.

Real Estate Recordings
Real estate recordings are accepted for recording in person, Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 3:45 p.m. or by mail:
Town Clerk’s Office
10 Court Street
Bristol, RI 02809

Return Time
All original documents are returned at the time of recording. All mail recordings must include a self addressed stamped envelope for the return of original recorded documents. Checks should be made payable to Town of Bristol.

A copy/certified copy of a recorded document may be obtained either in person or by written request, accompanied by the appropriate fee (per Rhode Island state law, $1.50 per page and $3 for certification) and a self addressed stamped envelope.

Effective April 1, 2007 all deeds must have the sale price contained within the document or language to the effect that the transfer is not a sale.

Recording Fees

Fee for First Page
Fee for Each Additional Page
All Other Document
$49.00 $1.00
Assignment of Mortgage
$49.00 $1.00
Bill of Sale
$49.00 $1.00
Declaration of Homestead
$49.00 $1.00
Deed $84.00 $1.00
Discharge of Execution, Writ, and Attachment
$49.00 $1.00
Discharge of Mortgage
$49.00 $1.00
Easement $49.00 $1.00
Execution, Writ, and Attachments *
$14.00 $1.00
Federal Tax Lien and Release

Lease $64.00 $1.00
Lis Pendens
$84.00 $1.00
Map, Plat, and Survey
$49.00 $1.00
Mechanic's Lien *
$12.00 $1.00
Mortgage $64.00 $1.00
Municipal Lien Certificate *
Partial Release of Mortgage
$49.00 $1.00
Power of Attorney
$49.00 $1.00
UCC Documents - 1 to 2 Pages *
UCC Documents - More Than 2 Pages *
  • Anything marked with a * there is no $4 Rhode Island Historical Records Trust fee imposed on these recordings.
  • Effective November 1, 2007
  • Fees include $4 Rhode Island Historical Records Trust fee (RIGL 42-8.1-20)
  • Please make checks payable to: Town of Bristol.
  • Real Estate Conveyance Tax is $4.60 per thousand (rounded to the nearest five hundred) as of July 1, 2014.
  • There is a $1 fee for each additional page recorded