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The Elections Division works to make sure elections are fair, fast, and accurate. We also maintain the state's central voter registration system and promote voter registration.

Business Services

The Business Services Division works to provide you with the resources need to begin, maintain, and grow your business. As the official repository for business and commercial records, we maintain the records of over 65,000 registered corporate entities.

Public Information

The Public Information Division works to strengthen government transparency and make government more accessible to Rhode Islanders. State law requires many documents to be filed with us, including Lobbying Disclosures, Public Meeting Notices and Minutes, Disclosure of State Government Consultants and Appointments to Boards and Commissions. We also offer guidance on legislative and lobbying issues.

State Archives and Public Records Administration

The State Archives Division preserves and makes accessible to the public, Rhode Island's historical public records, which date from 1638 to the present. The Public Records Administration and the Local Government Records Program provide records management assistance to state agencies and local governments. The Administrative Records Office is responsible for managing the rules and regulations filed with the Department of State by state agencies.

State Library

The State Library helps lawmakers and the public with legal and historical research. There are more than 155,000 volumes in our collections ranging from reports by federal and state agencies to a complete set of legislative journals.


The Personnel and Finance Division provides human resource support to the employees who work for the Department of State. Employment opportunities with the Department of State please can be found on the Apply RI website. The Personnel and Finance Division is responsible for managing the budget and vendor relations.

eGovernment and Information Technology Division

The eGov and IT Division is responsible for ensuring that Rhode Islanders are able to access public records through the Department of State's website and other electronic avenues. The eGov and IT Division maintains the Department of State's infrastructure for internal and public users and provides data sharing capabilities to state agencies throughout Rhode Island.