*** Recordings are accepted via mail only and all In-Person Vault Research is suspended until further notice.  

*** Some recordings are now available online. Indexes from June 1, 1973 and images from August 6, 2020 may be searched via All searches are free of charge.  Users may print or download documents for a per page charge.  For volume users, an annual subscription option is available which will reduce the per page charge.  

You may email orders of copies of any indexed document or map for $1.50 per page plus $3 per order.  Select the documents you want and email with book and page or map number.  Please clearly specify whether you are requesting the first page or the entire document.  We will call you back with the fee.  We will send the requested documents via email or US mail, your choice. 

Mail a request including book(s) and page(s) and a check for fees made out to “New Shoreham Town Clerk” to one of the following addresses.  Alternatively, you may pay the fee using a credit card by calling 401-466-3200.

US Mail        
         Town Clerk’s Office

         PO Box 220

         Block Island, RI 02807

FedEx or UPS
         Town Clerk’s Office
         16 Old Town Road
         Block Island, RI 02807

            June 1, 1973 - December 31, 1993 - Grantor
June 1, 1973 - December 31, 1993 - Grantee
            January 1, 1994 - December 31, 2013 - Grantor
            January 1, 1994 - December 31, 2013 - Grantee
            January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2019 - Grantor
            January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2019 - Grantee
            January 1, 2020 - August 5, 2020 - Grantor
            January 1, 2020 - August 5, 2020 - Grantee

            August 6, 2020 - October 6, 2020 Receiving Book
            October 7, 2020 - December 17, 2020 Receiving Book

            Map Index - Sorted by Map Number
            Map Index - Sorted by Plat and Lot
            Map Index - Sorted by Property Owner


General Recording Information: 

The Town of New Shoreham accepts documents for recording Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 2:45 pm.  We accept recording through the U.S. mail at:

         Town Clerks Office
         P.O. Box 220
         Block Island, RI  02807

When using Fedex or UPS, ship to:

         Town Clerk's Office
         New Shoreham Town Hall
         16 Old Town Road
         Block Island, RI 02807

Please do not ship with DHL, as the ferry charges the Town additional fees for shipping.

The Block Island Land Trust charges the purchaser a fee of 3% of the purchase price of all property transactions in New Shoreham.  Timeshare transactions only need pay one quarter of the 3% fee. 

Block Island Land Trust forms must be recorded with every deed.   The forms include Land Trust Certificate ACertificate B and Certificate C

The Form A must be filed with every deed. 
Certificate B is only filed when the transaction is exempt from fees.  To determinine whether you are entitled to an exemption, view/download Are You Entitled to an Exemption?.
Certificate C is filed when a corporation is a party in the transaction.   
For additional information on these forms, please refer to the Block Island Land Trust page.

The fee schedule for filing deeds with Land Trust forms is as follows:

     Deed                           $84.00 for 1st page and $1.00 for each additional page
     Certificate A                   $6.00
     Certificate B                   $1.00
     Certificate C                   $1.00

The Rhode Island Conveyance Tax Stamp is $2.00 for each $500.00 or portion thereof.  A complete listing of recording fees may be found on the Recording Fee Schedule as of June 21, 2012.  

Checks for recording fees and tax stamps should be made out to the Town of New Shoreham.  Checks for the Land Trust fee should be made out to Block Island Land Trust.

~ What's new? 

      Information on recent property transfers ("comps") is now available on the Land Trust page.

~ Download Forms and Documents Below (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader):  Get Adobe Reader

Recording Fees as of 6/21/2012

19730601-19931231 Grantor

19730601-19931231 Grantee

19940101-20131231 Grantor

19940101-20131231 Grantee

Map Index Sorted by Map Number

Map Index Sorted by Plat and Lo

Map Index Sorted by Property Owner

20140101-20191231 Grantee

20140101-20191231 Grantor

20200101-2020429 Grantee

20200101-20200429 Grantor

20200429-20200605 Grantee

20200429-20200605 Grantor

20200806-20201006 Receiving Book

20200101-20200805 Grantor

20200101-20200805 Grantee

20201007-20201217 Receiving Book

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