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Rhode Island Vehicle Registration

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Registering a car in Rhode Island is necessary for all vehicle owners. This guide will walk you through the steps, requirements, fees, types of registrations, and forms needed to register your car in Rhode Island. Additionally, it will cover the processing time, where to process your vehicle registration, and how to renew a registration.


Before registering your car in Rhode Island, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a Rhode Island resident.
  • Have a valid Rhode Island driver’s license.
  • Obtain Rhode Island car insurance.
  • Complete a VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) check if the vehicle is purchased out-of-state or is a used vehicle.

Types of Registrations

There are different types of vehicle registrations in Rhode Island, including:

  • New vehicle registration
  • Used vehicle registration
  • Out-of-state vehicle registration
  • Temporary registration


The fees for registering a car in Rhode Island vary depending on the type of vehicle, its weight, and the duration of the registration. Here are some general fees:

  • Passenger vehicles: $41.50 for 1 year or $83 for 2 years
  • Motorcycles: $24.50 for 1 year or $49 for 2 years
  • Electric vehicles: $61.50 for 1 year or $123 for 2 years
  • Trailers: $7.50 for 1 year or $15 for 2 years

Please note that these fees are subject to change, and additional fees may apply for specific situations, such as late registration or title fees.

Forms Needed

To register your car in Rhode Island, you will need to complete the following forms:

  • Application for Registration and Title Certificate (Form TR-1): This form is required for all types of vehicle registrations.
  • Sales tax form (Form T-334-2): This form is required if you purchased the vehicle from a dealer or private seller.
  • Proof of insurance: A valid Rhode Island insurance card or policy is required.
  • Proof of residency: A utility bill, lease agreement, or other official documents showing your Rhode Island address is required.
  • Bill of sale: This document is required if you purchased the vehicle from a private seller.
  • Title: The vehicle’s title is required if you are the owner or if the vehicle is financed.
  • VIN check: A completed VIN check is required for out-of-state or used vehicles.

Processing Time

The processing time for vehicle registration in Rhode Island typically takes 5-7 business days. However, this may vary depending on the volume of applications and the specific registration office’s processing capacity.

Where to Process Your Vehicle Registration

To process your vehicle registration in Rhode Island, you can visit any of the following locations:

  • Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) offices
  • AAA offices (for AAA members only)
  • Online registration (for renewals only)

It is recommended to call ahead and make an appointment to avoid long waiting times.

Renewing a Registration

To renew your vehicle registration in Rhode Island, you can do so online, by mail, or in person at a DMV or AAA office. You will need your current registration, proof of insurance, and payment for the renewal fees. Renewal notices are usually sent out 60 days before the expiration date, and you can renew your registration up to 90 days before it expires.

Remember to keep this guide handy when you need to register a car in Rhode Island. By following these steps and meeting the requirements, you’ll be able to register your vehicle smoothly and efficiently.

Last Verified:
May 26, 2023