Registrations & Titles

RI DMV issues titles for most vehicles model year 2001 or newer. Registrations are issued with a variety of different plate types and designs based on the use of the vehicle.

Attention: Important Information Regarding Sales Tax: Customers are required to remit sales tax to the State in a timely manner. Sales tax on vehicle sales is due on the 20th day of the month following the month in which the sale took place. For example, if your bill of sale is dated July 26, 2020, sales tax is due on or before August 20, 2020. Sales tax paid after the due date will be assessed interest and penalties. If you are not able to visit the DMV in a timely manner to get your vehicle registered and remit sales tax to DMV prior to the tax due date, you may contact the Division of Taxation excise tax section to pay your sales tax directly before the tax due date to avoid the assessment of penalties and interest. Excise tax section can be reached at 401-574-8955 or via email

UPDATE ON VIN CHECKS: Beginning on September 1, 2021, A Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) check is required before registering a vehicle if the title is from another state or the vehicle was registered in another state, and the model year of the vehicle is 2001 or newer.
Applicants should bring the original title, or a copy of the title if there is a lien on the vehicle or if this is a leased vehicle, along with the vehicle to a municipal police department for this service.