License Plates

Plates may be cancelled at any DMV branch location or at a AAA branch office (members only). Additional information is located in the Cancel Plates section of Registrations & Titles.

Preferred Plates

Preferred plates are requested through the Office of Governor, State House Room 144, 82 Smith Street, Providence, RI 02903. Phone: (401) 222-2080. Fax: (401) 222-8096. Email:

Preferred Plates are defined as: Passenger plates with 1 letter with 1-3 digits; 2 letters with 1-2 digits; and 1-4 digits (1-9999); Commercial, Combination, Motorcycle plates with 1-4 digits (1-9999) and Antique plates (1-2000); Suburban and Veteran plates with 1-3 digits (1-999), and National Guard and Public plates with 1-2 digits (1-99).

Application for Preferred License Plates

    Wave Plate Design

    The wave plate is the standard issue Rhode Island plate design. It features the light blue wave on a white background with dark blue numbers.

    • Costs are listed in the DMV Plate Fee Table.
    • Available as passenger, motorcycle, or commercial plates.

    Sailboat Plate Design

    The sailboat plate is an alternate Rhode Island plate design option. It features a gray sailboat on a white background with dark blue numbers. RIGL 31-3-60

    Veteran Plates

    Disabled Veteran
    National Guard
    Prisoner of War (POW)
    Purple Heart
    Veteran Gold Star Parent

    Other Plates

    Amateur Radio Operator
    Electric Hybrid

    Charity Plates

    AAA Member Services
    AAA members in Rhode Island can take advantage of many transaction services at select branch offices.
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