License Plates

Obtaining Plates:

Please refer to the New Registration Section of our website.  New Registrations can be completed at any DMV Branch Location, by mail, or by DMV Drop Box.


Cancellation of Plates:

Plates may be cancelled at any DMV branch location through their Drop Box, at a AAA Branch office (members only) or online through our Online Plate Cancellation page.  Additional information is located in the Cancel Plates Section of our website.


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