Taking Preorders

Special Design Charity Plates

Must meet the minimum pre-paid orders per plate type before plate can be produced

The Charity plates listed below are now taking pre-orders. Please visit the charity's website (link provided within their description) to obtain their RI plate order form and to learn more about the charity and the causes they support.

All plate pre-orders are $42.50 and are handled through the charity and not the RI DMV.  Of the $42.50, $20 goes to the charity, and $22.50 goes towards the production of the license plate.

By submitting a charity plate application, applicant consents to the Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles sharing the information provided with the charitable organization selected. Such information includes, but is not limited to, the applicant’s name, address, telephone number, and/or email address.

Autism Awareness License Plates

Autism Awareness

Support The Autism Project by purchasing the theautismproject.org plate and helping the parents, families and individuals in RI with Autism! This plate will benefit the Autism community of RI by providing scholarships and camperships for their social skills programs and Camp WANNAGOAGAIN. (Design approved and pending the sale of a minimum of 600 sets of plates per plate type with a maximum of 6 characters.) RIGL 31-3-98 (2013)

Boy scouts license plate

Boy Scouts of America

Show your scouting spirit with the new Narragansett Council specialty plate and help scouting thrive in your community. You can build the next generation of leaders by supporting Scouting and purchasing this plate. http://www.narragansettbsa.org/plate (Design approved and pending the sale of a minimum of 600 sets of plates per plate type with a maximum of 6 characters.) RIGL 31-3-119 (2018)

Pomham Rocks Lighthouse

Friends of Pomham Rocks Lighthouse was founded in 2004 as a volunteer organization to save the historical light station in East Providence. Built in 1871, the 7-room Victorian house is perched on a rocky half-acre island. The northernmost lighthouse in the state, Pomham Rocks was crucial in maintaining the safety of commercial and leisure vessels traveling to the bustling port of Providence.

Grants, donations and fundraisers have enabled the Friends to restore the Lighthouse with historical accuracy inside and out. They have established an onsite museum to educate the community on the important role of lightkeepers and of not only this lighthouse, but the other four East Providence lighthouses that once protected mariners in upper Narragansett Bay. Visitors on summer boat tours can observe the antique Fresnel lens and climb to the top of the 42-foot tower for a panoramic view of the bay.

Your support will help Friends of Pomham Rocks Lighthouse continue to maintain and restore this unique Rhode Island landmark, to preserve the rich maritime heritage of our state.

Help fund their efforts by ordering your license plate today. For details, visit our website at  https://pomhamrockslighthouse.org/license-plate/ [pomhamrockslighthouse.org]. RIGL 31-3-122 (2022) 

Day of Portugal license plate

RI Day of Portugal

Order a RI Day of Portugal License Plate and support the RI Day of Portugal organization and its mission through numerous events held throughout the year to benefit the Portuguese and greater Rhode Island community. The RI Day of Portugal is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose purpose is to celebrate the annual Day of Portugal holiday in the State of Rhode Island; preserve the traditions of the Portuguese culture for future generations; and promote the contribution of the Portuguese people, language, and culture within the rich fabric of the State of Rhode Island. There will be a $10.00 registration renewal surcharge that goes to this organization to help support its mission. . (Design approved and pending the sale of a minimum of 600 sets of plates per plate type with a maximum of 5 characters.) RIGL 31-3-118 (2018)

Rose Island Lighthouse

The Rose Island Lighthouse and Fort Hamilton Trust has a mission to preserve the historic and environmental integrity of Rose Island, and to maintain and operate its lighthouse for public access. We invite visitors to the island for tours, educational programming, overnight stays, and to experience the beauty of this off-the-grid maritime gem of Narragansett Bay. 

You can help to support the activities of the RILFH Trust by purchasing the Rose Island Lighthouse Charity License Plate for your car. Order your Rose Island Lighthouse [roseisland.org] plate today.  RIGL 31-3-124 (2022).

Charity Plate Legislation

RIGL 31-3-94. Expiration of authorization of issuance of special motor vehicle plates.

(a) The statutory authorization of the issuance of any special motor vehicle registration plates after January 1, 2022, shall expire if any statutorily mandated minimum number of prepaid orders of such plates has not been satisfied within five (5) years following the enactment of such authorization.

(b) The statutory authorization of the issuance of any special motor vehicle registration plates enacted prior to January 1, 2022, shall expire on June 30, 2023, if any statutorily mandated minimum number of prepaid orders of such plates has not been satisfied prior to that date.

RIGL 31-3-117. Minimum prepaid special motor vehicle registration plate orders.

(a) As to any special motor vehicle registration plates that have been authorized pursuant to this chapter but that have not been issued or printed as of July 2, 2018, because the minimum number of prepaid orders for the plates has not been reached, the minimum number of plates that must be prepaid and ordered prior to the plates being made and issued shall be deemed to be six hundred (600) sets of plates per plate type. If the minimum number of prepaid plates provided pursuant to any other section of this chapter is a higher number, that number shall be deemed reduced to six hundred (600) sets of plates per plate type.

(b) As to any special plates that are authorized pursuant to this chapter after July 2, 2018, the minimum number of plates that must be prepaid and ordered prior to the plates being made and issued shall be six hundred (600) sets of plates per plate type.

(c)(1) Notwithstanding subsections (a) and (b) of this section, the minimum number of prepaid orders for special motor vehicle registration plates that either have been authorized pursuant to this chapter, but have not been issued or printed as of the effective date of this subsection; because the minimum number of prepaid orders for the plates has not been reached or are authorized pursuant to this chapter after the effective date of this subsection, may be reduced to one hundred fifty (150) sets of plates per plate type if the applicable sponsoring nonprofit entity delivers to the division of motor vehicles:

    (i) Orders for a minimum of one hundred fifty (150) sets of plates per plate type; and

    (ii) A nonrefundable payment to compensate for the amount of special plate orders fewer than six hundred (600).  The payment shall be calculated as follows: six hundred (600) orders, less the number of orders placed, multiplied by thirty dollars ($30.00).

  (2) The portion of the applicable sponsoring nonprofit entity's issuance surcharge that is to be allocated to the general fund shall be deemed paid for the first six hundred (600) sets of plates per plate type issued by the payment in an amount as determined by subsection (c)(1)(ii) of this section.

  (3) The division of motor vehicles shall make available plates eligible for issuance pursuant to subsection (c)(1) of this section, no later than six (6) months after receipt of the orders and the nonrefundable payment in the amount determined by subsection (c)(1)(ii) of this section; provided, however, that if multiple orders and payments in amounts pursuant to subsection (c)(1)(ii) of this section are received from different sponsoring nonprofit entities, the division of motor vehicles shall be afforded no more than six (6) months for each separate plate that becomes eligible for issuance and may complete the work necessary for the issuance of one order at a time in the order of receipt.

  (4) The ability of applicable sponsoring nonprofit entities to reduce the minimum number of prepaid orders to one hundred fifty (150) sets of plates per plate type pursuant to subsection (c)(1) of this section shall expire on December 31, 2025.  The division of motor vehicles shall complete the work necessary for issuance of all plates for which it receives the required orders and nonrefundable payments in the amount determined by subsection (c)(1)(ii) of this section on or before December 31, 2025, in accordance with subsection (c)(3) of this section.