New Registration

Forms and Fees

  • You need to complete and sign the Application for Registration.
  • Refer to the third page of the Application for Registration for a list of documents needed to perform this transaction.
  • Costs are listed in the DMV Registration Fee Table
  • Minors under the age of 18 who want to process a registration in their name are required to have a GU-1338 certificate of insurance on record at the Cranston DMV. The GU-1338 certificate of insurance must be in the name of the minor, contact your Insurance Company to obtain this minor filing insurance.

Dealer Sale

  • Insurance Information (valid RI insurance)
  • Dealer Sales Tax form
  • Bill of Sale
  • Gross Vehicle Weight (GVWR – found on VIN plate on driver's side door)
  • RI license or identification card
  • RI Use Tax form (out-of-state dealers only)
  • Power of Attorney (if leased vehicle)
  • If two owners on title, both parties must be present during registration, if not, signature of the absent party must be notarized on the Application for Registration.
  • Manufacturer's Statement of Origin (MSO) or Title (if model year of vehicle is 2001 or newer)
  • VIN Check: Vehicles 2001 or newer, if the title is from another state or the vehicle was registered in another state, a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) check is required before you register the car.
  • Sales tax must be paid at the time of registration in the State of Rhode Island.

Private Party Sale

  • Insurance Information (valid RI insurance)
  • Title (if model year of vehicle is 2001 or newer)
  • Seller must sign the back of the title (if model year of vehicle is 2001 or newer).
  • Bill of Sale
  • Gross Vehicle Weight (GVWR – found on VIN plate on driver's side door)
  • RI license or identification card
  • Proof of Previous Owner, such as a registration certificate (non-titled vehicles)
  • Gift letter (notarized and accompanied by a gift affidavit if vehicle gifted is from a non-immediate family member)
  • If two owners on title, both parties must be present during registration, if not, signature of the absent party must be notarized on Application for Registration.
  • VIN Check: Vehicles 2001 or newer, if the title is from another state or the vehicle was registered in another state, a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) check is required before you register the car.
  • Sales tax must be paid at the time of registration in the State of Rhode Island.