How to Complete Your Rhode Island Registration

Want to get your car on the road in Rhode Island? It’s an easy process done in-person.

A Rhode Island car registration requires you to file and submit a few different forms and fees depending on the type of vehicle. Registration is a requirement whether you’ve purchased a vehicle new or used, through a private or dealer sale. The registration process shouldn’t take long if you follow this guide.

Your main tasks include satisfying:

  • Proof of identification
  • Registration/Title application
  • Proof of ownership
  • Proof of emissions testing (if applicable)
  • Proof of VIN check
  • Paying the taxes and fees

…plus, any applicable vehicle testing and disclosures.

You will register your vehicle, in-person, at a Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles. Failing to register on-time can result in potential issues if your driving privileges.

We’ve outlined the Rhode Island registration process, keeping it as easy-as-possible.

Your Rhode Island Vehicle Registration Guide: Step-by-Step

The registration process doesn’t take long if you have documents ready for submission. Complete the transaction between the parties – making sure everything is signed – and then head down to your local Rhode Island DMV office (find one here).

To register your vehicle’s title/registration in Rhode Island you will:

  1. Show your Rhode Island driver’s license or ID card
  2. Submit the Application for Registration and Certificate of Title (TR-1)
  3. Submit the vehicle documents:
    1. Bill of Sale
    2. Signed title (2001 and newer)
    3. VIN check (2001 and newer from out-of-state)
    4. Proof of previous owner (non-title vehicles)
  4. Submit a Use Tax form (T-334-2)
  5. Provide proof of Rhode Island auto insurance
  6. Pay your registration fees and taxes
    1. See: RI’s Fee Chart

You’ll receive your registration documents and be on your way. Congratulations, you’ve completed the vehicle registration process in Rhode Island! The registration is good for 2 years.

Other Vehicle Registration Types

Coming from out-of-state? You’ll have 30 days to transfer the title, get an RI license and RI auto insurance, do a VIN check, and complete the registration process like it’s detailed below.

Bought from a dealership? The dealer will handle the paperwork and registration on your behalf letting you get on the road without any troubles. If not, you’ll complete the registration process by also include the Dealer Sales tax form, Statement of Origin, and a VIN if 2001 and newer.

Leasing a vehicle? You will submit the title or Certificate of Origin from the lessor to the DMV. You’ll also provide the Power of Attorney and a Sales and Use Tax Exemption Certificate (T-333-1) if the leasing company is down on the title/ownership.

Rhode Island Vehicle Inspections

A vehicle inspection is required every 2 years for all vehicles in Rhode Island. This test checks the safety and emissions. You’ll complete this at a local testing facility.

Set a Reminder for Registration Renewal

You’ll want to mark your calendar else wait to receive a renewal notice when it comes time. Check the exact date listed on the registration documents so keep this in mind!

See our RI registration renewal guide for more info when you’re ready.

Congratulations! You’ve registered your vehicle in the state of Rhode Island. Practice safe driving on the roads, be nice to others, and you’ll have a wonderful time on the open roads!