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How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Rhode Island

If your vehicle's registration card, license plate(s) or stickers are lost, stolen, or damaged, you may apply for a replacement with the Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles. While the procedure differs slightly depending on what needs to be replaced, you will usually need to complete the Application for Registration and Title Certificate, and fill out the respective sections for plate change if necessary.

APPLYING FOR A REPLACEMENT REGISTRATION CARD

You can apply for a replacement registration card if your card is lost, stolen, or damaged by following these steps:

  1. To apply in person, visit your local DMV office.
  2. Completely fill in the Application for Registration and Title Certificate and get it notarized.
  3. Provide proof of insurance of the vehicle.
  4. If your current registration card has been damaged, attach the damaged card to the application.
  5. Pay the duplicate registration fee, currently $18.50.
An application for a replacement registration card can be made by mail also. When applying by mail, include the completed application and fee, and mail to:
Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles
100 Main Street
Pawtucket, RI 02860    

APPLYING FOR REPLACEMENT LICENSE PLATES

If one or both of your license plates are lost, stolen, or damaged, you must apply for replacement plate(s) immediately. You can obtain replacement plates either in person or by mail. Applying For Replacement License Plates In Person
  1. To apply in person, visit your local DMV office.
  2. If your license plate(s) are damaged, then you need to surrender your old plates and apply for new plates using the plate change option in the Application for Registration and Title Certificate.
  3. If your license plates are lost, complete the Wave Plate Order Form or Designer Plate Order Form. The correct application depends on whether you have regular, special interest, or personalized plates.
  4. If you believe your plates are stolen, you need to submit a copy of the police complaint.
  5. Bring the damaged plate(s) with you, if you still have them.
  6. Bring your valid Rhode Island driver's license or State identification card.
  7. Pay the appropriate duplicate license plate fee, which is currently $21.50.
Applying For Replacement License Plates By Mail To be eligible to apply by mail, you must be the registered owner of the vehicle, and your current address must match the one the Rhode Island DMV has on file.
  1. If your license plates are damaged, then you need to surrender your old plates and apply for new plates using the plate change option in the Application for Registration and Title Certificate.
  2. If your license plates are lost, complete the Wave Plate Order Form or Designer Plate Order Form. The correct application depends on whether you have regular, special interest, or personalized plates.
  3. If you believe your plates are stolen, you need to submit a copy of the police complaint.
  4. Pay the appropriate duplicate license fee, which varies depending on whether you have regular, special interest, or personalized plates. Mail the application, plate(s) and fee to:
    RI Division of Motor Vehicles
    Attn: PLATES
    100 Main Street
    Pawtucket, RI 02860    

APPLYING FOR REPLACEMENT LICENSE PLATE STICKER(S)

If your vehicle's year sticker is lost, stolen or damaged, you are required to obtain a replacement sticker. You should bring along your registration card, driver's license, and proof of insurance to the local DMV office and get replacement license plate stickers.

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