The process of applying for a replacement ID card in Rhode Island and the procedure to renew ID card credentials are available to holders of RI ID cards through the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) of the state Department of Revenue. While the methods of renewing and replacing ID card documents are currently limited, the division will still process applications for the RI DMV ID renewal and replacement procedure through any DMV branch office.

Learn more about replacing and renewing ID card credentials by reading the sections outlined below.

How to Renew Your ID Card in Rhode Island

The Rhode Island state ID renewal is a transaction that can be completed in person through a nearby DMV location. Members of the American Automobile Association (AAA) may also be able renew ID cards through an AAA office.

Note that state residents are currently unable to renew ID card online in RI, as this service is offered to holders of non-commercial driver’s licenses. To inform nondrivers of their ID card renewal options and how and when to complete the procedure, the state DMV typically sends out renewal notices before the credential’s expiration date.

How to Renew ID Cards in Rhode Island in Person

Before initiating the DMV ID renewal procedure in person, applicants may be able to expedite the process by contacting their local DMV office to inquire what to bring with them during their office visit. The standard process of renewing ID cards is comprised of the following steps:

  • Present your renewal notice (if available).
  • Submit your current ID card.
  • Fill out and submit the Application for License, Identification Card and Permit (Form LI-1).
  • Present one identity document, such as a U.S. birth certificate or a passport.
  • Pay the RI ID card renewal fee.

Non-U.S. citizens completing the state ID renewal will be required to submit the full set of supporting documents, which includes an identity document with an official signature, proof of Social Security Number or a denial letter and proof of state residency.

After accepting your request to renew ID cards in RI, a DMV official will generally issue you a temporary license, which can be used until the division mails the permanent one to your address on file.

How to Replace Your ID Card in Rhode Island

Replacing ID cards in Rhode Island is a procedure that is generally completed by nondrivers with a damaged, stolen or lost ID card. However, an ID card replacement may also be requested for reasons such as updating the information displayed on the credential.

While the state DMV accepts applications for replacement ID cards through its branch offices, AAA members may also be able to obtain a RI duplicate ID card through an AAA location. Note that the division does not yet offer the option to replace ID card online.

How to Replace ID Cards in Rhode Island in Person

During the RI DMV ID replacement process, applicants are generally required to submit several identification documents in order to prove that the lost or stolen ID card belonged to them. The standard LI-1 form, which is also used to obtain a copy of ID card, contains an affidavit section that must be signed in the event of a destroyed, lost or stolen ID card.

Nondrivers who recover their ID cards at a later date will be required to surrender them to the state DMV. To finalize the standard application process for a replacement ID card in Rhode Island, state residents will be required to complete the following steps:

  • Fill out the corresponding sections of the LI-1 form.
  • Submit one identity document, such as a passport, a birth certificate or an immigration document.
  • Present an additional document that confirms the reason for applying for a duplicate identification card (if applicable).
  • Submit one document that contains the applicant’s signature, such as a passport, a Social Security card or a military ID card.
  • Pay the fee for the ID card copy.

When a DMV official accepts your DMV ID replacement application, the supporting paperwork and the fee payment, he or she will process your request. To learn more about the acceptable documents for the replacement process, contact the state DMV.

Rhode Island ID Card Renewal and Replacement Fees

An important step in the DMV ID renewal and replacement procedures is paying the correct fee amount when submitting your application. Duplicate ID cards can currently be obtained by paying a fee of $26.50. The state ID renewal transaction can also be completed by paying the same fee amount of $26.50.

However, certain groups of applicants are eligible to obtain a renewed or a replacement ID card free of charge. Senior citizens older than 58 years of age, for example, qualify for a fee waiver when applying for an original, renewed or duplicate ID card in RI.

Note: The state DMV does not accept checks as a form of payment for an ID card.

Last updated on Wednesday, March 4 2020.