Rhode Island

How to Apply for Car Registration in Rhode Island

You must obtain Rhode Island vehicle registration credentials as soon as you purchase, acquire or inherit an automobile from a dealership. Without valid DMV registration documents from the Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV), you cannot legally operate your newly acquired automobile on public roads and highways. 

To explore the steps you must take to register your new vehicle with the Rhode Island DMV, review the information below.

How to Get Rhode Island DMV Car Registration Credentials

“Where can I apply for RI car registration near me?” you may wonder. To obtain registration credentials for your newly obtained vehicle, you must visit your local DMV office to submit your application and pay any required fees. You cannot register a vehicle online or by mail. 

When obtaining vehicle registration records for your car, truck, SUV or minivan, you must provide the DMV agent with a completed application and payment for the required fee. However, your other application materials will vary depending on whether you purchased the vehicle from a Rhode Island dealer or private party. 

Learn more about these types of situations in the sections below.