Rhode Island

How to Renew Car Registration in Rhode Island

To apply for a car registration renewal in Rhode Island, you may submit your request online, by mail or at a local Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) drop box location. If you pay for an American Automobile Association (AAA) membership, you can also choose to renew your credentials at any AAA branch office. 

However, you cannot apply for DMV registration renewal in person at a local office of the Division of Motor Vehicles, as walk-in requests are not accepted. 

To explore the steps you must take to renew your registration credentials before they expire, review the information below. 

How to Perform a Car Registration Check in Rhode Island

Typically, you will receive a license plate renewal notice from the Rhode Island DMV before your vehicle’s registration credentials expire. This reminder card provides you with specific instructions on how to renew your tags, as well as any additional requirements you must meet. 

If you do not receive this notice, you must contact your local tax collector’s office to check the status of your vehicle’s registration credentials. For instance, if you owe property taxes on your registered vehicle, you may not receive a renewal notice from the DMV.

When performing a car reg check through your tax collector’s office, you will find out whether you need to settle any unpaid property taxes prior to renewing your license plates with the Rhode Island DMV. 

Download our free guide to learn more about the requirements you must meet to renew your registration. 

How to Apply for Tag Renewal in Rhode Island

To apply for DMV car registration renewal in RI before your vehicle’s license plates expire, you can submit your request in one of three ways: online, by mail or in person at a local drop box location or AAA office. Learn more about these application methods in the sections below.