How to Get a Personalized License Plate in Rhode Island

Are you the type of person who likes to buck the norm and do things in your own style? If you live in Rhode Island, you can have your own style whenever you drive your vehicle if you display a personalized license plate. Personalized plates are also known as vanity plates in the Ocean State. Continue reading to find out how to get a personalized license plate in Rhode Island.

Steps

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    Visit the Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles website at www.dmv.ri.gov.
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    Click on "Forms and Fees" in the left-hand column, then select "Registration Forms."
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    Download and print the Application for Remake and Vanity License Plates.
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    Fill in your full name, address, email address and telephone number at the top of the form.
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    Check the box beside your vehicle type, such as Passenger, Motorcycle or Commercial.
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    Write in your current plate number and type.
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    Submit 2 choices for your personalized license plate in the character boxes provided.
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    Choose the Wave or Sailboat plate design by checking the appropriate box.
    • Note that the Sailboat design costs more than the Wave design, and the Sailboat design is not offered for motorcycles.
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    Select the location of the DMV Center where you would like to pick up your personalized license plate when it is complete, and check the appropriate box.
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    Sign and date the application.
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    Add a phone number at the bottom of the application where you can be reached during daytime hours.
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    Use the fee chart on the Rhode Island DMV website to determine the cost of your personalized license plate.
    • Enter this amount in the space provided at the bottom of the application.
    • Write a check or money order out for that amount to the Rhode Island DMV.
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    Mail the check or money order and completed application to Rhode Island DMV, Division of Motor Vehicles, Plate Department, 600 New London Avenue, Cranston, RI 02920-3024.
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    Renew your registration every 2 years to maintain your personalized license plate.

Tips

  • The application for a personalized license plate in Rhode Island must be filled out only in black or blue ink.
  • The application can also be used to remake a current license plate. To do this, check the box beside "Remake Current Plate" and enter your plate number.
  • Rhode Island offers an online system for ordering a personalized license plate. Using this system reserves your personalized license plate. You can pay with a MasterCard, Visa or Discover credit card. This system also allows you to preview what your plate will look like.
  • Personalized license plates for passenger vehicles can be between 2 and 6 characters. This can be a combination of letters and numbers, or letters only. Motorcycles and commercial plates allow up to 5 characters.
  • Commercial vehicles must have a gross weight under 9,000 lbs. to register for personalized license plates in Rhode Island.
  • Fees for personalized license plates in Rhode Island are in addition to standard registration fees.

Warnings

  • You cannot get a refund for a personalized license plate ordered online.
  • Do not use language that might be viewed as offensive when submitting your personalized license plate choices. Entries deemed offensive will be rejected.

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Categories: Personalized and Specialty License Plates