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  • Paperwork When Selling a Car in Rhode Island

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    Selling Requirements in RI

    To sell a car, you need to:

    • Fill out a bill of sale and provide the buyer with a receipt.
    • Transfer the title to the new owner.

    Selling Without Paperwork

    You can sell a car in Rhode Island without registration papers, but if the vehicle has a model year newer than 2000, the seller is required to provide the buyer with a title to complete the transaction.

    If you want to sell a vehicle to which you've lost the title, first apply for a duplicate title. Once you have that in hand, you can proceed with the sale.

    Notice of Transfer and Liability Release

    You must bring the vehicle's plates and registration card to a DMV office. There, you'll receive a signed cancellation form, indicating the date the plates were canceled. Be sure to keep this receipt for your records.

    Bill of Sale

    You will need to provide the buyer with a bill of sale. You can download a copy of this form from our Bill of Sale page.

    True or False

    Doctors don’t work with the same urgency to save your life if they know you’re an organ donor.

    True False


    Every doctor's first priority is to save your life regardless of your organ donation status.

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