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    Lost Registration

    Rhode Island requires proof of registration, so if yours has been lost or damaged, it should always be a priority to replace it. Take the following steps to get a duplicate:

    • Fill out an application for a duplicate registration. Make sure you sign it.
    • Have the application form notarized, either at DMV or elsewhere.
    • Make sure your insurance information is accurate and complete.
    • Include the $18.50 for your duplicate registration. Checks should be made payable to RI Division of Motor Vehicles.
    • Send completed materials to the following address:
    • RI Division of Motor Vehicles
    • Attn: Registration Duplicate
    • 600 New London Ave.
    • Cranston, RI 02920

    You can also visit your DMV office to finish the transaction. Call ahead to make sure they have the registration capabilities.

    Lost or Damaged Plates

    Unfortunately, losing one or both plates isn't an uncommon occurrence. To get replacement plates, you'll actually have to cancel the plates and registration by filling out a plate change application. You also need a police report number, which you can get by filing a report to your local law enforcement agency. Once you've paid the $21.50 fee ($41.50 for 2 plates) for replacement plates, the DMV will provide you with new plates, new registration and new expiration stickers.

    In the case that your plates are damaged and you just need new ones, you can fill out either Wave Plate Order Form or a Designer Plate Order Form, depending on the plate type you have. Mail the forms and the appropriate payment to the following address:

    • RI Division of Motor Vehicles
    • Attn: Plates
    • 600 New London Ave.
    • Cranston, RI 02920

    Note: you must surrender both plates to get new ones. Otherwise, the DMV will process the transaction as lost plates and require you to provide a police report number.

    Replacing Expiration Stickers

    If your registration stickers are damaged, or if someone has tried to pull them off your license plates, you can get new ones simply by bringing in your registration card to a DMV branch. Bring your current driver's license and proof of insurance.

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