2011 -- H 6147
A N A C T
RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES -- TITLE
By: Representatives Corvese, Schadone, and
Date Introduced: May 17, 2011
It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
SECTION 1. Section 31-3.1-4 of the General Laws in Chapter 31-3.1 entitled
"Certificates of Title and Security Interests" is hereby amended to read as follows:
31-3.1-4. Application for first certificate of title. -- (a) The application for the first
certificate of title of a vehicle in this state shall be made by the owner to the division of motor
vehicles on the form it prescribes and shall contain:
(1) The name, residence, and mailing address of the owner;
(2) A description of the vehicle including, so far as the following data exists: its make,
model, identifying number, type of body, the number of cylinders, and whether new or used;
(3) The date of purchase by applicant, the name and address of the person from whom
the vehicle was acquired, and the names and addresses of any lienholders in the order of their
priority and the dates of their security agreements; and
(4) Any further information the division reasonably requires to identify the vehicle and
to enable it to determine whether the owner is entitled to a certificate of title, and the existence or
nonexistence of security interests in the vehicle.
(b) If the application refers to a vehicle purchased from a dealer, it shall contain the
name and address of any lienholder holding a security interest created or reserved at the time of
the sale and the date of this security agreement and be signed by the dealer as well as the owner,
and the dealer or buyer shall promptly mail or deliver the application to the division. The buyer
shall also complete a security lien statement as provided in section 31-3.1-19.
(c) If the application refers to a vehicle last previously registered in another state or
country, the application shall contain or be accompanied by:
(1) Any certificate of title issued by the other state or country;
(2) Any other information and documents the division reasonably requires to establish
the ownership of the vehicle and the existence or nonexistence of security interest in it; and
(3) The certificate of a person authorized by law that the identifying number of the
vehicle has been inspected and found to conform to the description given in the application, or
any other proof of the identity of the vehicle the division reasonably requires.
(d) Chiefs of police, their designees, who shall be employees of the police department,
or, in an emergency, the administrator of the division of motor vehicles or his or her designee
shall conduct the inspection of the vehicle identifying number, and certify, on forms provided by
the division, that it has been found to conform to the description given in the application or any
other form of the identity of the vehicle the division reasonably requires. An inspection and
certification fee of ten dollars ($10.00) shall be assessed against the applicant by the city or town
whose police conduct the inspection. The inspection by the chiefs of police, or their designees,
who shall be employees of the police department, shall be conducted at the local city or town
police station or at a municipally owned building. This provision eliminates the responsibility for
the inspection to be performed by division personnel.
(1) Upon inspection of the vehicle identifying number as provided for in this section,
each vehicle identification number shall be submitted for
(NCIC) check, and the results, sometimes called the "NCIC check number", shall be attached to
the TR-5 form provided by the division or to any other form consistent with this provision that
the division might reasonably require.
(e) No person, partnership, or corporation shall charge a fee in excess of ten dollars
($10.00) for obtaining a certificate of title for a motor vehicle.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.