RELATING TO REGISTRATION OF MOTOR VEHICLES
SECTION 1. Section 31-3-40 of the General Laws in Chapter 31-3 entitled “Registration
of Vehicles” is hereby amended to read as follows:
31-3-40. Special use identification tags. -- (a) A new car dealer or used car dealer may
apply to the administrator of the division of motor vehicles for special use identification tags for
use on vehicles sold by him or her pending the registration of the vehicles, and provided that all
vehicles upon which special use identification tags are to be used conform to the standards for
general safety. Special use identification tags shall be of a size and type determined by the
administrator of the division of motor vehicles, and shall be sold
in packs of ten (10) plates per pack upon payment of two hundred dollars ($200)
per pack at a cost to be
by the administrator of the division of motor vehicles, not to exceed twenty-five dollars ($25) per
(b) Special use certificates and special use identification tags may be used on a vehicle
sold by the dealer to a resident or nonresident. The special use certificate and special use
identification tags shall be valid for no more than twenty (20) days including the date of delivery
of the certificate and tags by the dealer, and no dealer or any other person shall extend the
expiration date thereof, nor shall any person other than the administrator of the division of motor
vehicles issue another similar certificate or tag. The special certificate shall be carried in the
vehicle bearing the special use identification tags whenever the vehicle is being operated on a
public highway. Special use identification tags shall be displayed in the same manner as required
in this chapter for the display of registration plates. Upon the removal of special use identification
tags from a vehicle, they shall be destroyed immediately by the person to whom issued or his or
(c) Upon the issuance of a special use certificate and special use identification tags, the
dealer shall prepare the special use certificate in triplicate and shall print or type all of the
information required on the certificate. The dealer shall imprint legibly with a rubber date stamp,
in black ink, upon the special use identification tag, the date of expiration of the tag in letters and
numerals not less than one inch (1") in height, nor less than one-fourth of an inch (1/4") in width.
The special use identification tag shall also contain the vehicle identification number of the car on
which it is displayed and the dealer's identification number. The original copy of the special use
certificate shall be given to the person named in the certificate. The duplicate copy shall become
the notice required by subsection (d) of this section. The third copy shall be held in the dealer's
files and shall be exhibited upon demand of the administrator of the division of motor vehicles or
of any peace officer.
(d) Notice of delivery of the special use certificate and special use identification tags shall
be mailed to the administrator of the division of motor vehicles not later than the next business
day after delivery.
(e) In the event that a dealer goes out of business, or transfers his or her business to any
other person, firm, or corporation, the dealer shall return to the administrator of the division of
motor vehicles within five (5) days all special use certificates and special use identification tags
held by him or her.
(f) No dealer shall make any use of special use certificates or special use identification
tags except in accordance with the provisions of this section.
(g) Violations of this section are subject to fines enumerated in § 31-41.1-4.
SECTION 2. Section 31-3-33 of the Rhode Island General Laws entitled “Registration of
Vehicles” is hereby amended to read as follows:
31-3-33. Renewal of registration. -- (a) Application for renewal of a vehicle registration
shall be made by the owner on a proper application form and by payment of the registration fee
for the vehicle as provided by law.
(b) The division of motor vehicles may receive applications for renewal of registration,
and may grant the renewal and issue new registration cards and plates at any time prior to
expiration of registration.
(c) Upon renewal, owners will be issued a renewal sticker for each registration plate
which shall be placed at the bottom right hand corner of the plate. Owners shall be issued a new
fully reflective plate beginning September 1,
and reissuance will be conducted no less
than every (10) years.
SECTION 3. This Article shall take effect July 1, 2011.