TITLE 31
Motor and Other Vehicles

CHAPTER 31-3
Registration of Vehicles

SECTION 31-3-118


§ 31-3-118. Special plate for Day of Portugal and Portuguese Heritage in RI, Inc.

(a) The administrator of the division of motor vehicles is empowered to make available special motor vehicle registration plates for the not-for-profit Day of Portugal and Portuguese Heritage in RI, Inc. The plates shall be designed to reference Day of Portugal and Portuguese Heritage in RI, Inc.

(b) The special plate shall be displayed upon the same registration number assigned to the vehicle for which it was issued, and shall be used in place of and in the same manner as the registration plates issued to the vehicle. The original registration plates for the vehicle shall be removed from the vehicle and returned to the division of motor vehicles. The registration certificate for the plates shall be carried in the vehicle, in accordance with § 31-3-9. The registration certificate shall be in effect for the special plate.

(c) Day of Portugal and Portuguese Heritage in RI, Inc. motor vehicle plates shall be the same size as regular motor vehicle plates, and shall be designed by Day of Portugal and Portuguese Heritage in RI, Inc. in conjunction with the division of motor vehicles, with the design approved by the RI state police.

(d) Day of Portugal and Portuguese Heritage in RI, Inc. plates shall be subject to a minimum pre-paid order of at least nine hundred (900) sets of plates per plate type (i.e. passenger, commercial, etc.). Day of Portugal and Portuguese Heritage in RI, Inc. plates shall not be issued unless the minimum order(s) requirements are met. The initial order will be handled by Day of Portugal and Portuguese Heritage in RI, Inc. and shall not be submitted to the division of motor vehicles for production until the minimum order(s) have been met and the proper paperwork submitted to the division.

(e) The administrator of the division of motor vehicles shall develop application forms, pre-payment procedures, and any other procedures deemed necessary to carry out the purposes of this section.

(f) In addition to the regular prescribed motor vehicle registration fee, Day of Portugal and Portuguese Heritage in RI, Inc. plates shall be subject to a forty-dollar ($40.00) issuance surcharge.

(g) The forty-dollar ($40.00) issuance surcharge shall be allocated as follows: Twenty dollars ($20.00) shall be allocated to the general fund and the remaining twenty dollars ($20.00) shall be distributed annually to Day of Portugal and Portuguese Heritage in RI, Inc. to assist in the fiscal needs and in furtherance of its mission.

(h) A ten-dollar ($10) surcharge for subsequent registration renewals will go to Day of Portugal and Portuguese Heritage in RI, Inc.

(i) Day of Portugal and Portuguese Heritage in RI, Inc. will be required to submit an annual accounting report before such monies are distributed.

(j) There shall be no refunds for early cancellation of Day of Portugal and Portuguese Heritage in RI, Inc. motor vehicle license plates.

(k) In consideration of the receipt of funds from the registration of Day of Portugal and Portuguese Heritage in RI, Inc. plates, the organization must use any Rhode Island-sourced funds in and for the benefit of Rhode Island-based charitable organizations.

History of Section.
(P.L. 2018, ch. 29, § 1; P.L. 2018, ch. 30, § 1.)