Reinstatement of Vehicles with Active Registrations
Vehicle owners who have a current registration (not expired) only need to have the vehicle PASS a Rhode Island Emission and/or Safety Inspection and be issued an inspection sticker. Please verify that the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on the sticker issued exactly matches the VIN on the registration, if so, then no further action is needed. The record will be electronically transmitted to DMV within 24 hours, updating the inspection record based on the VIN match reinstating the registration. If the vehicle needs clearance sooner than 24 hours, you will need to contact the Safety and Emissions Office at (401)-462-5890.
Reinstatement of Unregistered Vehicles or Vehicles Requiring Registration Renewal
Vehicles that have an active suspension against the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) for failure to obtain an inspection certificate will not be allowed to be registered or renewed until the vehicle has been inspected and deemed safe for use on the roadways.
Listed below are instructions for vehicle owners that have been denied registration or registration renewal due to an "A2" suspension / registration block for failure to obtain an inspection certificate (inspection sticker). The steps required may vary slightly depending on the situation, so please read carefully.
STEP 1 - OBTAIN A PASSING SAFETY INSPECTION
The vehicle must be presented to a Rhode Island Official Inspection Station and PASS the SAFETY portion of a vehicle inspection. For a list of inspection station locations, please visit http://www.dmv.ri.gov/inspections
STEP 2 - OBTAIN CLEARANCE OF THE SUSPENSION
Once the vehicle has been approved for safety, the vehicle owner must contact the Safety and Emissions Office at 401-462-5890 to request clearance of the suspension/registration block.
STEP 3 - REGISTER / RENEW THE VEHICLE
Once the suspension/registration block has been removed:
STEP 4 - FINALIZE THE INSPECTION AND OBTAIN THE INSPECTION STICKER
Once the vehicle has been properly registered and the plates affixed to the vehicle, the final step is to return to the inspection station, (pass the emissions test if it did not pass emissions initially) and be issued an actual inspection sticker.