Plates may be cancelled at any DMV branch location or at a AAA branch office (members only). Additional information is located in the Cancel Plates section of Registrations & Titles.
Preferred plates are requested through the Office of Governor, State House Room 222, 82 Smith Street, Providence, RI 02903. Phone: (401) 222-2080.
Please complete the Preferred Plate Request form and mail it to the Office of the Governor.
Preferred Plates are defined as: Passenger plates with 1 letter with 1-3 digits, 2 letters with 1-2 digits, and 1-5 digits; Commercial, Combination, Motorcycle, and Antique plates with 1-4 digits; Suburban, Veteran and Public plates with 1-3 digits; and National Guard plates with 1-2 digits.
Wave Plate Design
The wave plate is the standard issue Rhode Island plate design. It features the light blue wave on a white background with dark blue numbers.
Sailboat Plate Design
The sailboat plate is an alternate Rhode Island plate design option. It features a gray sailboat on a white background with dark blue numbers. RIGL 31-3-60
Special Design Charity Plates
Charity plate designs listed on this page can not be ordered through the DMV. For information about purchasing these plates please visit the individual organization's web site.