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License Plates

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

Preferred plates are requested through the Office of Governor Chafee, c/o Mr. Tony Aristy, State House Room 224, 82 Smith Street, Providence, RI 02903. Phone: (401) 222-7990, Email: tony.aristy@governor.ri.gov

Preferred Plates are defined as: Passenger plates with 1 letter and 1-3 digits or 2 letters with 1-2 digits, Passenger plates with 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 digits, Commercial/Motorcycle plates with 1-4 digits, Combination plates with 1-4 digits, Suburban/War Veteran's plates with 1-3 digits, and National Guard plates with 1-2 digits.

Wave Plate Design

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

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.

Veteran Plates

Other Plates

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.