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VIN Check

If the title is from another state or the vehicle was registered in another state, and the model year of the vehicle is 2001 or newer, a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) check is required before you register the car. This can be done at your local police department.

Things to Know

  • The Cranston Police Department has a VIN verification station conveniently located at 929 Phenix Avenue in Cranston, less than 3 miles from the Rhode Island Department of Motor Vehicles Registry. The VIN verification station is open daily, Monday - Friday, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.
  • RI.gov maintains a list of Rhode Island's 39 cities and towns, in the More info section of each city or town you'll find phone numbers for local police departments. Please contact your local police department for VIN verification fees and time of operation.

Proof of Ownership: A title is needed for a VIN check. If you own the vehicle, bring the original title. If there is a lien on the vehicle, bring a copy of the title.