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.
- The Middletown Police Department provides this service on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM. If there is a holiday on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, VIN Checks will be performed on the Monday of that week. The VIN Checks are done at the Middletown Police Department located at 123 Valley Road. The cost for the service is $10.00 payable by cash or check. Credit cards are not accepted.
- The South Kingstown Police Department located at 1790 Kingstown Rd. in Wakefield, performs VIN Checks daily for South Kingstown residents only. The cost is $10.00, checks or cash accepted.
- The Warren Police Department provides this service on Tuesdays from 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM. The cost for the VIN Checks, $10.00 for Warren Residents and $20.00 for all others. The Warren Police Department is located at 1 Joyce St.
- The Westerly Police Department located at 60 Airport Rd. VIN Checks are performed Monday 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Wednesday 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, and Thursday 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM. VIN Checks are for Westerly residents only, and the cost is $15.00, check or money order, no cash accepted.
- The Woonsocket Police Department located at 242 Clinton St., performs VIN Checks daily. The cost for residents is $10.00, non-residents $20.00, only checks or money orders are acceptable payment.
- 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.