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.
Please note that the title must be presented along with the vehicle at the time of the 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.
This service may be performed at your local police department. For your convenience, we have provided links to local Police Departments with their hours, locations and fees:
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. If your local city or town is not listed above, 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.