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Cancel Plates

Plates may be cancelled at any DMV branch location or at a AAA branch office (members only). Out of state plates must be returned to the original state.

Things to Know

  • The DMV requires you to surrender your license plates upon cancellation.
  • By Mail: Send the cancelled plates to the Division of Motor Vehicles Attn: Plates, 600 New London Avenue, Cranston RI 02920.
  • Use registered mail with a return receipt request. Keep the plate cancellation receipt to avoid future property tax claims if your city or town neglects to remove you from their records.
  • Lost or stolen plates must be reported to your local police department. To obtain a cancellation receipt, submit the police report to the DMV, or complete the Affidavit for Cancellation of Registration for Lost Plates.

Registration Refunds: You must have a full year remaining on a two-year registration. To claim the refund complete the refund application form. If the vehicle was leased, the refund form must be completed by the leasing company.