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.