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DMV Unable to Process CDL Transactions this Friday, July 3, 2015

CRANSTON, RI - The Rhode Island Department of Motor Vehicles today announced that the Commercial Driver's License Information System, the federal computer system for commercial driver's licenses, will be down for required maintenance on Friday, July 3, 2015.

This maintenance will impact those Rhode Islanders who wish to process any commercial driver's license transactions on Friday, July 3, 2015. This will NOT affect regular driver's licenses - only commercial driver's licenses.

It is recommend that anyone needing to process a commercial driver's license transaction this week visit the DMV prior to Friday, July 3rd.

Also, as a reminder, the DMV is closed on Monday, July 6, 2015 in observance of the State Holiday but will reopen for regular business in all departments on Tuesday, July 7, 2015.
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Surviving Spouse

Forms and Fees

No Cost Policy: Applies only to spouses not to any other deceased family member. Please refer to the Transfer at Death section for all other death related transfers.

Things to Know

  • If model year of the vehicle is 2001 or newer, a title in the name of the deceased person is required.
  • If model year of the vehicle is 2001 or newer with a loan/lien, the original title is required to update name. A permission letter from the bank to remove or add the new owner is also required.
  • The current registration in the name of the deceased person is required.
  • An original death certificate is required. The DMV will make a photocopy and return the original to you.
  • Sign the vehicle over to yourself by printing and signing your name in both the buyer and seller areas on the back of the title. Be sure to include the vehicle's current mileage reading.
  • There is no tax owed as long as the vehicle was registered in the deceased spouse's name (not to a business).