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Titles

Taxes & Titles

When you purchase a vehicle in Rhode Island, you are required to pay sales tax on the vehicle and obtain a title in your own name, even if you do not register the vehicle.

  • You will need to complete both a Sales Tax form and a Application for Title (TR-2/TR-9) form.
  • This transaction may be processed by mail, please send documents and payment to Division of Motor Vehicles, 600 New London Ave., Cranston, RI 02920.
  • Costs are listed in the DMV Fee Table.

Non-Titled Vehicles

Rhode Island does not title vehicles model year 2000 and older. If you would like to obtain documentation in lieu of a title, you must provide the following documents:

Duplicate

Duplicate titles are processed at the DMV headquarters in Cranston only.

  • You must complete the Application for Title (TR-2/TR-9) form.
  • Costs are listed in the DMV Fee Table.
  • Titles are only required for vehicles that are 2001 and newer. The Research Office at the DMV headquarters in Cranston can assist you in documenting the vehicle's information.

Notes on liens and lienholders:

  • Rhode Island does not require a person to apply for a new title once the lien has been satisfied. RI only requires the lien to be released by your lien holder signing off on the title and/or providing you with a letter of lien release to attach to the title.
  • You can only apply for a duplicate title if you are the owner listed on the original title. If you still have a lien on the vehicle, the lienholder can apply.
  • If your title has a lienholder listed on it but you've paid off the loan, you will need an original lien release from the lienholder and present it with your application.

Salvage

To obtain a title, you must first apply for a Salvage Inspection Appointment.

  • Complete the application for a Salvaged Inspection Appointment.
  • To cancel an appointment please call (401) 462-5736 (we require 24 hours notice)
  • If you have questions, you can call the Enforcement Section of the Division of Motor Vehicles at (401) 462-5736 or visit the Enforcement Section located at the DMV headquarters in Cranston.
  • Costs are listed in the DMV Fee Table.

Custom Builds

A custom built car or motorcycle can be registered or just titled and re-sold. You must present the DMV with documentation for all parts used to build the vehicle. The Enforcement Section of the Division of Motor Vehicles will verify all your documents.

  • Additional information about Kit Vehicles and Custom Builds
  • If you have questions, you can call the Enforcement Section of the Division of Motor Vehicles at (401) 462-5736 or visit the Enforcement Section located at the DMV headquarters in Cranston.