Put new registration stickers on old plates or wait for the new wave plates? | Ask the DMV
Q: I just renewed my registration and received my new stickers. Do I put them on my old plates or wait for the new wave plates?
— Connie K.
A: You should place your new registration stickers that you just received on your current plates.
When the Reissuance Program begins later this year, upon your next registration renewal cycle, you will receive in the mail your new plates and new registration certificate.
Your new “Ocean” plates will have the registration stickers already pre-printed on the plates.
Q: I read your response in The Providence Journal on July 10 about switching plates between two vehicles in which both are registered in the same name.
I am in the same situation, so I downloaded the two TR-1 forms. In the "Transaction Type" section. Do I check off “Transfer Registration” or “Plate Change”? I want to make sure I do this correctly, because I thought I would just mail in my request or use the DMV Drop Box.
I also reviewed the “Plate Change Document Checklist.” Should I also mail copies of my valid, unexpired R.I. driver’s license, my active R.I. insurance cards for each vehicle, and my active registration certificates for each vehicle? Or is just the two TR-1 forms, contact information and form of payment the only things needed?
Is the total payment needed for the two vehicles to do this transaction a “Transfer Registration” or a “Plate Change” for this two-way plate change?
— Tracey I.
A: This is considered a “Two Way Plate Change” and the fee will be $42.50. Fill out the TR-1 forms (sections A, D, E, G) for each vehicle and in the “Plate Change” box, write the plate that you want on each vehicle. Please sign the TR-1 form and have them notarized.
You do not need to send in a copy of your driver’s license, copies of the registration certificates, or your insurance card, as long as you fill out the insurance information on the application.
Q: My late parents had a (now-expired) handicapped placard. Should I just cut it up for the trash, send it to you, or is it (preferred) recyclable?
— Buddy K.
A: I’m so sorry for your loss. It would be helpful if you returned the expired placards to the DMV Disability Placard Office, 600 New London Ave., Cranston, RI 02920.
If you could include a copy of their death certificates, that would be helpful, too. We will indicate in our system that they are deceased, and no future mailings will go out in their name.
Q: My car engine died in Connecticut. I had the car towed to a reliable garage that could not find a reasonable replacement for the engine. I handed the title over to them to junk it.
What steps do I need to take with the RI DMV to let them know that that car no longer exists? I expect the dealership selling me the new car will handle the rest.
— Alexandra H.
A: You need to cancel the registration that was on that vehicle. This way you avoid the Insurance Revocation fine ($252.50) for having an active registration and no insurance.
The easiest way to cancel your registration is by going to our website (www.dmv.ri.gov) and to the “Online Services” tab. It is the first transaction listed. Please have your previous registration certificate with you, as you’ll need information from it to complete this transaction.
If you have the plates, you can hold on to them if you plan to put them on a future vehicle.
You can also cancel your registration by using any of the DMV Drop Boxes that are located in the foyer or lobby of each branch. Drop Box hours are the same as the branch hours. Or you can mail them to the DMV, 600 New London Ave., Cranston, RI 02920.
You could also transfer those plates onto another vehicle, but your timeline is limited to do this without the Insurance Revocation fine happening.
Chuck Hollis is assistant administrator of the Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles. Please email your questions to email@example.com with “Ask the DMV” in the subject field.
This article originally appeared on The Providence Journal: Ask the RI DMV: Put new stickers on old plates or wait for new plates?