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Rhode Island Motor Vehicle Bill of Sale Form

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Rhode Island Motor Vehicle Bill of Sale Form

Updated October 16, 2023

A Rhode Island motor vehicle bill of sale is a legal document that serves as a record of the sale and purchase of a motor vehicle in the State of Rhode Island. Along with legally documenting the change of ownership, it will include identifying information about the vehicle being sold, the seller and buyer. This form is a required to register a vehicle not purchased at a dealer. It must be notarized in some, but not all, cases.

Odometer Disclosure Statement – The state of Rhode Island does not have a designated odometer disclosure form, but does require the listing of a vehicle’s recorded mileage in section E of the application for title change and registration.

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Registering a Vehicle

All motor vehicles driven on Rhode Island roads by residents of the state must be registered there. If the vehicle is purchased from a dealership, the dealer will usually submit all registration and title documents on the buyer’s behalf. If the transaction is between two private parties, each must take steps to transfer the title and obtain a new registration. The state does not specify how soon after purchasing a vehicle the buyer must register the vehicle. The duration of the initial registration will vary depending on the type of vehicle. Once registered, registration may be renewed by mail, online or in-person at state Division of Motor Vehicle offices.

Where to Register

When you’re prepared to register and or title your motor vehicle in RI, appear in person at one of the local Rhode Island DMV locations.

Required Documents

  • A completed Application for Registration and Certificate of Title (Form TR-1)
  • A Bill of Sale
  • Proof of automobile insurance that meets the Rhode Island minimum requirements[1]
    • $25,000 for injuries to a single person
    • $50,000 for injuries in a single accident
    • $25,000 for property damage in a single accident
  • A valid driver’s license or state ID
  • A Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) check[2]
  • Documentation of the Gross Vehicle Weight
  • A completed Use Tax form (Form T-334-2)
  • If buying a vehicle from a private party in which model year is 2001 or newer, a title to the vehicle that has been signed over to you, or for non-titled vehicles, proof of previous ownership
  • If buying from a dealer, the Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin
  • If leasing, or an agent is buying or selling the vehicle on behalf of someone else, a Motor Vehicle Power of Attorney
  • Within five days of registering, a sticker indicating passage of an emissions and safety inspection[3]
  • Be prepared to pay all title and registration fees at the time of registration.


  1. Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation: Consumers Guide to Auto Insurance
  2. RI Division of Motor Vehicles: VIN Check
  3. Rhode Island Emissions and Safety Testing