1. Private databases purchase, organize, and sell information to consumers. These databases are run by private companies, not State or Federal government organizations. This is the easiest option for consumers looking for information because it involves the least amount of work.
Our sponsors are an example of a private database that sells information. Simply start your search by typing a license plate number in the search field on the right.
2. Another option is to request the information from the state. For the state of Rhode Island, the form you need is located here:
Rhode Island Vehicle Records Request Form
3. One more option is to hire a private investigator. This is the most expensive option, but it could prove useful.
Rhode Island State Motor Vehicle Agency:
Rhode Island Department of Administration Division of Motor Vehicles
311 Danielson Pike
North Scituate, RI 2857
The recovery of license plate records varies by state. In some cases, license plate and driving records may only be accessible by the registered owner of the vehicle. In addition, there may be a fee to access the information.
The Rhode Island Department of Public Safety is another agency that keeps driving and license plate related records in Rhode Island. Contacting this agency, you may find information related to drivers licenses, registrations, renewals, and more.
Rhode Island Department of Public Safety contact info:
Phone Number: 401 444-1005
Office Address: 311 Danielson Pike
North Scituate, RI 2857
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation also keeps records related to license plates, registrations, and driving records along with numerous other services.
Rhode Island Department of Transportation contact info:
Phone Number: 401-222-2492
Rhode Island DMV Resources
Standing in line at the DMV is a chore almost everyone dreads. Luckily for residents of Rhode Island their DMW website offers many of its services online. By accessing the website, http://www.dmv.ri.gov/services/ residents can save themselves both time and gas money. On the Rhode Island DMV site you can renew your drivers license as well as your vehicle registration. The website also allows online reservation service for a vanity license plate and allows current war veterans to request a new plate. Visiting the site also gives you access to any motor vehicle title records on file, and downloadable drivers records. IRP trucking permits are available for purchase and print. Submitting applications for overweight trucks and blanket permits can also be done along with auto lien registration forms. The website also offers information about licenses and IDS, registration and titles, suspension, safety and emissions, locations and hours, license plates and contact information.
For the services that are not offered online and must be completed by a trip to the DMV office, you can save yourself some time by printing out and completing the necessary forms before arriving. The website makes the following forms available for at home printing: accident forms, business forms including applications for drivers school lease and new dealership, inspection station application, leasing/rental motor vehicle license and new/renewal application for distributor, manufacturer or representative license; checklists for license and ID cards, registrations, road-test and titles; dealer forms for, application for dealerships, change in corporate officers, change in owner ship or partnership and consumer complaint forms. You can also access many kinds of enforcement forms, disability forms, as well as forms for license or registration, taxation and title purposes. The website also helps you to be prepared before your arrival by displaying any fees that may accompany these forms and a list of any additional information or paper work that you should bring along with you. The website is truly easy to navigate, it is broken down into simple categories so that you can find the information you are looking for quickly. I highly suggest checking the web page before any trip to the DMV to see if you can save yourself a trip.