UPDATE: Rhode Island Bills to Provide Special Courtesy License Plates All Move to House Committee
DON’T DELAY! Please contact the Rhode Island Assembly Finance Committee Immediately to request support for S.B. 2260, H.B. 7016, H.B. 7230, and S.B. 2484:
- S.B. 2260/H.B. 7016 provides antique vehicles with courtesy Year-of-Manufacture plates. Under the current law, “Antique” plates are available for vehicles that are at least 25 years old and used only for exhibitions, parades, and car club activities. Vehicles currently registered as “Antique” may purchase and display replica Year-of-Manufacture plates with DMV approval.
- H.B. 7230, like H.B. 7016, would allow the motor vehicle division to issue a courtesy registration plate for a vehicle more than 25 years old. The courtesy plate would be available to twenty-five-year-old vehicles regardless of whether or not the vehicles are registered as “antiques.”
- S.B. 2484 provides a courtesy plate for Street Rods and Custom Vehicles. Under current law, a street rod is defined as a 1948 or older vehicle or a vehicle manufactured after 1948 to resemble a vehicle manufactured before 1949. Custom vehicles are defined as any motor vehicle at least 25 or more years old and of a model year after 1948; or was manufactured to resemble a vehicle 25 years old and of a model year after 1948; and has been altered from the manufacturer's original design, or has a body constructed from
Overview: Rhode Island currently has four pending bills that would provide courtesy plates for automotive hobbyists. Each of these bills, listed individually above, are awaiting consideration in the House Committee on Finance.