Rhode Island Day of Portugal License Plate
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
When will RI Day of Portugal license plate be available?
According to rules established by the RI General Assembly and the Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV), the RI Day of Portugal must secure a minimum of 600 qualified
pre-paid orders before DMV will put the plate into production.
What is a “qualified” pre-paid order?
In order to qualify for a RI Day of Portugal plate, applicants must be a Rhode Island resident with a valid Rhode Island passenger vehicle registration. (Commercial registrations are not eligible.) The passenger vehicle registration must be a five-digit registration (e.g., DP-123).
Can I keep my current RI license plate number if I order a RI Day of Portugal license plate?
Yes. If you have 5 or fewer digits on your current Rhode Island license plate, you will have the same number on your new RI Day of Portugal license plate. Your current number will simply be transferred to the new plate.
What if I currently have a 6-digit RI license plate?
Unfortunately, the DMV can only fit five or fewer digits on the RI Day of Portugal license plate design. If you currently have a 6-digit Rhode Island license plate and you want a RI Day of Portugal plate, you will need to go to the DMV and transfer your current license plate to a 5-digit license plate. (There will be a fee to make this transfer.) Once you have received your 5-digit plate, you can then submit the order form online for the RI Day of Portugal plate. Be sure to scan and include a copy of your registration for the new 5-digit plate. (DO NOT submit the original registration!) The RI Day of Portugal can then place your order with the DMV for the same 5-digit number.
Can I pick the letter/number combinations on my RI Day of Portugal license plate?
If you are interested in changing your license plate number before applying for a RI Day of Portugal license plate, the DMV has guidelines on what letter and number combinations are available. These rules are set by the DMV, not by the RI Day of Portugal. Please visit for more information.
What if I am buying a new car or registering a used car for the first time, and I have no Rhode Island registration to transfer?
Before applying for a RI Day of Portugal license plate, you must first register your car with the DMV and obtain a Rhode Island license plate with five or fewer digits. After you have a 5-digit RI plate, you can apply for the RI Day of Portugal license plate following the steps for transfer by filling out the RI Day of Portugal license plate order form (either by mail or electronically), submitting payment, and submitting a scanned COPY of your current registration. DO NOT submit your original registration!
Can I submit an application for a Commercial, Combination, Suburban, etc., license plate?
Currently, the RI Day of Portugal only accepts applications for “Private Passenger” or the “01” plate type.The organization does not accept applications for Commercial, Combination, Suburban, or other similar plates.
How much does a RI Day of Portugal license plate cost?
The cost of a RI Day of Portugal license plate is $41.50 in addition to the normal vehicle registration fee, which is set by the state of Rhode Island. Of that $41.50 first-time fee, $21.50 will go to the DMV to cover plate production costs and state fee, and $20.00 will go to the RI Day of Portugal. The organization intends to deposit the $20.00 collected from each RI Day of Portugal license plate order into our general fund. The funds received from the license plates will go towards supporting Portuguese language, history, and culture in the state of Rhode Island. Please note that submitting the on-line application will incur an additional $1.24 surcharge fee associated with the cost of PayPal on-line payment processing. Therefore, the on-line application process will require a total payment of $42.74.
When do I renew my vehicle registration and my RI Day of Portugal license plate?
Buying the RI Day of Portugal license plate does not change the renewal deadline for you to renew your vehicle registration. When you renew your vehicle registration as required by state law, you will be asked to renew your RI Day of Portugal license plate at the same time.
How much will it cost to renew my RI Day of Portugal license plate?
Once you have a RI Day of Portugal license plate, you will keep that same plate in the future. In addition to the normal vehicle registration fee, once you have a RI Day of Portugal license plate, the cost for renewing that plate is an additional $10 surcharge, all of which will go to RI Day of Portugal, as described above.
What will RI Day of Portugal do with the money received from the fee for a RI Day of Portugal license plate?
The RI Day of Portugal intends to deposit the $20.00 collected from each RI Day of Portugal license plate order into our general fund. The funds received from the license plates will go towards supporting Portuguese language, history, and culture in the state of Rhode Island.
How can I apply for a RI Day of Portugal license plate?
Applicants may either (1) download, complete and mail the hard-copy application form (with an enclosed check and copy of your current vehicle registration); or (2) complete the on-line application form (by filling out all required information on form, submitting payment through PayPal and uploading a PDF copy of current registration).
How long will it take to get my RI Day of Portugal license plate?
The DMV will not begin production of the RI Day of Portugal license plate until the organization has received a minimum qualified order of 600 plates. We will notify you when we reach the required minimum qualified order level and the RI Day of Portugal license plates go into production.
How will I get my RI Day of Portugal license plate?
Once you have submitted your order and the organization reaches the minimum qualified order level for the RI Day of Portugal license plate, and AFTER the DMV has confirmed that they have processed your order, the organization will send you information on how and when you can pick up your plates. Please note that you will need to turn in your old license plates and pick up the new RI Day of Portugal plates at the DMV’s main office in Cranston. Under DMV rules, plates cannot be mailed or picked up at any other location.
PLEASE NOTE: The regulations controlling the issuance of RI Day of Portugal license plate and vehicle registrations in Rhode Island are controlled by the State’s Division of Motor Vehicles, not by the RI Day of Portugal.
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