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I spend the winter in Florida and my car registration is up for renewal in February. Is there a way that I can renew it while I'm away?

Your Registration can be renewed up to 30 days prior to the expiration date. DMV requires all registration renewals to be processed by mail, online with a credit card or deposited in the drop-boxes located at any DMV branch location. If you are a AAA member, you can renew your registration at any RI AAA branch office.

If you are out of state at the time your registration is due to be renewed, you have several options: You can send the registration renewal notice to the Division of Motor Vehicles Attn: Registration Renewal, 600 New London Avenue, Cranston, RI 02920. A renewal form can be downloaded from the dmv website at dmv.ri.gov. You can also renew your vehicle registration online by following the renewal instructions provided on the dmv website. Please note that leased vehicles can now be renewed online. However, leased vehicle owners will not be able to update or change the address on the registration.

Before you renew your registration, check with your tax assessor to see if you owe property taxes on your vehicle. If you have outstanding taxes, the DMV will not be able to renew your registration until you pay your property tax and have the tax assessor stamp your renewal form as proof of payment. If you pay property taxes for your vehicle to one of the following towns: Barrington, Central Falls, Exeter or Warren, you may not use the online renewal service due to the municipal tax clearance requirements.

Your renewed registration and stickers will be mailed to you and you should receive them if you have provided the postal service with your winter address or if you are having your mail forwarded while you are away.

For more information about registrations or DMV's online license renewals, please visit our website at www.dmv.ri.gov.

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Department or agency: Ask the DMV

Online: http://www.dmv.ri.gov/index.php

Release date: 01-12-2013

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