New law eliminates surrender of suspended licenses and plates

By: Gianna Fournier

Rhode Islanders facing suspension of their licenses or registrations no longer have to immediately surrender their operator's license or registration plates to the RI DMV.

A state law recently passed by the General Assembly amends this procedure. Now a driver with a suspended license may keep it with them for identification purposes.

DMV Administrator Anthony J. Silva believes this new law will ease the suspension process, he states, “This is another way DMV is working to make the system more convenient and customer friendly”.

Under this new system, a suspension will begin on the effective date. Prior to the amendment, suspensions were not credited until the license or registration plates were turned in to the DMV.

This new law allows a licensee whose license has been suspended to keep the license for the period of suspension. If a driver is found operating a motor vehicle while under suspension, their license will be seized by an officer and returned to the DMV.

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