Providence police announce they will no longer do VIN checks

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — The Providence Police Department announced Friday that they will no longer be conducting vehicle identification number checks.

Earlier this year, the State General Assembly passed legislation that allows a licensed Rhode Island car dealer to conduct the inspection at their business, then submit VINs for a National Crime Information Center check.

The department said the increase in accessibility to VIN checks combined with the drop in demand at the West Fountain Street VIN check location has led to the decision to discontinue the service.

Officials said all previous appointments that were scheduled will be honored but no new appointments will be accepted.

For information on how to schedule a VIN check, visit the Rhode Island Department of Motor Vehicles website.

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