Rhode Island drivers face delays in getting new license plates

The winner of the Rhode Island license plate was announced, Wednesday, April 6, 2022. (Division of Motor Vehicles)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Have you been waiting for a new license plate? Well, the Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles says the roll out of the new plates will now be delayed until the beginning of January.

In April, Gov. Dan McKee revealed the five-wave design.

In a statement, spokesperson for the Rhode Island Department of Revenue Paul Grimaldi said that license plate reissuance will begin with registration renewals. Drivers can expect to get their renewal notices around December.

“License plate production vendor 3M needed six months from the ‘approved’ design to begin delivering license plates to the DMV. That approval is different from the date we released the design to the public,” said Grimaldi. “The RISP approved the design on May 10, 2022, bringing the six-month timeframe for initial delivery to mid-November.”

Grimaldi said there will be an adequate supply of plates to distribute on Jan. 1.

The license plates will be mailed to people when drivers renew exiting vehicle registrations.

“People registering a vehicle for the first time, will get the new plates at the time of their visit,” said Grimaldi.

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