VIN Checks

Service Notice

Rhode Island police departments resumed vehicle identification checks on Sept. 1, 2021

If the vehicle is registered or titled in another state, and the model of the vehicle is a 2001 or newer, a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) check is required prior to registering the vehicle in Rhode Island. VIN checks at the Bristol Police Department are provided for Bristol residents only.

A fee of $20.00 per vehicle inspected is payable in the form of cash, check, or money order. Please make checks payable to “Town of Bristol”. We do not accept Credit/Debit cards.

VIN checks are conducted at the Bristol Police Department for Bristol residents on:

  • Saturdays 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM (no appointment needed)

You will need to bring the vehicle to the police station, along with the original vehicle title. If the vehicle title is held by a bank or finance company, a copy of the title can be provided or sent via FAX to the Bristol Police Department at 401-253-1540.

Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles VIN Check information: State of Rhode Island: Division of Motor Vehicles: VIN Check (ri.gov)

Alternate VIN Inspection locations

VIN Inspections are conducted Monday – Friday at the following locations:

Cranston Veteran’s Memorial Ice Rink/Cranston VIN Inspection Station
900 Phenix Ave
Cranston, RI 02921
(401) 942-2211

Monday – Friday
7:00 am – 2:30 pm

$20.00 fee MUST be paid by check or money order

For additional information regarding the Cranston Police VIN Inspection station click here: VIN Verification Station- Rhode Island -Cranston Police Department (cranstonpoliceri.com)

East Providence Police Department
750 Waterman Ave
East Providence, RI 02914
(401) 435-7600 (press option 5)

Monday – Friday
11:00 am – 2:30 pm

$20.00 fee can be paid by cash, check, or money order.

For additional information regarding the East Providence Police VIN Inspection station click here: FAQs | City of East Providence, RI (eastprovidenceri.gov)