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6/14/2022 Rep. Cardillo bill to remove fees for new license plates included in proposed state budget
STATE HOUSE — A proposal by Rep. Edward T. Cardillo Jr. (D-Dist. 42, Johnston, Cranston) to remove the $8 fee for vehicle owners who acquire a newly redesigned license plate has been included in the proposed state budget that was passed by the House Finance Committee.

 “License plates don’t last forever, and we’ve had the same plates since 1996,” said Representative Cardillo. “While I don’t object to a fee to replace damaged plates, it seems unreasonable to tack on a fee for a plate redesign when car owners are already paying registration fees every two years — especially when the state is mandating that the plates be replaced. I am grateful to Speaker of the House Joseph Shekarchi and my colleagues in the General Assembly for including my proposal to eliminate the fee in the state budget.”

Gov. Dan McKee unveiled the new plate design during a press conference in April. Motorists will be required to replace their current plates when they renew their registrations with the Division of Motor Vehicles within the next two years. The rollout is expected to begin this summer.

Also included in the budget is Representative Cardillo’s proposal that vehicle registrations for any commercial vehicle would be valid for a two-year period.

Cardillo first proposed the license plate fee waiver in legislation (2022-H 8118) he introduced on April 8, and the commercial vehicle registration extension in legislation (2022-H 7651) he introduced on March 2.

For more information, contact:
Daniel Trafford, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903