Motor Vehicles & Trailer Excise Tax

Motor Vehicle Bills have been phased out by the State of Rhode Island. the last Motor Vehicle Tax Bill issued was in 2021. 


The motor vehicle excise tax is a tax on the privilege of registration and is based on the number of days each vehicle or trailer was registered during the preceding year. (January 1st - December 31st)



The value for excise tax purpose is mandated by law to be the average retail value as determined by the Rhode Island Vehicle Value Commission. The determination is made by using the National Automobile Dealers Used Cars Guide.


Motor Vehicles and trailers are taxed by the Assessor based on Registry of Motor Vehicles records. If a vehicle is sold and not replaced, the registration should be cancelled and plates returned to the Registry. Should you retain your plate or simply allow the plate to expire, the vehicle must be taxed until the expiration date of the registration.


If a receipt is desired, please enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope.

1. Please return all 4 quarter payment stubs when paying in full.

2. Quarterly payments - please return in sequence on or before due date.

3. The validity of this tax and any subsequent charges for interest, cost or expense, is in no way dependent upon receipt of this notice.

Delinquent Motor Vehicle Accounts:

In order to clear your registration immediately, payment must be made by cash, certified check, or money order.


Due Dates for Taxes:

1st Quarter Due August 1st                 Delinquent after September 1st

2nd Quarter Due November 1st           Delinquent after December 1st

3rd Quarter Due February 1st              Delinquent after March 1st

4th Quarter Due May 1st                      Delinquent after June 1st


Questions concerning exemptions or values should be directed to the Tax Assessor’s Office at (401) 364-1233.