Wednesday, May 22, 2019        

Motor Vehicle

Motor vehicles are assessed using the state’s Vehicle Value Commission publication. The assessed values are then prorated based on the number of days that the vehicle was registered for the calendar year. The taxes are calculated by multiplying the assessed value by the tax rate (the 2016 motor vehicle tax rate is $39.00 per thousand dollars). Tax bills are always based on the vehicles that you owned during the previous calendar year.

If you believe that you have received a tax bill for a vehicle that you did not own during the previous calendar year, please contact the Assessor’s Office. In order to abate the tax bill, you will need to provide our office with proof that the Rhode Island registration for the vehicle was cancelled.

Division of Motor Vehicles 

The Assessor’s Office does not have any access to Rhode Island DMV documents. To change your address, renew or cancel registrations, or for any other DMV business, please visit the Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles website

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