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 are provided to Bristol residents only.
The fee is $15. per vehicle inspected; payable in the form of cash, check or money order. Please make checks payable to "Town of Bristol"
VIN checks are conducted on:
Tuesdays, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Thursdays, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM.
You will need to bring the vehicle to the police station, along with the title or a copy of the title for the vehicle (unless it is held by a bank or finance company) and the current registration certificate. If the vehicle title is held by a financial institution, a copy of the title can be sent via FAX to the Bristol Police Department at 401-253-1540. The State of Rhode Island requires a title, or a copy thereof to be presented at the time of the VIN inspection.
To obtain an accident report you may purchase a copy at the Records Office of the Police Department during normal business hours. It is advised that you call in advance to check the availability of your report. You can reach the Records Office at 401-253-6900. Office hours are located on the lower right column of this page.
Accident reports are usually available within 72-hours after the crash. For your convenience you may also purchase a copy of the accident report online at www.buycrash.com