effective 3/16/2020 the vin inspection service has been temporarily suspended due to the covid-19 outbreak. we will remove this message once we are able to provide this service. thank you for your continued cooperation during this time.
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 $15.00 per vehicle inspected; 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 on:
- Tuesday, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM and
- Thursday, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM.
- Saturday, 10:00 AM to Noon by appointment only.
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 https://www.crashlogic.com/