RI DMV extends license, credential expiration dates


CRANSTON, R.I. – Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles Administrator Walter R.
«Bud» Craddock today announced that he has extended the validity periods for Rhode
Island motor-vehicle credentials with July 2017 expiration dates to Sept. 30.

The extension, which applies to license, registrations and other credentials due to
expire between July 1, 2017 and July 31, 2017, is the latest in a series of steps
Craddock has taken to minimize the disruption of DMV services to Rhode Islanders due
to the Division’s computer system launch on July 5.

This «grace period» announcement follows action this week to extend the validity
period for temporary license plates from 20 to 40 days. In addition, the
Transportation Security Administration has informed the Division that individuals
carrying Rhode Island credentials that expire during the computer transition period
should not encounter difficulty during domestic air travel. It is recommended that
Rhode Islanders with expired credentials bring a second form of ID as well.

«I want to thank the General Assembly, and Governor Raimondo, for enacting
legislation that will give me, and future Division administrators, the authority to
accommodate Rhode Islanders whenever DMV operations could be affected by major
events such as natural disasters, emergencies or other circumstances, such as the
computer system upgrade,» said DMV Administrator Walter R. «Bud» Craddock. «The
Division’s computer system launch is an infrastructure project with significant
implications for the state.

«Rhode Islanders who have credentials due to expire in July would be the first
affected by the project launch. They now can be assured the Division is doing all
that it can to minimize the disruption they may experience as a result of the

Lead sponsors of the legislation were Sen. Louis P. DiPalma, D-District 12 (Little
Compton, Middletown, Newport, Tiverton) and Rep. Brian Patrick Kennedy, D-District
38 (Hopkinton, Westerly).
The state is committed to a transparent effort that will inform Rhode Islanders of
the computer project’s progress toward its July 5 «go-live» date and important
details they will need to complete transactions. For more information, visit
www.dmv.ri.gov and click on the «DMV Customer Alerts»

The Division will hold a press conference, Thursday, July 29 at 2 p.m. at DMV
headquarters, 600 New London Ave., third floor, to provide details on the workings
of the «grace period.» Administrator Craddock will be joined by Robert S. Hull,
director of the Rhode Island Department of Revenue.