In the State of Rhode Island you have to complete the odometer disclosure statement on the back of the vehicle’s title in the Transfer by Owner section for any transfer of a vehicle that is a model year 2011 or newer, self-propelled, and with a registered weight of 16,000 lbs. or less. Please note that you have to take an odometer reading in any transaction, even if you transfer your vehicle to a family member or you donate the vehicle.
The following vehicles are exempt from odometer disclosure requirements in the State of Rhode Island: all vehicles model year 2010 or older, all vehicles over 16,000 pounds, all non-motorized vehicles (trailer-type), low-speed vehicles (LSV), mopeds, and scooters.
It is very important to never buy a vehicle without receiving the signed title from the previous owner. Also the signed title needs to have the odometer statement section filled out at the moment of the transfer.
So we strongly recommend that for your safety, when you sell a vehicle, to complete also an optional Rhode Island Odometer Disclosure Statement federal form. By filling this optional federal form you will be able to keep the odometer disclosure record with a copy of the assigned title and prevent future claims from the buyer.
Rhode Island Odometer Statement Federal Form
Below you can find the optional Rhode Island federal fillable PDF form for your use in Rhode Island.
The Rhode Island Federal Odometer Disclosure Statement form contains three sections. Below you’ll get exact instructions on how to fill out this generic form:
The first section includes the full name of the seller. Also the name must pe PRINTED – this means to use only Capital Letters to write SELLER’S NAME. Next complete all the vehicle details starting with the current odometer reading. However if the odometer reading is in excess of the mechanical limits of the odometer or is not the actual mileage please check the corresponding box:
In the second section fill out the Seller (Transferor) Information. Here include the seller’s signature, name (write SELLER’S NAME using only Capital Letters), and address:
At the third section fill out the Buyer (Transferee) Information. So here include the buyer’s signature, name (write BUYER’S NAME using only Capital Letters), address, and date of certification:
In Rhode Island you can fill out the optional Rhode Island Odometer Disclosure Statement Form.
If you want to know how to get an exact odometer reading you can find all the details here: Reading the Odometer – How to read an Odometer.
You can also fill out the form by hand. However don’t forget to use a pen with black or blue ink and not a pencil!
How to complete the Rhode Island Odometer Statement
Below you will learn to complete correctly the odometer reading statement on the back of the Rhode Island Certificate of Title in the Transfer by Owner section. You should use a pen with black or blue ink and not a pencil. Also you shouldn’t make any alterations or erasures on the title! Also before you start to complete the title please read carefully all the instructions in advance.
First the seller completes the FULL PRINTED NAME of the buyer(s) and buyer’s address, city, state and ZIP code.
Then if there is a Lienholder the seller completes its details, name, address and date of lien. If there is no Lienholder the seller completes with NONE.
Next the seller states the current odometer reading as the Actual Mileage. Please use here only digits without tenths. Only if it’s the case the seller checks the first box if the Odometer reading entered is in EXCESS of the odometer’s mechanical limits. Or the seller can check the second box only if the Odometer reading entered is NOT the Actual Mileage (Warning Odometer Discrepancy).
Before the seller and the buyer sign on the title they certify that they viewed the odometer of the motor vehicle.
Next complete seller’s signature, date and seller’s HAND PRINTED NAME(S) exactly as it appears on the title.
Finally complete buyer’s signature, date and buyer’s HAND PRINTED NAME(S):
Odometer Fraud in Rhode Island
If you need to report a suspected odometer fraud attempt in the State of Rhode Island you need to address to the Criminal Division Department of Attorney General and file a Consumer Complaint here.
View here more details about the Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles
Furthermore for more details go to the Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles.
The Rhode Island Department of Revenue especially oversees programs that affect the financial management of every community in the state. The mission of the Department of Revenue is to administer its programs, and consistently execute the laws and regulations with integrity and accountability, thereby instilling public confidence in the work performed by the department.