Rhode Island Boating Information
Registration Questions:(401) 222-6647
Boating Registration Website:http://www.dem.ri.gov/programs/managementservices/licenses/boating-registration.php
State Tax Department Website:http://www.tax.ri.gov/
Registration Grace Period (Days):90 days
Boat Sales & Use Tax Rate:Boats exempt
Credit For Tax Paid In Another State:No
State Decal Required For Documented Vessel:Yes
Boat Titles Issued:Yes
Notes:Boats are exempt from sales and use tax.
Boating Law Administrator(401) 222-2284
Maximum Speed Limit:Posted Speed Limit
Maximum Dimensions For Trailer:48'"L x 8'6"W x 13'6"H
Maximum Overall Length with Vehicle & Trailer:60'
Minimum Weight Requiring Separate Trailer Brakes:4000 lbs.
Trailer Equipment Requirements:
Safety Chains:Yes
Brake Lights:Yes
Clearance Lights:Yes
License Light:Yes
Turn Signals:Yes
Breakaway Breaks:Yes
Two Trailers:Yes on certain roads
Insurance:Yes. If vehicle insurance doesn't
cover the trailer, the trailer must
have it's own insurance.
Oversize Trailer Permit Office:(401) 462-1384
For specific questions about boating issues or BoatUS Government Affairs, please e-mail the department at GovtAffairs@BoatUS.com