Rhode Island Motor Vehicle (DMV) Power of Attorney Form


If handling all of their own motor vehicle affairs has proven to be too troublesome for an individual, they may wish to make use of a Rhode Island Motor Vehicle (DMV) Power of Attorney. The document provided here makes it easy for a motor vehicle owner to pass the responsibility of handling such affairs to another party they identify in the form (who is referred to as their Attorney-in-Fact). To this end, the owner will need to authorize their Attorney-in-Fact to act on their behalf to complete any tasks they require assistance with. In most instances, these tasks will relate to the title or registration of the respective vehicle.

State Laws & Signing Requirements

State Laws – Rhode Island Short Form Power of Attorney Act

Signing Requirements (§ 18-16-2) – The Motor Vehicle DMV will be valid only if the form is signed and acknowledged by the Principal. The law does not force the Principal to do so before a Notary Public nor witnesses, but this is considered best practice when it comes to legal contracts.