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Governor signs bill allowing for certificates of title for recreational vehicles

STATE HOUSE — Gov. Gina Raimondo has signed legislation introduced by Rep. Evan P. Shanley (D-Dist. 24, Warwick) and Sen. Erin Lynch Prata (D-Dist. 31, Warwick, Cranston) that will allow the Department of Transportation to issue certificates of title for recreational vehicles.

The law (2018-H 7605, 2018-S 2488) permits the Division of Motor Vehicles to issue a certificate of title to certain types of trailers, including a travel trailer, a fifth wheel trailer, and a park trailer.

The legislation makes a small change in the definition of RV, differentiating between them and trailers designed to carry loads, which do not need to be titled under law. Banks require a title on these vehicles as part of the loan process, but state law currently does not. While the DMV used to issue the titles, it ceased the practice when the agency installed a new computer system last year.