Motor and Other vehicles
Registration of Vehicles
§ 31-3-85 Special plate for the New
England Patriots Charitable Foundation.
(a) The administrator of the division of motor vehicles is empowered to make
available special motor vehicle registration plates for passenger vehicle based
upon the not-for-profit entity, the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation
for any motor vehicle eligible for registration as an automobile or commercial
vehicle having a gross weight of ten thousand pounds (10,000 lbs.) or less.
(b) The special plate shall be displayed upon the same
registration number assigned to the vehicle for which it was issued and shall
be used in place of and in the same manner as the registration plates issued to
the vehicle. The original registration plates for the vehicle shall be removed
from the vehicle and the registration certificate for the plates shall be
carried in the vehicle, in accordance with § 31-3-9. The registration
certificate shall be in effect for the special plate. The administrator shall
be authorized to retain newly issued plate numbers, at his or her discretion,
for the purpose of conducting auctions of the right to use and display those
numbers under such terms and conditions as the administrator may permit.
Auction proceeds shall be apportioned and distributed for
charitable purposes, in the discretion of the administrator, in accordance with
such agreements as may be entered into with those entities holding ownership
rights to the logos. The administrator is hereby authorized to enter into
agreements for the use of logos on Rhode Island registration plates.
(c) The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation motor
vehicle plates shall be the same size as regular motor vehicle plates and shall
be designed in conjunction with the division of motor vehicles, with design
approved by the Rhode Island State Police.
(d) New England Patriots Charitable Foundation plates shall
be subject to a minimum pre-paid order of at least nine hundred (900) plates.
New England Patriots Charitable Foundation plates shall not be issued unless
the minimum order requirements are met. The initial order will be handled by
the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation and shall not be submitted to
the division of motor vehicles for the production until the minimum order has
been met and the proper paperwork submitted to the division. Subsequent New
England Patriots Charitable Foundation plate orders will be handled by the
division of motor vehicles.
(e) The administrator of motor vehicles shall develop
application forms, prepayment procedures and any other procedures deemed
necessary to carry out the purposes of this section.
(f) In addition to the regular prescribed motor vehicle
registration fee, New England Patriots Charitable Foundation plates shall be
subject to a forty dollar ($40.00) issuance surcharge.
(g) The forty dollar ($40.00) issuance surcharge shall be
allocated as follows: twenty dollars ($20.00) shall be allocated to the general
fund and the remaining twenty dollars ($20.00) shall be distributed annually to
the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation in furtherance of their mission
of assisting the youth and families of New England through donations that
foster cultural diversity, education, family and health.
(h) A ten dollar ($10.00) surcharge for subsequent
registration renewals shall be allocated to the New England Patriots Charitable
(i) In consideration of the receipt of funds from the
registration of New England Patriots Charitable Foundation, the foundation must
use any Rhode Island sourced funds in and for the benefit of Rhode Island based
(j) The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation will be
required to submit an annual accounting report before such monies are
(k) There shall be no refunds for early cancellation of New
England Patriots Charitable Foundation plates.
History of Section.
(P.L. 2009, ch. 191, § 1; P.L. 2009, ch. 193, § 1.)