Motor Vehicle Body and Salvage Vehicle Repair

230-RICR-30-05-2 ACTIVE RULE

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2.4Application for License

2.5Full Collision Repair License – Class A

2.6Full Collision Repair License – Class B

2.7Transitioning between Class A and Class B Licenses

2.8Limited Heavy Truck and Equipment License

2.9Limited Paint, Restoration and Customization License

2.10Special Use Licenses

2.11Salvage Vehicle Repair License

2.12Technician Certification

2.13Motor Vehicle Body License Denial, Suspension, Revocation

2.14Salvage Vehicle Repair License Denial, Suspension, Revocation



2.17Records of Transactions to be Maintained


2.19Penalties for Violations


Title 230 Department of Business Regulation (includes the Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner)
Chapter 30 Commercial Licensing
Subchapter 05 Auto Body
Part 2 Motor Vehicle Body and Salvage Vehicle Repair
Type of Filing Amendment
Regulation Status Active
Effective 05/26/2022

Regulation Authority:

R.I. Gen. Laws § 5-38-2

Purpose and Reason:

This regulation addresses the requirements for licensure of individuals and businesses performing motor vehicle body repair and salvage repair work. Several sections needed modernization and updating. It was necessary to add language addressing businesses operating paintless dent repair (“PDR”) facilities and businesses that desired to only repair motorcycles. The section addressing insurance requested re-inspection of vehicles after repair also needed amending to align procedures with modern business and industry practices. Changes were also instituted to the timeline for prohibition on use of aftermarket parts in accordance with changes in the law.  Additionally, several changes minor edits were made to grammar for the licensee’s ease of use and to citations in accordance with RICR styles. 

A summary of the substantive amendments: 
§ 2.3(16) – Add definitions for paintless dent repair and testing equipment.
§ 2.4(A) – Updates application requirements for businesses, clarifies existing language for incomplete applications and renewal applications.  
§ 2.5(A)(4) – Adds an alternative in technician certification requirements for Class A shops. 
§ 2.6(A)(8) – Adds an alternative in technician certification requirements for Class B shops. 
§ 2.4(D)(3) – Adds Paintless Dent Repair clarification to space requirement section. 
§ 2.8(A)(4) – Adds Limited Heavy Truck technician certification clarification.  
§ 2.9(A)(4) – Adds Limited Paint, Restoration and Customization technician certification clarification. 
§ 2.10(B) – Adds Motorcycle Only License and requirements. DBR has issued these special use licenses before and is adding existing requirements to regulation for clarity as a result of questions from applicants/licensees.
§ 2.10(C) – Adds Paintless Dent Repair License and requirements. DBR worked with the Auto Collision Repair Licensing Advisory Board to develop these requirements.  
§ 2.15 (A) – Clarification of authority for written request for reinspection by an insurance company
§ 2.15(B) – Changes how fee paid by insurer to shop is calculated from the annual CPI to a contract-based arrangement, which reflects industry and business practices. 
§ 2.16(E) – Updates provision for aftermarket parts used in a vehicle’s repair to be consistent with R.I. Gen. laws § 27-10.2-2.  

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