4x4 Registration

The following information is  only a brief description of the Rules and Regulations for Barrier Beaches in Rhode Island.

For more information, fees and to obtain a permit contact:
Coastal Resources Management
Council Oliver Stedman Government Center [website].
Tower Hill Rd
Wakefield, RI 02879 (401-783-3370 or 401-222-3577)


The Council requires, for the operator’s safety and benefit, that every vehicle operated on a barrier beach carry the following equipment (in good working order):

  1. Shovel (heavy-duty or military entrenching tool).
  2. Tow rope of chain (15 feet, load strength of 1,800 lbs., chain size-5/16" ).
  3. Jack and support stand (minimum 18" x 18" x 5/8", plywood).
  4. Street legal tires (4-ply tread, 2-ply sidewalls) – mud or snow tires not recommended).
  5. Spare tire Low-pressure tire gauge (0-20 lbs.)
  6. First aid kit (approved by Coast Guard).
  7. Fire extinguisher (approved by the Coast Guard or Interstate Commerce Commission).
  8. Road flares
  9. Flashlight

In the event that these requirements and conditions are not met, the four (4) wheel drive vehicle use permit may be subject to revocation by the council or its agents. And one of the following….

  1. Any person who knowingly violates these requirements may be subject to criminal prosecution as a misdemeanor, and upon conviction shall be fined not more than $500.00 and/or serve up to (3) months in jail for each separate offense.
  2. Administrative penalties not to exceed $5,000.00 may be assessed by the CRMC Chairman or Executive Director.

PLEASE NOTE:  These state regulations are in addition to all private restrictions and town ordinances pertaining to vehicle traffic on barrier beaches in the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.

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