The parties (producers) selling ethanol to you have an obligation to transfer appropriate RINs to you. A producer who is also a marketer may assign up to 2.5 RINs per gallon of renewable fuel. A producer who is not a marketer may only assign RINs up to the renewable equivalence value (EV).
If a company receives an excess number of RINs assigned to a gallon, then the producer would be in violation. To rectify this, a producer may ask a recipient to retire the excess RINs. There is a retirement code on the reporting form for RINs generated in error and that code should be used.
Question and Answer was originally posted at: Questions and Answers on the Renewable Fuel Standard Program (PDF) (55 pp, 221 K, EPA420-F-07-041a, August 2007, About PDF)