Rhode Island Frequently Asked Questions

Am I required to take a motorcycle training course?
A specially designed Motorcycle Safety Course is obligatory for drivers who wish to get their motorbike license in Rhode Island.

Thedrivers ed in Rhode Island is provided by the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI), which offers a comprehensive course of both lectures and riding, plus training motorcycles. As there is no separate motorcycle manual, you may wish to study Rhode Island Driver s Manual for basic preparation.

The driving course will expect that you:

  • Complete a 16.5-hour training program which consists of:
  • Six and a half hour lecture.
  • Two five-hour riding ranges.
  • Carry a bike helmet to classes.
  • Carry weather-appropriate clothes to classes.

CCRI will appoint you a riding coach. More info on class schedule, methods and payment is available at CCRI registration point.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Rhode Island

Am I required to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle?
Wearing a helmet is a necessary safety requirement for motorbikes in Rhode Island.

You will also need to carry a helmet to classes when you attend the motorcycle driving course to get your bike license.

The Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) can give you more details on other equipment necessary to pass the bike drivers course.

When supplying your helmet, think of the specific regulations that you need to adhere to: it needs to be DOT certified and exceed Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 218 (FMVSS 218).

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Rhode Island

Are there times I won’t be allowed to renew registration?
There are some instances under which you will not be allowed to renew car registration. Here are a few examples in which DMV branch offices may not process your car registration:

  • Certain plate types can not be registered online
  • Appropriate insurance has not been obtained
  • Due taxes have not been paid
  • Application is not submitted in person and is not notarized

Applications, which are received in the second half of the month,can not be processed in the current month.

More information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Rhode Island

Can I have different addresses on my driver license and my vehicle registration?
It is possible to have different addresses on your drivers license and your car registration as the procedures to do official change name on both documents are separate in the state of Rhode Island.

Different forms need to be submitted and specific fees need to be paid for each application. Therefore, if you want to have both documents current and valid, you are advised to go through name change procedure for both records.

More information: How to Handle Change of Address in Rhode Island

Can I keep the car insurance I have from my previous state of residence?
Car insurance quotes, formats, and regulations vary across the country.

However, if you want to move from state to state and need to be flexible with your car coverage, you should get in touch with your car insurance agent and check if this is an option you could benefit from.

Many insurance companies do offer the inter-state option or may advise you on discounts and time-saving benefits when getting car insurance.

For more information: Rhode Island Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

Can I renew my commercial drivers license online?
In Rhode Island, you cannot renew yourcommercial driving licenseonline, as it requires personal photo identification.

The burden of responsibility that comes when one holds a license to drive commercial vehicles requires you to visit the main DMV office in Cranston, in person to apply for a CDL that needs to be renewed.

Can I request a certified driver’s record online?
Although it does provide specific information that include regular, CDL or employee driving records, the online service at Cranston does not offer the possibility of getting certified copies online. Certified copies with official DMV stamp can only be obtained via mail or in person. You may want to check which state authority holds non-certified copies satisfactory as some only accept certified copies.

More information: Your Rhode Island Driving Record

Can I take the DMV written test online?
DMV driving tests cannot be taken online. To take the test you need to come in person in a nearby Rhode Island DMV office and take it on a computer.

Only when you successfully pass the written drivers test you can go on to apply for the driving permit.

For more information: DMV Practice Tests Get Your Permit the First Time

Can I use my state CDL anywhere in the United States?
Holders of commercial drivers license are recorded in a singular computerized system on federal level. Therefore, you must hold only one license or serious penalty fees ensue.

However, usage of the CDL license between states depends on the type issued and on guidelines each state has on:

  • Definitions for commercial motor vehicles (CMV).
  • Standards for endorsements.
  • Medical requirements.
  • Intrastate or interstate commerce requirements.

If you decide to use the CDL license out of the state, it is best to check at nearby DMV locations on the transfer, upgrade or added endorsements requirements you need to get to comply with traffic regulations for CDL license owners.

For more information: Rhode Island Commercial Driver s License Application

Can somebody else renew my registration for me?
Car registration renewal is done personally if you want to save yourself notarization costs for the registration application.

Someone else can renew your car registration for you either by mail or online assuming the registration application form has your signature and is notarized.

More information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Rhode Island

Do boats need to be registered?
Maritime regulations in Rhode Island stipulate obligatory registration for all sailing boats, which vary fairly from the rules for car registration.

Below is a checklist of the documents, which differ slightly for new boats, old boats, coastguard vessels or outboard motors. Boat registration is under the jurisdiction of the Rhode Island Department for Environmental Management.

Each boat type registration requirementsare listed and explained in detail in the Boat Registration Requirements Form. It is thus recommended that you study the form before you apply for the registration. Here are the basic requirements for new boats:

  • Boat Registration Application
  • Bill of Sale
  • Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin
  • Boat Registration Application and fee
  • Outboard Motor Registration Application and fee
  • Application for Initial Vessel Certificate of Title and fee

More information: How to Register a Boat in Rhode Island

Do I need a motorcycle license to ride a scooter or moped?
If you decide to drive a smaller motor vehicle such as a moped or a scooter, owning a driving license is not mandatory in Rhode Island. The requirement for going through a new vehicle registration procedure remains though.

It is advisable to have in mind the definitions for a moped or a scooter so that you can check your vehicle against them and make sure not to drive an unauthorized vehicle. Both motor vehicles are:

  • Two-wheeled.
  • With maximum 50cc capacity.
  • Cannot exceed 30 mph.

If you wonder about the specific requirements for a motorized bike, a trike or a customized bike, you may want to check if the particular one needs to go under the procedure for motorcycle registration at a nearby DMV location.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Rhode Island

 

Do I need to attend traffic school if I get a speeding ticket?
If the court of jurisdiction orders that you attend traffic school, in addition to the fact that you need to pay speeding ticket, you will need to be retrained. The Driver Retraining office at DMV Cranston is responsible for coordinating traffic education. Classes are held at the state authorized Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI). You will need to register to attend the driving course within four weeks after the court order date.

More information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Rhode Island

Do I need to cancel my insurance if I am moving to another state?
It is a usual practice that car insurance is obtained in the state of residency. Therefore, if you are moving to another state, you might want to get a new one.

Sometimes, there are insurance companies that offer transfer of the insurance nationwide. You may be able to use this possibility, and it is advisable if you check the option with your insurance agent.

Make sure to see if the previous state requirements are convertible into the car insurance policy of your current state.

For more information: Rhode Island Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

Do I need to file a police report if my license was lost or stolen?
Lost or stolen licenses can cause suspicion of license misuse. Still, it is not mandatory for subjects who have suffered license loss or theft to file a police report in Rhode Island.

A sensible choice though is to do so, as it may prevent complications which may arise from identity issues. Be aware that the driving license is a proof of identity when you consider reporting the issue to the police. A stolen license with a CDL endorsement can produce even greater damage if misused.

More information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Rhode Island Driver’s License or ID Card

Do I need to file a police report if my registration was lost or stolen?
It is a mandatory legal requirement in the state of Rhode Island to file a police report for a stolen car registration or lost car registration.You are required to file a report in your local law enforcement point using the Affidavit for Cancellation of Registration for Lost Plates.

Bear in mind that this will also protect you, your vehicle and your driving record from being misused.

More information: How to Replace Vehicle Registration in Rhode Island


Do I need to return my license plate if I move out of the state?
It is an official state requirement to return license plates to DMV after you cancel them. It is sensible to pay attention and do this on time to avoid unnecessary belated tax claims from the state.

To do so, send the cancelled plates to:

Division of Motor Vehicles

Attn: Plates, 600 New London Avenue,

Cranston RI 02920

In case you wish to cancel the plates because they have been stolen or lost, you have the obligation of filing a report at the police. Since you will not have the plates with you, you must obtain a cancellation receipt and submit the police report to the DMV. Another option is to complete the Affidavit for Cancellation of Registration for Lost Plates.

More information: How to Register a Vehicle in Rhode Island

Do I need to take a drivers ed course?
If you are state resident and you are applying for a limited instruction permit, you need to have completed 33 hours of drivers education. Non-resident drivers need to get their courseapproved by the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI).Drivers ed is not required if you are applying for instruction permit.

For more information: Learner s Permit for Beginner Drivers in Rhode Island

Do I need to turn in my damaged registration?
Yes, it is compulsory that you hand in your damaged car registration copy at DMV when you submit the application for replacement.

Failing to do that may indicate that the certificate has been lost or stolen and it may require filing a police report. The damaged copy is a proof that this is not the case.

More information: How to Replace Vehicle Registration in Rhode Island


Does a motorized scooter need to be registered?
Motorcycle registration in Rhode Island is mandatory. Vehicles identified as mopeds and scooters also need to be registered.

To register motorbike as efficiently as possible, you must prepare the following documents:

  • Affidavit for Motorcycle, Moped and Scooter
  • Application for Registration and Title Certificate/TR-1
  • Bill of Sale
  • Car title or Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin provided by the dealer
  • Registration fee which is prorated by date plus $1.50 service fee

More information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Rhode Island

Does my vehicle qualify for a smog inspection?
When you go through a new car registration in Rhode Island smog inspections are mandatory except for certain vehicles under specific circumstances.

Inspections for newly registered vehicles purchased from an out-of-state dealer must be done within 5 days of car registration date. If the new vehicle has been bought from a licensed dealer, the smog sticker need not be older than 90 days from the sale date and the vehicle need not have accumulated more than 500 miles.

Detailed instructions for smog inspection can be found in the Official Manual for Motor Vehicle Inspection or on the official Rhode Island online information point for safety emissions.

Frequency of smog checks depends on vehicle type and weight:

  • Light duty vehicles and trucks up to 8,500 lbs. GVWR need to be checked at least once every two years
  • Heavy duty vehicles and trucks greater than 8,500 lbs. GVWR need to be checked at least once a year
  • Trailers and semi-trailers, motorcycles and livestock trailers greater than 1,000 lbs. GVWR need to be checked prior to June 30th each year

Inspection exemptions are allowed for:

  • Vehicles with antique plates if used solely for exhibit purposes
  • New vehicles for two years from the date of purchase or until the vehicle accumulates 24,000 miles

Inspections are done at certified stations. Station locations are defined by vehicle type and weight correspondingly:

More information: Vehicle Emissions Testing in Rhode Island

How can I avoid a license suspension if I choose not to insure my vehicle?
Unfortunately, not getting car insurance or failing to respond to the request for insurance notification will result in having your drivers license suspended.

The only two options that will not result in suspended drivers license include:

  • Cancelingcar registration.
  • Providing proof that the vehicle is only used for active military, it is out of service or is used seasonally.

For more information: Rhode Island Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

How can I get a veteran designation on my ID card?
One of the military benefits you can obtain from DMV is a veteran designation. You can get this on your identification card regardless of the fact that you already have veteran plates.

It will not be an additional financial burden as it is free of charge.

The only thing that needs to be done is submitting a Veteran Designation Form which needs to be signed off by your officer in charge.

In support, you also need to present your DD 214 discharge form with honorable credentials to qualify for the designation.

For more information: Rhode Island Veteran Benefits

How can I obtain a copy of the driver manual?
The easiest way to get your drivers manual is to download it online. There are two language versions to choose from:

  • English
  • Spanish

You can also visit DMV locations to get a printed copy of the Drivers Manual.

Additional guides and manuals are available online for commercial driving license or for driving under supervision.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver s License in Rhode Island

How can I pay for my traffic or parking ticket?
There are several options for paying traffic ticket in Rhode Island and they depend on the options offered by the actual court of jurisdiction.

Payment options are stated on the traffic ticket and, if under the jurisdiction of the Traffic Tribunal, and may include:

  • Via mail
  • Via Internet
  • In person
  • At a court hearing

Traffic fines under the jurisdiction of a Municipal Court can be paid if you contact the court in the relevant municipality and check their options.

More information: How to pay a traffic ticket in Rhode Island

How can I renew my drivers license?
Regular operator s drivers license renewal in Rhode Island can be done online or at DMV locations.

On the other hand, CDL licenses can only be renewed at the main headquarters of DMV, which is in Cranston.

Make sure that you have in mind the expiration period of your license so that you avoid unnecessary upsets when the renewal time approaches. In certain situations you might be asked to take the written knowledge exam and the road skills test again. These procedures might be particularly complex for a CDL license.

More information: How to Renew a Driver s License in Rhode Island

How can I renew my vehicle registration?
Car registration renewals in DMV Rhode Island cannot be done in person. Applicants who wish to renew car registration can choose between three convenient options:

  • Submission by mail to the main office in Cranston
  • Submission online
  • Submission via drop box at DMV locations

Some restrictions apply to these three options. To confirm if you can renew car registration online, note that there are municipal restrictions for the cities of Barrington, Central Falls, Exeter and Warren. Address change or update on leased vehicles cannot be done online.

More information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Rhode Island

How can I transfer my registration to another state?
Moving to another state will entail that you research the corresponding rules for transfer of car registration that are relevant there.

Each state has specifically designed procedures, documents and fees so it is best if you locate a DMV and ask what needs to be done to make sure everything runs smoothly and that you can drive continuously without wasting too much time.

More information: How to Register a Vehicle in Rhode Island

How do I apply for a commercial drivers license?
The application for a commercial drivers license in Rhode Island entails that you are at least 21 years old, or 18 years old for an intrastate license. The only DMV address where you can go to apply for a CDL is the Cranston location.

If you are an experienced driver and you wish to drive commercial vehicles, you need to:

  • Bring your regular Rhode Island drivers license, which you have held for at least two years.
  • Bring your Social Security Card.
  • Complete the application for commercial driver s license.
  • Pass both CDL written and skills tests.
  • Obtain CDL instruction permit.
  • Provide a valid medical card or certificate.
  • Pay the $11.50 fee.

A chauffer application is separate. You may wish to locate a DMV to check specifics on how to apply as chauffer.

For more information: Rhode Island Commercial Driver s License Application

How do I apply for a disabled person parking placard or plates?
If you are getting car registration from the position of a disabled person, you will first need to validate your status by fulfilling certain criteria. Disabled persons fall under the following categories:

  • Cannot walk without help from a medical device or another person
  • Have severe lung disease with limited lung capacity
  • Use portable oxygen
  • Have severe cardiac condition with functional limitations
  • Legally blind with visual acuity of 20/200 or worse

To apply for car plates as a disabled person, you will need to take the following steps:

  1. Prove that you are a Rhode Island resident
  2. Obtain medical certification to prove your disabled person status
  3. Complete Disability Parking Placard Applicationwithin 30 days of the medical certification

The procedure for a disabled veteran license plates is fairly different and requires that you locate a DMV and:

  • Complete the Application for Registration and Title Certificate/TR-1.
  • Provide discharge papers or other valid proof supporting your military record.
  • Provide special form from the Department of Veterans Affairs indicating 100 percent disabled.
  • Pay $31.50 remake fee (no initial fee is required) unless exempt.

More information: Information for Disable Persons in Rhode Island

How do I apply for a drivers license?
To get license to drive in Rhode Island, you must submit the application and the accompanying documentation in person in one of the DMV office locations.

Fees and supporting documents may vary and are subject to the type of driving license you are applying for. First time applicants need to go through a three-stage driving license grading system which starts at a limited instruction permit and progresses to provisional license and full operator license.

Each drivers license application assumes that you are over 16, that you have passed the necessary drivers ed and drivers tests and that you have paid the appropriate fees. Applicants may wish to check the most recent applicable fee with their closest DMV office.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver s License in Rhode Island

How do I apply for a learner’s permit?
The steps you need to take to get a permit for driving depend on your age and residency.The state of Rhode Island issues two types of learners permit for new drivers, which include:

  • Limited instruction permit
  • Instruction permit

To get alimited instruction permit,beginner drivers who are state residents need to be between 16 and 18 years old. When you submit the required documents and pay the driving permit fees in your nearest DMV location office, you must be accompanied by a parent or a legal guardian who need to sign the application.

An instruction permit is issued to drivers over 18 who do not own a drivers license or whose license has been expired for more than 5 years. Drivers ed is not required.

For more information: Learner s Permit for Beginner Drivers in Rhode Island

How do I apply for a motorcycle license?
After you successfully go through a motorcycle driving course, getting a motorcycle license in Rhode Island starts with locating a DMV office and visitingit in person.

You will then need to obtain all necessary documents, submit an application, pass all tests and pay the fees. You will initially receive your motorcycle permit which is valid for 18 months. After a period of 30 days a full motorcycle driving license will be issued to you.

Unless you provide Minor Release Agreement Form from your parents,you must be over 18 to enroll into the procedure to get your motorcycle license.

A motorcycle license, which has been issued by another state, can be verified and converted into a valid Rhode Island drivers license.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Rhode Island

How do I change my address on my car insurance?
Car insurance companies vary in the manner in which they handle address changes. To find out the steps to change address on car insurance, Rhode Island drivers will need to contact their car insurance company directly.

The state of Rhode Island has made recent legal amendments, which have introduced an official Insurance Verification System (IVS) that stipulates regulations for car coverageon state territory. It is compulsory for the vehicle identification number to be matched with the insurance policy number. The system is just being implemented and if a letter has been sent you by IVS you must follow it through.

More information: How to: Save on Rhode Island Auto Insurance

How do I change my address on my car registration?
Drivers in Rhode Island can only request an official address change on a car registration after having requested a change of address on theirdrivers license and ID card. The following is anaddress change checklistthat can benefit you when preparing the necessary documentation:

It is suggested to check with the RI DMV for fees regarding changes on your car registration. Fees may vary subject to:

  • New certificate issuance
  • The age of the applicant
  • Type of drivers license and vehicle you own

More information: How to Handle Change of Address in Rhode Island

How do I change my address on my commercial drivers license?
To change address on a CDL license, applicants must visit a RI DMV location. When processinganaddress change requestat the DMV main Cranston office, make sure to carry the following documents with you:

Renewal and update fees on a CDL license may vary on the type of CDL endorsement you have on the license.

How do I change my address on my drivers license?
To change your address on your drivers license when moving in Rhode Island,you can do so either online, by mail, or in person. When you arrange the name change at the main DMV Cranston office, you must present the following documents:

Note that if the address changing calls for a completely new sample of the driving license to be issued, you may be charged surplus fees. The fee may also vary if you decide to go for the online address change option or if you apply for a CDL license. Locate a DMV office and check the precise costs for your document in advance.

More information: How to Handle Change of Address in Rhode Island

How do I change my address on my ID card?
Thereare certain steps you should pay attention to when you do an official change address on your ID card in Rhode Island. The procedure can be put into action in person at a DMV in Cranston, online, or by mail. Be prepared to submit the following documents:

You can mail the address change forms to:

State of Rhode Island and Providence plantations division of motor vehicles

600 New London Avenue Cranston

RI 02920-3024

More information: How to Handle Change of Address in Rhode Island

How do I change my name on my car insurance?
The state of Rhode Island has a tradition of compulsory car insurance with a brand new insurance changes being put into practice.

Recent law amendments have established a mandatory insurance verification system (IVS) for the state, which specifies matching VIN (vehicle identification numbers) for vehicles and car insurance policies. Failing to comply with the system may result in severe fines.Refer to the Rhode Island Verification System Implementation Guide for more information.

For more information: Rhode Island Auto Insurance Get a Quote and Save

How do I change my name on my car registration?
Before you can change your name on your car registration in Rhode Island, make sure that you have updated your driver’s license first.

To apply for a name change on a car registration, drivers must apply in person at a RI DMV location and present the following documents:

More information: How to replace a Vehicle Registration in Rhode Island

How do I change my name on my driver’s license?
The first step that you need to take in regards to changing your name on your drivers license IN Rhode Island is to do the initial alteration with the Social Security Administration (SSA). Only then you can go to DMV locations and submit the application. You can choose to mail or visit an SSA office in person. Here is what you will need to have prepared:

  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of citizenship
  • Proof of age
  • Application for Social Security Card

The second step to process the name change request is to go to a RI DMV office, where you will need to complete the following steps:

  1. Complete Rhode Island Application for License, Identification Card and Permit/Ll-1
  2. Provide proof of name
  3. Carry original Social Security Card
  4. Have your current Rhode Island driving license
  5. Have an original marriage certificate, original divorce decree or court papers
  6. Pay $6.50 for a regular license or $26.50 for a CDL license

More information: Driver s license and ID issues in Rhode Island

How do I change my name on my ID card?
To change a name on an ID card, Rhode Island residents must provide the following documents to the RI DMV:

  • Rhode Island Application for License, Identification Card and Permit/Ll-1
  • Proof of name
  • Original Social Security Card
  • Current ID card
  • Original marriage certificate, original divorce decree or court papers
  • Pay $6.50 fee

More information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Rhode Island

How do I contact the Social Security Administration for my name change?
To make an official name change with the Social Security Administration, you can either mail in the following information or you may present it at an SSA office near you:

  • Completed Application for a Social Security Card
  • Proof of your legal name change such as a marriage or divorce certificate
  • Proof of identity with a driver s license, state ID, or US Passport
  • Proof of citizenship with a US birth certificate or certificate of naturalization

Original documents or certified copies must be presented when applying for a name change with the Social Security Administration. The SSA will not accept photocopies of original documents. For more information on how to change your name legally, visit the Social Security Administration website.

More information: Driver s license and ID issues in Rhode Island

How do I file a complaint when I believe someone has illegally accessed my DMV record?
If you suspect someone has misused the data from your driving record you must immediately inform the DMV office in Cranston about your notion. Misuse of personal data is considered a criminal act and offenders will be charged with criminal convictions by the state. You can also decide to submit a lawsuit and bring violators to court for civil action.

More information: Your Rhode Island Driving Record

How do I file a police report if my car registration was stolen?
If you need to replace lost car registration, you should also file a police report. You can choose between two options:

The police report will need to be attached to the car registration replacement documentation.

More information: How to Replace Vehicle Registration in Rhode Island


How do I get a copy of my driving record?
Checking driving records in Rhode Island can be done in three ways:

  • In person (for certified copies) at:

DMV Operator Control

600 New London Avenue

Cranston

RI 02920-3024

  • Via mail
  • Online (for non-certified copies only)

More information: Your Rhode Island Driving Record

How do I get a duplicate ID card?
The procedure for getting a duplicate ID card is very similar to the one that is stipulated for a new ID card issuance. A duplicate ID cardis issued when your current one has been lost, stolen or destroyed. Applicants for duplicate ID cards will need to submit all required documents at a DMV office. The application will need to include the following supporting documentation:

  • ID Application form/LI-1 form
  • A certified birth certificate/Proof of Identity Document
  • Social Security Card
  • Proof of residency
  • $26.50 fee

The Rhode Island Application for License, Identification Card and Permit Form gives a specific list of valid documents acceptable for the ID card replacement. A note to have in mind in terms of identity proof is that your tax identification number cannot be considered as such.

Section E of the form refers to data important for a lost ID card. The service is provided for free to citizens aged 59 or more.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Rhode Island Driver s License or ID Card

How do I get a hardship license?
There are two situations of Hardship License for suspended drivers license in Rhode Island:

  • Hardship License
  • Ignition Interlock

Once the court has ordered a hardship license you need to show up at DMV Operator Control with the list of documents set in the Hardship License and Ignition Interlock Instructions form. What you need to prepare depends on the hardship imposed.

More information: Suspended License Information for Rhode Island

How do I get a replacement license if I am in the military and stationed elsewhere?
It might be a nuisance to apply for duplicate documentation if you often need to stay abroad for military purposes. In this case, DMV makes the application to replace drivers license easier for you by offering replacement by mail.

To apply, you will need to:

Division of Motor Vehicles

Attn: License and Registration,

600 New London Avenue Cranston,

RI 02920

Applicants may want to check most recent fees with DMV as they often vary.

A CDL license can only be replaced in person as federal regulations expect a photo identification to be put on them.

More information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Rhode Island Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I get a traffic ticket dismissed?
To get your traffic ticket dismissed you will need to follow through with the instructions listed on your court order. Certain violations ask that you refrain form further traffic offenses in a defined time frame.

On occasions, you may decide to contact a traffic lawyer and get legal advice on dealing with the imposed measures. This could be of help as traffic fines related cases are seldom unified and require individualized approach.

More information: Get a Rhode Island Traffic Ticket Lawyer to Fight Your Ticket

How do I obtain a copy of someone else’s driving record?
If you need to get a copy of someone else’s driving record you will need to adhere to the federal guidelines for data protection. Certain information is accessible with no restriction, whereas some of it, especially data that may disclose personal identification or address requires permission from the concerned party.

Provided you have taken into account the above restrictions, drivers report can be obtained in the same way as personal records: online, in person or via mail at Operator Control at the DMV office in Cranston. You will need to have information for the date of birth, license number, zip code and last name of the record owner.

More information: Your Rhode Island Driving Record

How do I obtain a duplicate car registration?
If your current registration has been stolen or lost and you want to get a duplicate carregistration, you need to take the following steps:

  1. Visit a DMV office in person
  2. Prepare supporting documentation
  3. Complete the application for registration
  4. Pay the appropriate fee

You can also mail the application and the supporting documentation to:

Division of Motor Vehicles

Registration Duplicate

600 New London Avenue Cranston

RI 02920

Have in mind that license plates renewal needs to be done separately and bears extra costs.

More information: How to Replace Vehicle Registration in Rhode Island

How do I obtain a duplicate car title?
Residents who have stolen, damaged or lost car titles in Rhode Island must apply for a car title copy with the Rhode Island DMV. The documents needed to replace a lost car title or stolen vehicle title in RI include:

  • A completed Application for Title
  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of residency
  • Car title replacement fee of $51.50

You can submit the request in person at your local RI DMV or send it by mail to the following address:

Division of Motor VehiclesResearch/Title Office600 New London Ave.Cranston, RI 02920

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in New Jersey

How do I obtain a duplicate license?
In case you have suffered the mishap of having your license lost, stolen or damaged, a duplicate drivers license in Rhode Island can be issued:

  • In person at DMV offices where you can submit required documents and pay fees .
  • Via mail if you are temporarily out of the country.

Take into account that a CDL license is only replaceable in person, as it requires personal photo identification.

More information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Rhode Island Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I obtain a salvaged car title?
Vehicles that have been pronounced a total loss by an insurance company need to get a salvaged car title. To obtain a title transfer for a vehicle, which is deemed salvaged, you must get ready with a large set of documents which prove various facts in regards to the vehicle salvaged condition and schedule an appointment.

  • First, mail completed Salvage Inspection Application and attach:
    • Copies of receipts for replaced parts and labor with VIN.
    • Check or money order for $56.50 payable to DMV.
    • Copy of the salvage car title.
    • Certificate of salvage repair by a licensed salvage re-builder.
  • Second, schedule a salvage inspection appointment and present:
    • Original receipts for replaced parts and labor with VIN.
    • Drivers license or ID card.
    • Insurance appraisal report.
    • Repair work order.
    • Properly assigned salvage car title.
    • Vehicle must be completely restored.
    • Photos of vehicles before repair.
    • Bill of Sale.

More information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Rhode Island

How do I obtain car registration?
New car registration in Rhode Island can be done only in person at DMV locations.

Applicants who wish to have their car registered must prepare a cluster of documents in support to the submission of the application for registration and bring everything to DMV. They must also pay all applicable fees depending on the type of transaction, which brought the vehicle ownership.

A person that applies for a car registration must be at least 16 years old. Minors under the age of 18 are required to have a GU-1338 certificate of insurance.

More information: How to Register a Vehicle in Rhode Island

How do I reinstate after a revocation as a Habitual Traffic Offender?
Traffic regulations in Rhode Island do not stipulate a point-based system. To be asserted as a Habitual Offender one needs to have at least three violations in a continuous period of three years.

The procedure for suspended drivers license reinstatement as a habitual offender will presume that you first visit the Operator Control point at DMV Cranston. Operator Control is responsible for providing a suspension notice and instructions on handling your individual case.

The action you will need to take depends on the suspension restriction, which has been issued by the relevant court and the opinion of the Medical Advisory Board. Depending on their decision you will need to go through indicated programs and pay necessary fees in order to reinstate revoked drivers license.

More information: Suspended License Information for Rhode Island

How do I reinstate my license if I refused to submit a breath/urine/blood test?
Failing to submit to a chemical test in Rhode Island is a completely separate traffic violation and it can result in adrivers license suspension.

Assuming that you have finished all other offense related activities that have been ordered by the court, you will need to pay the DWI $151.50 reinstatement fee and visit DMV Operator Control in Cranston for details on further steps you must take.

DUI/DWI measures usually go in a bundle. Therefore, it is a good idea if you check with a DUI lawyer what can be done to improve your driving record faster.

More information: DUI/DWI Information for Rhode Island

How do I reinstate my suspended license?
The procedure to reinstate suspended drivers license starts at Operator Control section of DMV in Cranston. There you will get a transaction number, you will be met by a Hearing Officer and will be given further instructions on the steps you need to take and the measures that have come along with the suspension.

Operator Control is a busy place located on the first floor at DMV in Cranston. Claimants have the option to mail or visit in person at:

Operator Control

Attn: Medical Advisory Board

600 New London Avenue Cranston

RI 02920-3024

More information: How To: Handle Suspensions, Points and Other Problems in Rhode Island

How do I remove points from my driver’s license?
As the state of Rhode Island does not introduce a point-based system for its drivers, there is no need to pay attention to removing points from your drivers license. When dealing with traffic ticket fines or clearing driving record, you can get in touch with Operator Control at DMV main headquarters.

You will be instructed on the measures you need to take to improve your driving record. The RI DMV will also be able to assist if you have been pronounced a Habitual Traffic Offender.

More information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Rhode Island

How do I renew my driving permit?
Learners permit for starting drivers is valid for one year or until applicants turn 18.

Renewing your drivers permit requires thatyou submit your application to a local DMV office, in person.

You are expected to bring the current driving permit, a renewal form and your Social Security Card for identification. Rhode Island Driver s Manual offers additional details for renewal of your drivers license.

For more information: Learner s Permit for Beginner Drivers in Rhode Island

How do I renew my ID card?
Identification cards usual validity is five years. In case yours has expired and you want to apply for an ID card renewal you can do so at DMV locations or online.

The all-inclusive application document for ID cards and licenses of the state of Rhode Island will be the basic form that you will need to submit at a DMV office.

Below you may find a list of everything that needs to be enclosed in the application cluster:

  • ID Application form/LI-1 form
  • Proof of identity
  • Your old/expired ID card
  • Supporting documentation for a non-U.S. citizen status verification.
  • Proof of residency
  • $26.50 fee

There is a fee exemption for senior citizens aged over 59.

For more information: How to apply for a Rhode Island Identification Card

How do I renew my license if I am in the military and stationed elsewhere?
DMV offices offer the option to renew drivers license online or via mail. This possibility makes the procedure much easier for US residents stationed out of the country for military services, study or work.

To do so, applicants stationed out of the country need to take the next steps:

  • Complete the vision test
  • Obtain new license in person within two years of the one obtained via mail or online
  • Paythe fee with check or money order
  • Mail to:

Division of Motor Vehicles

Attn: License and Registration,

600 New London Avenue Cranston,

RI 02920

According to federal regulations,a CDL license can only be renewed in person. Yet, Rhode Island DMV makes a concession for military persons stationed abroad by offering a chance to opt out of the skills test if they have been driving military vehicles with commercial-like specifications. In order to use this privilege, they must present the Application for Military Skills Test Waiver, which must be signed off by their officerin charge.

How do I renew my medical report for a commercial license?
The required medical certificate in Rhode Island is dated and valid for two years unless the driver s medical condition is such that it requires frequent checks. To renew the medical report for a commercial drivers license, you will need to visit a local RI DMV provide an updated certificate.

In addition, most recent medical regulations for commercial driving license ask certified medical examiners to send secure monthly medical reports to the relevant commercial transport authority.

For more information: Rhode Island Commercial Driver s License Application

How do I renew my motorcycle license?
If you approach the expiry date of your motorbike license, which is usually five years (or two years if you are a senior citizen), you will have to apply for renewal.

You can renew your motorcycle license in Rhode Island either in person or online. To renew in person, you need to be a Rhode Island resident and prepare and submit the following documents to the DMV location convenient for you:

  • Identification document
  • Current motorcycle license
  • Renewal form
  • $26.50(or $30 with vanity) renewal fee
  • Written knowledge test or a road test certificate (if the license has been expired for more than three years)

DMV will firstly issue a temporary permit, so that you can continue driving uninterrupted for the first 60 days. When the regular motorcycle license is finally processedit will be mailed to the address you have provided.

Rhode Island DMV offers online renewals which you can process with a credit card.

For more information: How to Renew/Replace a Motorcycle License in Rhode Island

How do I replace my license if I am a non-U.S. citizen?
If you want to replace driving license and you do not have the status of a US citizen there is additional documentation that needs to be prepared in support to your application for a duplicate license. The replacement checklist is somewhat different for out-of-country and for US territories status holders, and the application can only be made at Cranston headquarters.

More information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Rhode Island Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I replace my license if I lost it out of state?
The documents for replacing a lost drivers license out-of-state are alike the ones needed for getting drivers license copyin-country.

If you cannot go to DMV locations in person because you are abroad, DMV provides the option ofreplacing the license via mail. To do so you need to:

Division of Motor Vehicles

Attn: License and Registration,

600 New London Avenue Cranston,

RI 02920

It is recommended that applicants check current fees with DMV as they often vary.

More information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Rhode Island Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I transfer my car title between states?
Transfer of title in Rhode Island and another state can be done if you prepare the documents and observe requirements from the checklist below:

You must make sure that you do the title transfer within 30 days from your arrival in the state and that you put the vehicle in inspection within five days. It is advisable that you check the requirements made by the other state before you enter the process to observe both legislations.

More information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Rhode Island

How do I transfer my car title if I lost the original?
Before you go ahead to transfer car title, you will first need to obtain a new one following the regulations and the procedure pertaining to obtaining a first title. If you are not the owner, you may need to get in touch with the original owner so that they assist you on this.

In addition, it is a good idea to report your lost car title at the police as you may want to avoid misuse of vehicle ownership.

Make sure to contact DMV in Cranston in advance to be able to efficiently carry on with the transfer of title procedure.

More information:Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Rhode Island

How do I transfer my car title?
Car title transfer is an intricate procedure that needs to be completed whenever you want to get a document, which serves you as a proof of ownership. It does not matter if the vehicle that requires transfer of title has been purchased, inherited, gifted or if it does not need to be registered just at the moment.

Transferring car title in Rhode Island will expect that you:

  • Mail or submit the application for title transfer in person.
  • Prepare supporting documentation.
  • Pay appropriate fees.

Supporting documentation depends on the reason behind the concrete title transfer. Note that title transfer in Rhode Island is mandatory only for vehicles manufactured in 2000 or later.

If you decide to use the mail option you can send the application to the main DMV Cranston office at:

Division of Motor Vehicles

600 New London Avenue

Cranston, RI 02920

More information: How To: Deal with your Vehicle Registration and Titling Issues

How do I transfer the title of my RV?
If you wonder how and where to transfer car title of your RV or trailer the best place to look is at DMV locations as there are requirements that refer to various trailer categories. Usually, the requirements for title transfer of purchased trailers include submitting the following documents:

  • Bill of sale
  • Proof of ownership
  • Copy of the registration application
  • Sales and Use Tax form
  • Valid car insurance
  • $51.50 title transfer fee

More information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Rhode Island

How does a military member obtain a motorcycle license?
The same basic requirementsas for regular applicants are valid for military persons who wish to obtain a motorcycle license in Rhode Island. They need to go through the essential course and skills tests.

If you wish to check benefits that arise from military association leverage you are encouraged to check at a nearby DMV address.

Some advantages come out from the attributions that are associated with regular driving license. DMV Rhode Island can provide a Veteran Designation Form free of charge. There is an option of renewing motorcycle license online which can make the procedure easier for people abroad. Military persons who hold a CDL license can get a CDL Military Skills Waiver which allows them to opt out of the skills test.

For more information: Rhode Island Motorcycle Drivers

How does the DMV check my vision?
DMV does conducts an eye exam following the standards proscribed by the Rhode Island Optometric Association and the Rhode Island Ophthalmological Society.

All applicants must locate a DMV and take a vision test. You will be tested for visual acuity, visual fields and color vision. Make sure to wear your contact lenses at the time of the eye check. Your vision must be at least 20/40 to be issued a drivers license.

Applicable standards for vision tests are available in the Rhode Island Eye Check Card.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver s License in Rhode Island

How long do I need my learners permit before I can get my drivers license?
Once you have held the driving permit for a minimum of six months, you can apply for a limited provisional license. You must stay away of traffic violations during that period.

When you turn 17, and provided you have held the limited provisional license for at least 12 months, you are eligible to apply for a full operator sdrivers license.

For more information: Learner s Permit for Beginner Drivers in Rhode Island

How long will I have a suspended license for not taking a chemical test?
Pursuant to Rhode Island legislation, failing to take the chemical test is treated as a misdemeanor and the license will be revoked for at least six months.

The aforementioned length only takes into account that the measure has been issued originally and exclusively. Any subsequent drivers license suspension that tops up the first one can considerably prolong the suspension period.

More information: Suspended License Information for Rhode Island

How long will it take to get my new ID card?
ID card processing services may vary and cannot be precisely planned upfront.

To be well prepared and sure you will obtain the identification cardon time, please get in touch with DMV offices to see the frequency that is usual for your location.

For more information: Rhode Island DMV Office Contact Information

How many points can I get on my driving record before my driver’s license is suspended?
The state of Rhode Island does not use a point-based system. This does not mean that the driving history is not kept on file and that subsequent violations do not have effect on your driving record.

Three consecutive violations in three years will entitle you the status of Habitual Traffic Offender and may put you into a situation that could result in a drivers license suspension.

More information: Your Rhode Island Driving Record

How many times can I attend a traffic school course to remove points from my driving record?
A point-based system for drivers does not exist in Rhode Island. Repetitive violations are subject to you acquiring the status of Habitual Traffic Offender, which will have effect on your driving record.

The action you will need to take depends on the restrictions and the instructions given by the relevant court and the opinion of the Medical Advisory Board at DMV Operator Control.

Depending on their opinion you will need to go through indicated programs, which may include additional drivers course.

More information: Your Rhode Island Driving Record

How much does it cost to change my name on my car registration?
RI DMV offices charge $6.50 for a name change application and take into account regular driving licenses, CDL licenses and identification cards.Note that fees may vary; therefore, check with DMV before you apply. Senior citizens aged over 59 are fee exempted.

More information: Driver s license and ID issues in Rhode Island

How much does it cost to change my name on my car title?
The Rhode Island DMV charges a fee of $51.50 to process car title name changes. A useful timesaving step before you apply is to locate a DMV and confirm recent fee updates.

More information: Driver s license and ID issues in Rhode Island

How much does it cost to change my name with the DMV?
The cost to apply for a RI DMV name changeis $6.50. Note that fees may vary; therefore, check with DMV before you apply. Senior citizens aged over 59 are fee exempted.

More information: Driver s license and ID issues in Rhode Island

How often do I need to renew my CDL license?
Your CDL license renewal period depends on your age and are as follows:

  • If you are under 70, you need to renew your CDL license every five years.
  • If you are over 70, you need to renew your commercial driving license every two years.

Please note that CDL licenses expired for more than one year cannot be renewed. If you fail to renew on time, you will need to go through all written drivers exams, a road test and obtain a commercial driver’s permit beforehand.

To renew a CDL license, you need to apply in person at a DMV Cranston office, which will usually send out a reminder.Upon applying, you will immediately be issued a temporary CDL license valid for 60 days, and the actual license will be mailed to you.

How soon can I renew my driver’s license?
Expired drivers license renewal depends on your age and on the type of license you want to renew.

  • Regular drivers license for citizens under 75 needs to be renewed each five years
  • Regular drivers license for citizens aged 75 or over needs to be renewed each two years
  • CDL Licenses that have been expired for more than one year cannot be renewed forthrightly. The applicants will need to go through thewritten knowledge tests, road tests andinitial commercial drivers permit.

More information: How to Renew a Driver s License in Rhode Island

If a family member dies and leaves his or her car to me, how do I switch over the title?
Transferring car title in Rhode Island for family members depends on the relation you have with the old car title owner. Various rules apply to various relatives, including:

  • Surviving spouses:
    • Complete and sign the Application for Title/TR-2/TR-9
    • Tax exemption certificate
    • No fee is required
    • For vehicles made 2001 or newer, a car title in the name of the deceased person
    • For vehicles made 2001 or newer with a loan/lien, the original car title
    • Permission letter from the bank to remove or add the new owner
    • Car registration in the name of the deceased person
    • Original death certificate
    • Current mileage reading
  • Other family members fall under four categories:
    • Death with appointment as administrator or executor
    • Next of kin or adult children: no surviving spouse and no executor
    • Parents of the deceased: no surviving spouse or executor
    • No survivors and no executor

A title transfer for all four categories will need to have the following submitted to DMV Cranston:

Fees may vary so you are encouraged to locate a DMV and check the most recent applicable fees and procedures.

More information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Rhode Island

If I do not renew on time, will there be an additional fee?
Renewing a car registration late does not usually produce additional explicit renewal fees. Yet, as there is a large set of documents, which need to accompany your renewal application, it is very important that you make sure to apply for car registration renewal on time. Otherwise, you may need to bear serious costs for getting new supporting documentation, which has its own expiry dates, such as:

  • Car insurance
  • Drivers license or ID card
  • CDL endorsements

More information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Rhode Island

If I file a police report, will my replacement fee be waived?
As police reports for a stolen license are not mandatory there is no explicit rule which will guarantee that you will get your replacement fee waived. You might want to locate a DMV and get in touch directly to check the possibility for fee waiver as it is decided on a case-by-case basis and it can depend on the circumstances of your particular case.

More information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Rhode Island Driver’s License or ID Card

If I have been in an accident, what property damage do I have to report?
The insurance system in Rhode Island is a “tort system,” which means that if you are involved in a car accident, you are transferring all your responsibility to the car insurance company. For that reason, you should immediately get in touch with your licensed car insurance agent who will be able to advise you on the best further steps.

After a car accident, you should record as much information as possible about the other driver and the vehicle, obtain phone numbers of participants and witnesses and record the time, date, road and weather conditions, apparent damages and injuries. You may also choose to contact your insurance lawyer and remember any decisions or promises made.

For more information: Rhode Island Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

If I live outside of the state for half the year, am I still required to have car insurance?
Car coverage is a mandatory legal responsibility for vehicle owners in Rhode Island.

There are exemptions to this rule which refer to vehicles being out of use because of the following factors:

  • Seasonal use
  • Out of service
  • Active military
  • Sold or registered out of state

If you decide to drive your vehicle,getting car insurance is a must.Otherwise, you need to cancel your car registration and turn the license plates in a DMV office nearby.

For more information: Rhode Island Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

If I lost my traffic or parking ticket, how can I find the information again?
In case you have been negligent when paying traffic fines and you have failed to keep the ticket you can get information on your driving record in DMV Rhode Island Operator Control at the main office in Cranston. Operator Control deals with suspensions and can provide you with a certified copy of your driving record, if you visit them in person, and a non-certified record online. You can also contact the relevant city court or municipal authority to find the information again.

Contact information is usually available at the front of the summons for the ticket. You can search for the information online by:

  • Summons number
  • Case number
  • Party name
  • Business name
  • Drivers license number

More information: How to pay a traffic ticket in Rhode Island

If I’m out of state and lost my ID, how can I get a new one?
If you live abroad for work or study and cannot get back to the country, DMV can make life simpler for you and provide the service for getting an ID card via mail. There are three key steps you will need to take in order to get a duplicate ID card:

  1. Prepare a notarized duplicate-request affidavit
  2. Obtain a self-addressed stamped envelope
  3. Prepare a check or money order for $26.50 made payable to DMV

When you go through the procedure via mail, it is advisable that you call DMV beforehand and get proper instructions for steps and fees as those may vary.

The duplicate identification card will be mailed to you on your designated address.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Rhode Island Driver s License or ID Card

If my driver’s license was confiscated at the time of my DUI/DWI arrest, how do I get it back?
Driving under the influence is a serious offense, which can result in your driving license being confiscated and kept in the local law enforcement agency. The relevant court and the Medical Advisory Board at DMV Operator Control can rule to put you under several measures, which can, but may not be limited to the following requirements:

  • Fine payment
  • Alcohol awareness program
  • Driving course
  • Reinstatement procedure fees
  • Imprisonment

Getting your suspended license back will expect that you improve your driving record by successfully addressing these measures. You will then need to go ahead and reinstate revoked drivers license by applying at DMV offices.

More information: DUI/DWI Information for Rhode Island

Is there a different process I must follow if I lost personalized plates?
The state of Rhode Island offers many options for personalized or preferred license plates. There are three basic processes that need to be followed depending on the duplicate car registration that needs to be remade:

Make sure to check your preferred plate remake procedure at DMV locations as submission forms and locations often vary.

More information: How to Replace Vehicle Registration in Rhode Island

Is there a minimum age I have to be to get a commercial drivers license?
The application for a commercial drivers license entails that you are at least 21 years old.

If you wish to drive intrastate only, you may apply for CDL when you are 18 years old.

In both cases, you will first be issued a CDL instruction permit after you pass the written exam.

For more information: Rhode Island Commercial Driver s License Application

Is there an age limit to renew your license?
No, there is no age limit to renew your drivers license in Rhode Island.

More information: How to Renew a Driver s License in Rhode Island

Should I carry the registration on me or in the car?
It is strongly recommended to carry the car registration with you in the vehicle. Carrying proof of car registration with you will protect you when you need to be identified by relevant authorities and help you avoid unnecessary fines. You can also use the car registration as a proof of other facts that relate to the vehicle and its characteristics.

More information: How to Register a Vehicle in Rhode Island

What address will my replacement license be mailed to?
DMV will send the replacement license to the address you have stated on your application form.

If you have more than one address on the supporting documentation, and you have not updated all of them with an address change, it might be clever to confirm with DMV if they have the correct address where you want to get your drivers license copy.

More information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Rhode Island Driver’s License or ID Card

What are requirements for seniors to renew a driving license?
Senior citizens of Rhode Island can renew drivers license online or in person at DMV locations.

Elders over 75 need to renew their driving license every second year. To do so, they need to:

  • Hold the current driving license.
  • Fill in the drivers license application.
  • Pay applicable prorated fee.
  • Bring acceptable documents.
  • Provide identification evidence.

The Application for License, Identification Card and Permit contains detailed lists of valid documents for drivers license renewal.

For more information: How to Renew Driver s License in Rhode Island

What are some reasons that may require me to transfer my car title?
Some of the most common reasons that may take you to engage into transfer of title include:

  • Purchasing a car
  • Inheritance from a family member
  • Gift or donation of vehicle
  • Moving into the state

If you want to know more on how to proceed with each one of these situations locate a DMV office in Rhode Island and ask for relevant information.

More information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Rhode Island

What are some violations that may constitute in a suspended license?
Suspended drivers license is a result of serious driving violations not only in the state of Rhode Island, but on a federal level too, and the consequences may be harsh not only to your driving record. Here are some examples of illegal behavior that are considered to be reasons for license suspension:

  • Operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI)
  • Refusing to submit to a chemical test
  • Reckless driving
  • Manslaughter from the operation of a motor vehicle or operating so as to endanger resulting in death
  • Moving violations within a one-year period
  • Driving without insurance

More information: Suspended License Information for Rhode Island

What are the age restrictions to ride a motorcycle?
As the crucial prerequisite for getting a motorcycle license is Rhode Island is ownership of a drivers license, you must be at least 16.5 years old to ride a motorcycle.

This restriction takes into account the sixmonths driving experience necessary to proceed from a learners permit to a provisional drivers license.

Make sure that if you are under the age of 18, you complete and submit the Minor Release Agreement Form, which will enable you to enroll into the motorcycle classes as minor.

For more information: Rhode Island Motorcycle Drivers

What are the available commercial license endorsements?
Endorsements to obtain a commercial drivers license depend on the type of CDL license you will be applying for (CDL class A, CDL class B and CDL class C) and all require examinations. School bus drivers are also required to take specific skills test.

Below is a list of all available CDL endorsements:

  • CDL H endorsements (for hazardous materials)
  • CDL P endorsements (for passengers)
  • CDL S endorsements (for school buses)
  • CDL N endorsements (for tank vehicles)
  • CDL X endorsements (for hazmat/tank vehicle combination)
  • CDL T endorsements (for double/triple trailers)

You are advised to check for more on CDL endorsements in the Commercial Driver s License Manual of Rhode Island.

For more information: Rhode Island Commercial Driver s License Application

What are the consequences of driving with a suspended license?
The disregard of a drivers license suspension constitutes further individual law violation. Drivers who fail to comply with this law enforcement can face:

  • Increase in the length of the suspension.
  • Imprisonment for up to five years.
  • Higher fines.
  • Additional learning or improvement programs.
  • Full license revocation for CDL licenses.

Each offender will face a legal measure, which will be decided by the court of jurisdiction depending on the initial reasons and length of the suspension, on the opinion of the Medical Advisory Board and on the previous driving record.

More information: Suspended License Information for Rhode Island

What are the different types of driving records?
When you check police records in Rhode Island to get data about the status of someone’s driving license, you can get several types of driving reports depending on the format, the type of license and the inquiry package, including:

  • Certified copy for official use
  • Non-certified copy with limited use
  • CDL copy with medical data included
  • Multiple driving record history usually needed for businesses

The DMV in Cranston is the only office authorized for issuing driving records. You can contact them for more information about the actual type of record you need.

More information: Your Rhode Island Driving Record

What are the fees associated with an ID card?
Fees that will be charged when DMV provides its service to you will depend on the type of update you wish to do on your identification card and on your age. The set fees are as follows:

  • First issuance of ID card: $26.50
  • DuplicateID card: $26.50
  • Renew expired ID card: $26.50
  • Update ID card: $6.50

There is an age exemption of all costs for citizens aged 59 or more.

As fees may vary due to state surcharges, it is advisable that you locate a DMV and check the most recent fee in advance. A handy option at DMV locations is credit card payment option.

For more information: How to apply for a Rhode Island Identification Card

What are the fees for a duplicate drivers license?
Each drivers license replacement irrespective of the cause will be charged with a $26.50 fee.The cost is same for a regular operator and for a CDL license. Note that drivers permit duplicate fee is $21.50.

It is always a good idea to check recent fees with DMV as those are subject to change. Please also take into account credit card transactions fees.

More information: How to Replace a Commercial Driver s License in Rhode Island

What are the learners permit restrictions during my first year?
Supervision by a holder of a fulldrivers license is required when you obtain thedriving permit. The experienced driver must be:

  • At least 21 years old.
  • In possession of a drivers license for a minimum of 5 years.
  • Sitting beside you at all times to assist in emergency cases.

The adult driver who is supervising you while you keep your learners permit is responsible for any traffic violations you may commit during the first year.

For more information: Learner s Permit for Beginner Drivers in Rhode Island

What are the medical certifications required to obtain a CDL?
In order to obtain a commercial driving license, drivers need to show special physical qualifications and have a strong medical record. Failure to provide the required certificates will prevent you from being issued a CDL license. There are two types of medical requirements, which are both necessary for CDL application:

  • Medical examiner s certificate
  • Self-certificate

Unless exempted (when driving government vehicles in official capacity), you must present a medical examiner s certificate issued by a licensed examiner to DMV within 15 days of issuance. A list of examiners certified when you apply for a CDL can be found here.

You must also self-certify that you can drive under the following four categories:

  • Interstate commerce excepted CDL license holder
  • Interstate commerce non-excepted CDL license holder
  • Intrastate commerce excepted CDL license holder
  • Intrastate commerce non-excepted CDL license holder

Interstate and Intrastate non-excepted CDL license holders will be required to present a current valid medical card to get a commercial learner’s permit (CLP).

For more information: Rhode Island Commercial Driver s License Application

What are the most common reasons why I would need to replace my registration?
As drivers act in similar ways across the country,car registration replacement is usually done forthe same reasons as for other vehicle or personal documents. Most common reasons for replacement are:

  • Stolen registration
  • Lost registration
  • Damaged registration
  • Update or correction of the registration

More information: How to Replace Vehicle Registration in Rhode Island


What are the penalties for getting a traffic ticket with a driver’s permit?
Drivers who own a learners permit can be evaluated more strictly, apart from being put under similar traffic fines as for holders of a regular drivers license.Beginner drivers need to be more careful and withhold of executing violations in the trial period.

Traffic violations may be the cause of extension of their learners permit period and they will not be able to get their full operator drivers license. Age-related law restrictions may apply and parent involvement may be crucial.

More information: Get a Rhode Island Traffic Ticket Lawyer to Fight Your Ticket

What are the penalties of being convicted of driving under the influence?
DWI can result in very strict fines. Whoever is driving under the influence in Rhode Island can be considered guilty ofan offense, misdemeanor or felony, depending on the severity of the unlawful behavior and can be subject to the following penalties:

  • Fines
  • Imprisonment
  • Vehicle confiscation
  • Community service
  • License suspension or confiscation
  • Additional drivers training
  • Alcohol awareness program

More information: DUI/DWI Information for Rhode Island

What are the reinstatement fees I will have to pay for a suspended license?
Suspended drivers license reinstatement produces strict fines that depend on the type of the suspension measure pronounced by the court of jurisdiction. Below are the fees that need to be paid in terms of reinstatement:

  • Alcohol education: $350
  • Colin Foote: $850
  • Defensive Driving: $165
  • Ignition Interlock Device: $101.50
  • Insurance Verification Reinstatement: $251.50
  • License Reinstatement: $151.50
  • License Reinstatement and Refusals (DUI): $351.50
  • Licensed Driver Record (in person or by mail): $17.50

Make sure to contact DMV Operator Control who are responsible for all current fee information regarding your license reinstatement, as each case is individual and is dealt with distinctively.

More information: How To: Handle Suspensions, Points and Other Problems in Rhode Island

What are the required fees for my vehicle registration?
When you register a new car you will be asked to pay certain fees, which depend on the type of the vehicle. The basic car registration fee does not involve plate costs or the $1.50 service charge, so make sure to have that in mind when you apply for car registration.

Fees based on vehicle weight are calculated as per the Amount of Registration and Fees Chart.

Special plates such as farm plates, vanity plates, veteran plates, antique plates, firefighter plates, electric hybrid or special design charity plates cost separately. Therefore, to obtain one, it is best to check the cost and the procedure beforehand at DMV locations.

  • Commercial vehicles: Based on vehicle weight
  • Motorcycles: Prorated by date
  • Passenger vehicles: Based on vehicle weight and prorated by date
  • Trailers (3000 lbs. or less): $7.50 per year
  • Trailers (over 3000 lbs.): Based on vehicle weight and prorated by date
  • Plate Change (one plate): $21.50
  • Plate Change (two way): $41.50

More information: How to Register a Vehicle in Rhode Island

What are the required fees to get replacement registration?
When you replace car registration you need to take into account both registration form and plates cost:

  • Registration document fee: $18.50
  • One-way plate change fee: $21.50
  • Two way plate change fee: $41.50
  • Special plates fee: $31.50

Each special design is charged separately and it may require specific registration application. Some charity license plates may be free of charge.

To get a special plate, you may double-check the recent fees at DMV locations as they are often subject to change.

More information: How to Replace Vehicle Registration in Rhode Island

What are the required fees to renew my registration?
Renewal fees for you car registration depend on the type of vehicle you are driving and always include a service charge. Rhode Island DMV issues a car registration renewal chart that gives the costs related to vehicle weight. Vanity plates renewal carries additional costs.

Here is the classification that can help you determine the relevant fee for your vehicle registration:

  • Commercial vehicles renewal is based on vehicle weight and is valid for one year.
  • Passenger vehicles and motorcycle renewal is based on vehicle weight and is valid for two years.
  • Commercial and passenger vanity renewals cost additional $120 and are each valid for one and two years accordingly.

The service charge is additional $1.50 and plates may also cost extra. The best two options to calculate the exact fees based on weight are available in the Amount of Registration and Miscellaneous Fees form or in person at DMV locations.

More information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Rhode Island

What are the requirements to operate a three-wheel motorcycle?
Definitions and standards for three-wheel motorcycles may highly vary and can depend on the class and the power of the vehicle.

Therefore, the best option is to locate a DMV and check the specific requirements for the motorcycle endorsement you need to get. Further steps you need to undertake will depend on the classification of the motorcycle.

For more information: Rhode Island Motorcycle Drivers

What are the suspensions eligible for a hardship license?
Drivers license suspension which has resulted in hardship license will have significant impact on the driving record and will require solid effort and fees on the part of the offender.

There are two types of drivers license suspensions for a hardship license in Rhode Island, which consist of a list of documents that need to be prepared for successful implementation. Each suspension is explained in detail in the Hardship License and Ignition Interlock Instructions form, which is created by Rhode Island DMV Operator Control.

More information: Suspended License Information for Rhode Island

What do I need to do to get my driver’s license if I fail the driving test?
If it happens that you do not pass the driving test on your first attempt, it is necessary that you get in touch with your DMV office in person or via telephone to schedule another one.

At least 30 days will need to pass before you are allowed to take the written drivers test for a second time. If a second appointment is not available before thedriving permit expiry date, you may need to take the test again.

You may want to check Rhode Island Drivers Manual for more specifics to effectively take the drivers license test.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver s License in Rhode Island

What documents do I need to get a learner’s permit?
The Rhode Island DMV requires original documents to be attached to your learners permit application. Fees may vary and depend on the type of permit:

  • Limited instruction permit fee: $11.50
  • Instruction permit fee: $6.50

Drivers permit application needs to go along with your birth certificate or another ID proof, a social security card, a vision test and a proof of residency. In case your last name differs from that of your parent or guardian, the application must also be notarized. Non-resident drivers under 18 need to pass a knowledge exam test.

For more information: Learner s Permit for Beginner Drivers in Rhode Island

What documents do I need to get a motorcycle license?
Getting a motorcycle driving license in Rhode Island will take you through two sub-stages: the first one presumes that you get a temporary motorcycle permit, and the second one takes you to a full motorcycle license. Below is a list of the documents you will need to have prepared for each sub-stage:

  • Motorcycle permit:
  • Application form (Ll-1)
  • Certificate of completion from the RI Motorcycle Safety Course obtained at CCRI
    • Current valid RI license
  • Motorcycle license:
  • Application form (LI-1)
  • Current license and motorcycle permit valid for at least 30 days

The motorcycle license fee is $26.50. If you do not hold a valid Rhode Islanddrivers license you can check the things you need to do to get one here.

If you need to travel out of state the DMV will issue a motorcycle endorsement statement marked as H restriction.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Rhode Island

What documents do I need to get my drivers license?
To apply for a new driving license in Rhode Island, you will need to provide original documents. Copies are not accepted. Here is what you will need to do toapply for drivers license successfully:

  • Pass vision, written, and road tests
  • Get 33-hours drivers ed
  • Provide proof of Rhode Island residency and identification
  • Pay the applicable fees

Beginner drivers need to be at least 16 years old and must have authorization from their parents or legal guardians. If you have never obtained a limited instruction learners permit and you are directly applying for an instruction permit, drivers ed is not required.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver s License in Rhode Island

What documents do I need to present for proof of residency?
The acceptable documents, which can serve as a proof of residency when you go through official address change, are strictly listed in the Rhode Island Application for License, Identification Card and Permit/Ll-1.

When address changing with the DMV, drivers must be able to show proof of RI residency. Acceptable forms of proof include, but are not limited to:

  • Valid Voter Registration Card
  • Utility bill
  • Personal check or bank statement
  • Payroll check stub
  • Insurance policy for your home
  • Property tax bill for your residence
  • School records for minors

More information: How to Handle Change of Address in Rhode Island

What documents do I need to present if I am a non-U.S. citizen changing address?
Non-United States citizens should follow the same procedure as a US citizen to prove RI residency when changing address on DMV drivers license. Depending on the applicant s status, the list of acceptable documents include:

For more information: How to Handle a CHange of Address in Rhode Island

What documents do I need to present to get a replacement car registration?
In the misfortune of having your registration stolen, lost, or damaged, you will immediately need to get a new one. Replacing car registration in Rhode Island stipulates that you present the following documents:

More information: How to Replace Vehicle Registration in Rhode Island

What documents do I need to present to get new registration?
Registering a car can be a cumbersome process, which requires for the applicant to prepare thoroughly. There is a slight difference in the supporting documentation for a car purchased from a dealer and for a car purchased from a private party. Below are the requirements for each of the new car registration procedures:

  • Car purchased from a dealer:
    • Application for Registration and Title Certificate/TR-1
    • Valid insurance
    • Dealer sales tax form
    • Bill of sale
    • Gross vehicle weight
    • Drivers license or identification card
    • Use tax form for out-of-state dealers
    • Power of attorney for leased vehicles
    • Presence of two parties, or presence of one and notarized signature of the other
    • Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin (MSO) or Title
    • VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) check for vehicles 2001 or newer
    • Sales tax payment
    • Registration fee based on vehicle weight
  • Car purchased from private party:
    • Application for Registration and Title Certificate/TR-1
    • Valid insurance
    • Dealer sales tax form
    • Car title for vehicles 2001 or newer
    • Signature of the seller at the back of the car title for vehicles 2001 or newer
    • Bill of sale
    • Gross vehicle weight
    • Drivers license or identification card
    • Proof of previous owner for non-titled vehicles
    • Gift letter (notarized if the gift is from a non-immediate family member)
    • Presence of two parties, or presence of one and notarized signature of the other
    • VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) check for vehicles 2001 or newer
    • Sales tax payment
    • Registration fee based on vehicle weight

Trailers need to be registered too, regardless of whether they are homemade or purchased. Here is a list of documents needed to complete trailer registration:

  • Purchased trailer:
    • Bill of sale
    • Proof of previous ownership
    • Application for Registration and Title Certificate/TR-1
    • Use Tax form
    • Proof of insurance for the vehicle pulling the trailer
    • Prorated fee based on vehicle weight and service charge
    • Car title for trailers made after 2001 or newer with a carrying capacity of 3,001 and greater
    • Tax exempt form and proof of paid tax if purchased from a dealer
    • Information regarding the length and GVW of the trailer
  • Homemade trailer:
    • Tax exempt form and proof of paid tax if purchased from a dealer
    • Information regarding the length and GVW of the trailer
    • Application for Registration and Title Certificate/TR-1
    • Use Tax form
    • Proof of insurance for the vehicle pulling the trailer
    • Prorated fee based on vehicle weight and service charge
  • Purchased homemade trailer:
    • Bill of Sale
    • Proof of the previous ownership
    • Application for Registration and Title Certificate/TR-1
    • Use Tax form
    • Proof of insurance for the vehicle pulling the trailer
    • Prorated fee based on vehicle weight and service charge

More information: How to Register a Vehicle in Rhode Island

What documents do I need to present to renew my car registration?
If you have been through a first registration, chances are you will remember some of the steps on how to renew car registration as there are many similarities between the two procedures. Follow the renewal checklist below to collect adequate documents:

If you have not received the renewal notice from DMV you may only exclude it from the list.

More information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Rhode Island

What documents do I need to present to renew my drivers license?
To renew a drivers licensein Rhode Island the following documents must be provided depending on the type of drivers license you are renewing:

Note that it is very important to renew driving license on time as this precaution releases you of the obligation to retake tests.

More information: How to Renew a Driver s License in Rhode Island

What documents do I need to transfer my car title?
If you want to know how to transfer car title and what documents you will need to provide in support make sure that you first learn if the vehicle has been manufactured before or after 2000.

As the documents and fees that need to be submitted with the application also vary due to the origin of the title transfer, it is best if you check the document list at DMV offices. Moreover, Rhode Island DMV is a form-friendly office and issues many prearranged forms and will be able to provide optimal advice on the transfer of interest.

More information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Rhode Island

What documents will I need to present to replace my drivers license?
Drivers license replacement in Rhode Island presumes that you prepare the following pack of documents:

  • Damaged drivers license
  • Rhode Island Application for License, Identification Card and Permit/Ll-1
  • Proof of identity:
    • Valid US/US territory or Canadian driver’s license
    • Original or certified birth certificate with government seal
    • Valid US or foreign passport
    • US naturalization certificate
    • INS form I-94 (document showing entry into US)
    • INS form I-688 (temporary resident ID card)
    • INS form I-688B, I-766 (employment authorization card)
    • Military ID card
    • Government issued marriage certificate/License required to prove name change from primary identity document
  • Signature document, which can be:
    • Valid US/US territory or Canadian driver’s license
    • Valid US or foreign passport
    • Original Social Security Card
    • Work or school ID
    • Military ID Card

More information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Rhode Island Driver’s License or ID Card

What exams do I need to pass to get a motorcycle license?
After finishing themotorcycle safety course designed by the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) as mandatory driving ed, motorcycle license students need to pass:

  • A written exam at the second lecture.
  • A riding skills test at the second driving range session.

If it happens that you fail the written knowledge exam, you will need to reschedule it with CCRI for a later available date. If you do not succeed at the riding skills test, you may need to enroll in the complete safety program again.

To avoid this, the ridingcoach who will be appointed to you when you take the motorcycle coursewill be of best help when you prepare for the test. He or she will alsotrackand advise you on your individual progress. Additional resource beneficial for preparation is the Rhode Island Driver s Manual. Practice tests are a great place to start.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Rhode Island

What happens if I get traffic ticket fines and I have a CDL?
Holding the responsibility of a CDL license puts you in a more serious position when you get traffic fines.Continuous violations of traffic laws may result in getting your commercial drivers license downgraded, suspended or revoked.

If you make new traffic offenses, your CDL license will be revoked for good and you will not be able to drive commercially.

More information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Rhode Island

What happens to my commercial driver license if I am convicted of a DUI?
DUI is a very serious offence in Rhode Island and will have significant consequences on your driving record. If you are convicted of DWI, your drivers license can be suspended or revoked. The length and the type of the CDL license suspension depend on the gravity of the violation. Restrictions for alcohol consumption in RI are a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.04 percent.

If you intend to continue using a commercial drivers license, you will need to follow all the required steps toreinstate your suspended license.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Rhode Island

What information does a driving record contain?
When checking driving record in Rhode Island, the Drivers Privacy Protection Act applies. The act is identical on federal level and it stipulates the police record information that can be acquired through DMV, which includes:

  • Traffic accidents
  • Traffic violations
  • Drivers license status
  • Medical self-certification data, effective dates and examiner information (for CDL)

More information: Your Rhode Island Driving Record

What is an ID card?
An ID card is an official state document which does not carry the legal power of a drivers license intended to prove driving skills, but may principally serve as proof of:

  • Age.
  • Residence.
  • Identity.

In the above sense, a driving license and an ID cards can be considered equivalent. Nonetheless, certain tests and steps are not necessary to be taken for the ID cards. The procedure and the documentation is less burdensome.

For more information: How to apply for a Rhode Island Identification Card

What is considered the legal alcohol limit?
What is the cost of a DUI?
Costs for DUI can involve not only the basic fine, but also costs for drivers license reinstatement, and driving training programs, as well as other ordered measures.

Fines that can be ordered by the court in Rhode Island for DWI can vary between $100 and $5,000 and depend on the following factors:

  • Offense repetition
  • Offense consequences
  • Blood alcohol level

Costs are higher for more severe and frequent offenders. Contacting a DUI lawyer is advisable if you intend to dispute your case.

More information: DUI/DWI Information for Rhode Island

What is the cost of a traffic ticket?
Traffic tickets and violations costs in Rhode Island vary depending on the type of infraction you committed. Some traffic ticket fines can be as low as $75, however, the additional expenses can add up to hundreds, even thousands of dollars for very serious traffic offenses.

Get in touch with DMV locations to check the current updated fees for specific ruled measures.

More information: Get a Rhode Island Traffic Ticket Lawyer to Fight Your Ticket

What is the cost to get a driver record?
An online driving report or a driving report obtained in person is charged with a $19.50 fee.

As fees may vary, you may want to check the most recent fee at DMV Cranston in advance.

More information: Your Rhode Island Driving Record

What is the DUI penalty for a CDL driver?
If you drive a commercial vehicle and hold a commercial drivers license (CDL) driving while intoxicated can be a grave hit to your driving record. The blood alcohol limits in Rhode Island are set as low as 0.02 percent.

On top of all ordered actions that refer to regular operator license, you will be denied a commercial driving license if you were convicted of DUI within the last five years of applying for such a license.Repetitive violations will result in permanent CDL license revocation.

More information: DUI/DWI Information for Rhode Island

What is the DUI penalty for a minor?
The law observes minors more carefully for DUI because they are beginner drivers and are susceptible to more traffic violations. DUI penalties for minors under the age of 18 are as follows:

  • For first DUI violation:
    • 10 to 60 hours of public community restitution service
    • Drivers license suspension for a period from 6 to 18 months
  • For subsequent DUI violation:
    • Drivers license suspension until the age of 21
    • One year of additional training
    • Fine of maximum $500

Parental guidance and involvement may be necessary.

More information: DUI/DWI Information for Rhode Island

What is the minimum liability insurance coverage?
Minimum requirements for car insurance in Rhode Island are as follows:

  • Bodily injury: $25,000 per person or $50,000 per accident
  • Property damage liability: $25,000
  • Uninsured/underinsured motorist: $25,000 or $50,000 per accident

Certain deductibles on these requirements are available if you also obtain additional comprehensive or collision coverage.

For more information: Rhode Island Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

What is the passing score for a written test?
Rhode Island drivers test consists of 25 questions. In order to get over a passing score, you must correctly answer 80 percent of the questions, or 20 out of 25 of the drivers examquestions.

For more information: DMV Practice Tests Get Your Permit the First Time

What is the process to get a title for a scooter or motorcycle?
It is an official requirement in Rhode Island to register all motorcycles and scooters. Therefore, when you want to transfer title you will need to pay attention to follow the usual preconditions stipulated for motor vehicles.

For additional information on relevant state requirements for transferring car title on motorbikes you may want to get in touch with the Enforcement Section of DMV located in the main office in Cranston.

More information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Rhode Island

What languages is the written test available in?
Besides English, the list of additional languages available to pass the written drivers test can be obtained upon request from the DMV office where you apply to take it.

You may want to locate a DMV to check if the chosen language is made available for you.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver s License in Rhode Island

What must I do to reinstate my driver’s license as a result of a DUI/DWI?
DUI citations in Rhode Island are executed in cooperation between the court of jurisdiction, the Medical Advisory Board and DMV Operator Control in Rhode Island.

Court orders depend on the severity of the offense you have done, on blood alcohol level, on the type of license and on your previous driving record. To reinstate a suspended drivers license, you will need to:

  1. Pay the ordered fine.
  2. Manage the Alcohol Support Form.
  3. Go through a driving course.
  4. Take an alcohol awareness program.
  5. Attend community service.
  6. Pay license reinstatement fee.

More information: DUI/DWI Information for Rhode Island

What penalties will I face if I do not change my address with the DMV?
Residents who neglect to apply for an address change request with the RI DMV are subject to missing out on vehicle registration and drivers license renewal notices. RI law requires you to update address information within 10 days of moving.

More information: How to Handle Change of Address in Rhode Island

What penalties will I face if I do not renew my expired drivers license?
Applicants who fail to renew their regular driving license for more than five years need to follow the same procedure as applying for a new drivers license.

Applicants who fail to renew driving licensefor commercial purposeswill need to go through written knowledge tests and road tests again.

Pay attention to the fact that taking tests makes the procedure much more complicated as it could require new medical certificates and specific procedures for CDL endorsements.

What proof of insurance can I provide when registering my car?
When you register a car in Rhode Island, you should provide valid Rhode Island car insurance as a proof that you are in line with the legal requirements. The actual format depends on thecar insurance company that issues it. Please note that valid car insurance in Rhode Island must be from the list of insurers authorized by the Department of Business Regulation. Additionally, the vehicle insurance must be in line with the RIIVS requirements for VIN and insurance number equivalence

Always ask your car coverage company about specific characteristics of yourcar insurance. A solid insurer will be able to provide you with all necessary information.

More information: Rhode Island Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

What should I do if I have not received my registration tags or stickers?
Car registration renewal will normally provide you with new registration stickers.

If the mail delivery does not contain your stickers it is recommended that you get in touch with the DMV office where you have submitted the application and ask for the reason.

More information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Rhode Island

What should I do if I have not received my renewed license?
It is a usual practice undertaken by DMV to send a renewed driving license by mail.

If it happens they fail to do this, and it has been at least 45 days from the day you have applied, you can get in touch with them on the phone at 401-462-5862 to check what has happened and if the license is ready for you in Cranston.

The procedure for CDL is somewhat different as it assumes issuing of a temporary license valid for 60 days. Bear in mind this interval when you await the issuance of your expired drivers license for commercial purposes.

More information: How to Renew a Driver s License in Rhode Island

What test do I need to take for my learners permit?
New applicants who want to get their learning permit are required to take the written knowledge test. The written drivers test is computerized and contains 90 questions.

It can take up to 30 minutes to complete it in full and can be made available in other languages upon request.

A useful place to prepare for passing the drivers examis DMVs Drivers Manual. The fee required is $11.50.As fees may vary, before applying for the driving test, check with your closest DMV location office.

For more information: Learner s Permit for Beginner Drivers in Rhode Island

What tests do I have to take to obtain a CDL?
Drivers who wish to apply for a CDL license need to do so in the office in Cranston. Taking all necessary tests is lengthy and needs to be done sequentially.

Not each drivers test can be taken on the same day, so you are encouraged to plan your time accordingly. Fees may vary, so please check at DMV locations for an accurate updated fee.

There are three basic tests that are required to pass in order to get a commercial driving license. These tests include:

  • Electronic/manual knowledge tests
  • Road tests
  • Background checks for commercial drivers carrying hazardous materials endorsement on their CDL license

More details on times and schedules for taking the drivers test necessary for obtaining commercial drivers license are available in the Commercial Driver s License Manual of Rhode Island.

For more information: Rhode Island Commercial Driver s License Application

What tests will I need to take for my drivers license?
All applicants who wish to get drivers license will need to successfully pass each certain tests, which include:

  • Eye exam
  • Road test
  • Written drivers exam

You may study the Drivers Manual of Rhode Island in order to be well prepared for your driving test. It is also worthwhile to take some time to practice online before you go and take the computerized drivers test. The test is available at the DMV office in Cranston.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver s License in Rhode Island

What type of car insurance am I required to have?
Basic car coverage options in Rhode Island that you need to obtain to legally drive are as follows:

  • Bodily injury
  • Property damage liability
  • Uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage

Additionally, you may choose to include extra policy options such as, comprehensive coverage or collision coverage, which would provide greater protection for your vehicle and you.

For more information: Rhode Island Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

What type of noncommercial license will I need?
Rhode Island drivers license system is graduated in three categories:

  • Limited instruction permit
  • Limited provisional license
  • Full operator s license

If you are just starting to drive and are between 16 and 18, you are eligible to apply for the first grade of learners permit, which is a limited instruction permit.

The limited provisional license presumes that you successfully got at least six months of driving experience and that you stood away from traffic violations in that period.

When you turn 17, stage three of applying for drivers license will getyou the full operators driving license. You need to prove that you have held your limited provisional license for at least 12 months.

Rhode Island residents over 18 who have never got their driving permit need to apply for instruction permit.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver s License in Rhode Island

What will happen if I fail to get or keep car insurance?
Getting car insurance is a mandatory legal requirement in Rhode Island. If you fail to get or keep one you may:

  • Get your car registration revoked.
  • Get your drivers license suspended.
  • Become subject to 12 months monitoring.

For more information: Rhode Island Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

When can I reinstate my license after it has been suspended?
The revoked drivers license is usually reinstated after you receive your notice of reinstatement by the DMV. This assumes that the suspension period has passed and that all other enforced measures have come into effect. The offender would have passed acquitted education, community service and would have paid ruled fines.

If you do not get your notice of reinstatement and suspect that its communication is overdue, you can get in touch with DMV Operator Control and check the status of your driving record personally. Uncertified copies of your license status can be acquired online.

If the reason for license suspension has been DUI, the Medical Advisory Board of Rhode Island issues a mandatory Alcohol Support Documentation Form, which must be used in the reinstatement process.

More information: Suspended License Information for Rhode Island

When does my car registration expire?
Renewing a car registration is best done if it is some time before the expiry date. If you want to check the exact expiry date on your registration, take note of the registration usual period of validity:

  • Commercial registrations are valid for one year.
  • Passenger and motorcycle registrations are valid for two years.

Registration expiry date is usually noted on the registration and it is hence advisable to keep the registration document close to you.

More information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Rhode Island

When does my ID card expire?
The expiration date of your ID card is five years from the date of issuance.

To check for any exceptions that may be due to age or other restrictions you are advised to contact DMV at a convenient location and ask for the status of a Rhode Island expired ID card.

For more information: How to apply for a Rhode Island Identification Card

When must I change my address with the DMV?
By law, Rhode Island residents are required to notify the DMV of their address changing within 10 days. You must update address information on both your car registration and driver s license.

More information: How to Handle Change of Address in Rhode Island

When should I complete a Bill of Sale?
Bill of Sale is the mandatory document that needs to be completed whenever the transfer of title is done for the reasons of car purchasing and if it is done interstate.

Both parties of the sale need to sign it, and the further title transfer procedure is the responsibility of the buyer.

More information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Rhode Island

When will I need to renew my license?
Your license renewal date depends on your age and on the type of license you want to renew.

Each expired drivers license needs to be renewed after five years.

Senior citizens aged 75 or more need to renew driving license after two years.

CDL Licenses that have been expired for more than one year cannot be renewed forthrightly.

Applicants will need to go through written knowledge tests and road tests again. This slip will also take the applicants who want to renew drivers licenseto the initial step of obtaining commercial drivers permit.

More information: How to Renew a Driver s License in Rhode Island

When will I receive a replacement license after applying?
It is a common practice that a drivers license copy is sent to the applicant within 45 days from the day of application submission.

In case this period is overstepped, the Division of Motor Vehicles is available for telephone contact at 401-462-5862.

More information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Rhode Island Driver’s License or ID Card

Where can I check to see if my license is suspended?
Records for a revoked drivers license in Rhode Island are available at The Division of Motor Vehicles, Operator Control, which is located in the main headquarters in Cranston. You can ask for the information in two ways:

  • In person at the office located at:

Operator Control

600 New London Avenue Cranston

RI 02920-3024

Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

  • Online: you will need information about your last name, driver’s license number, current zip code and date of birth

More information: How To: Handle Suspensions, Points and Other Problems in Rhode Island

Where can I find a local tax county collector office?
The main two tax administration offices in which you will need to do business in terms of car registration replacement or submit tax forms that are related to DMV are in Cranston and in Providence:

  • Department of Administration
    Division of Taxation
    One Capitol Hill
    Providence RI 02908
  • Department of Administration
    Division of Taxation
    600 New London Avenue
    Cranston RI 02920

To check contact details and directions to sub-branches you can visit

State of Rhode Island Division of Taxation online point.

More information: How to Replace Vehicle Registration in Rhode Island

Where can I find more information about an ignition interlock device?
One activity that you may need to undertake if you get a DUI ticket in Rhode Island is putting an ignition interlock device on your vehicle.

DMV Rhode Island issues a Hardship License and Ignition Interlock Instructions form in which you can find more information. To apply for a hardship license, provide the following documents to a RI DMV office:

  • Proof of installation of an ignition interlock device
  • Proof of an SR-22 insurance policy (pink copy)
  • Court order from the relevant court or jurisdiction
  • $100 ignition interlock fee
  • $6.50 fee to add hardship/ interlock restriction
  • Payment of fee for DWI school if ordered by the court
  • Payment of reinstatement fees for license $351.50 and registration $251.50

Failure to respond to this measure may result in further suspension of your drivers license.

More information: DUI/DWI Information for Rhode Island

Where can I find my traffic or parking ticket information online?
When you want to pay traffic tickets online in Rhode Island you should go ahead and visit the official website of the Rhode island Traffic Tribunal, which has a well organized online system for information and payment.

The online system provides sufficient information on:

  • Dealing with your specific case.
  • Method of payment.
  • Researching for driving record information.
  • Information on your legal rights to appeal.

Alternatively, you can get in touch with the official city authority in the applicable municipality to check if they have established an online system for parking or traffic ticket fines.

More information: How to pay a traffic ticket in Rhode Island

Where can I get a new drivers license?
A learners permit or a new fully operational drivers license is obtainable in any Rhode Island DMV location. After you pass all obligatory tests, you need to visit the convenient DMV office in person to submit specified documents.

Drivers license application for a commercial driving license can be only obtained in the main DMV office in Cranston. Take care that all operations for a CDL license are done in the Cranston headquarters.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver s License in Rhode Island

Where can I obtain an ID card?
To get a new ID card you will need to go to an adjacent DMV office and submit the application in person.

Many services that Rhode Island DMV provides for its citizens are available online. At the moment, only drivers license can be renewed online.

To check future availability of the ID cardonline service you may wish to get in touch with your closest DMV office.

For more information: How to apply for a Rhode Island Identification Card

Which types of vehicles need to be insured?
All registered motor vehicles are subject to car insurance coverage in Rhode Island. As a result from the Insurance Verification System, all vehicles that have received an Insurance Notification Letter from the state authorities need to have matching car insurance and VIN numbers. This includes the following vehicles:

  • Cars
  • Trucks
  • Vans
  • Trailers
  • Motorbikes
  • Public transport vehicles
  • Mopeds and scooters that need to be registered

There is an exception to this rule, which pertains to vehicles not in use or service, seasonal vehicles, active military, or vehicles sold and registered out of state. It is always a good idea to speak to your insurance agent or to get in touch with the Department of Business Regulation of Rhode Island.

For more information: Rhode Island Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

Who can sign for my permit or license if I am under 18?
When you are getting your drivers permit in Rhode Island, persons who are permitted toaccompany you and sign the driving permit application may include:

  • Your parent
  • A legal guardian
  • A licensed foster parent
  • An adult spouse

The legal guardian and the foster parent need to identify and verify their legal status.

For more information: Learner s Permit for Beginner Drivers in Rhode Island

Why doesn’t a recent traffic ticket I received appear on my driving record?
When you have received a traffic ticket in Rhode Island, it might take some time for the driving record to be fully processed and for the ticket information to appear on the driving record.

On-field officers may need some time to get in touch with DMV offices and send all necessary information. Administrative and IT officials also need to process the police record internally and online. Thus it may on average take up to two weeks to process inquiries so that you can receive the most recent copy.

More information: Your Rhode Island Driving Record

Will I be required to take a vision test for a drivers license renewal?
Renewing drivers licensein Rhode Island requires that you take an eye exam. Eye exams may be done before the license expiration date if scheduled by your doctor.

If you intend to renew a regular operator drivers license, you will need to obtain the Rhode Island Eye Exam Card. Commercial drivers license will be renewed if you successfully fulfil strict vision criteria stated in the Rhode Island Medical Examination Report for Commercial Fitness Determination.

More information: How to Renew a Driver s License in Rhode Island

Will I get a drivers license renewal notice in the mail?
Drivers can expect to receive a reminder notice indicating the drivers license renewal date in the mail. This goes both for regular operator driver licenses and forcommercial driver s licenses.

Make sure to plan the time necessary for getting new accompanying documentation, especially for CDL licenses, as it may take longer to prepare everything that is required.

More information: How to Renew a Driver s License in Rhode Island

Will I have points against my driver’s license if I get a ticket?
The state of Rhode Island does not present a point-based system for the driving violations and for traffic ticket fines. In case you want to check the status of your drivers license or driving record you can visit DMV Operator Control on the first floor in Cranston and present your transaction number.

You can also look for the status online. For that you will need to provide the following information:

  • Last name
  • Drivers license number
  • Current zip code
  • Date of birth

More information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Rhode Island

Will I have to take an alcohol awareness class to reinstate my driver’s license?
Enrolling into an Alcohol awareness program is a legal requirement for DUI offenders in Rhode Island. The Medical Advisory Board under DMV Cranston is a body established to deal with drivers fitness in terms of toxic substances and other medical issues.

If you have been put under the awareness program, there is a ready-to-use Alcohol Support Form, which is mandatory for reinstating revoked drivers license.

More information: DUI/DWI Information for Rhode Island

Will I receive a renewal registration notice in the mail?
The usual practice done by DMV is sending a notice ahead to let you know when you need to renew expired car registration.

Still, it may happen that you do not receive your renewal notice. In such cases, you are free to get in touch with them yourself and submit the application for registration renewal, as driving with an expired license can have real consequences on your driving record.

More information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Rhode Island

Will my registration expire on my birthday or birth month?
When you renew car registration in Rhode Island, the expiry dates are usually stated on the registration card and are not birthday-related.

The Registration Renewal form is made in such way that it relates the expiry dates with the last date of the month. Pay attention to this fact when you think of determining registration expiry on the basis of its validity period. Registrations are valid for either one or two calendar years.

More information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Rhode Island