Drivers and other residents may schedule a DMV appointment in Rhode Island whenever they need to visit a local DMV office in the state and perform a procedure for a certain service. In most cases, residents reserve appointments in order to avoid waiting in long lines at an office. Motorists may utilize the DMV appointment system that has been created by the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) of the Rhode Island Department of Revenue (RI DOR) to enable drivers to arrange a visit to a DMV office at their convenience.

Motorists also have the option to cancel or reschedule a DMV appointment in Rhode Island, in case they are unable to visit the DMV office on the scheduled date. For more information about how to book an appointment with the DMV, review the sections below.

Driving Test Appointments in Rhode Island

The option of scheduling a DMV driving test appointment in Rhode Island is available to motorists who want to avoid waiting in line at the department or being asked to come back another day. Drivers who want to take a road test may schedule the test online or in person at a local RI DMV office. The RI DMV has created an Online Road Test Scheduling system through which prospective drivers can self-schedule their driving skills tests. Motorists may use this system in order to schedule a DMV appointment prior to visiting the testing location.

Note: The DMV online appointment system also allows motorists to change their appointments to earlier ones when other drivers free up certain dates and times in the system.

Other Services Covered by the Rhode Island DMV Appointment System

The RI DMV also offers DMV Customer Reservations for motorists who want to schedule a DMV appointment for services other than the road skills test. However, these reservations are available only for the adjudication office, and drivers are required to utilize this DMV appointment system for any type of service that they have to perform at that office.

Note: The DMV Customer Reservations system does not require scheduling appointments for getting a driving abstract or reinstating a driver’s license after being suspended for failing to pay or appear.

How to Schedule a DMV Appointment in Rhode Island

Motorists may make an appointment DMV in Rhode Island in two ways, depending on the type of appointment they want. Primarily, drivers may schedule certain dates and times online, either from their computers or mobile phones. When scheduling a DMV driving test appointment through the Online Road Test Scheduling System, drivers need to do the following:

  • Visit the RI DOR website.
  • Provide the following information:
  • Have a printer in order to print the receipt.
  • Prepare a major credit card to pay the applicable service fee.

However, when scheduling a DMV online appointment for a service that can be handled at an adjudication office, motorists will have to perform a slightly different process. To make a DMV customer reservation, drivers need to visit the appropriate reservation portal on the RI DOR website and enter the portal by providing personal details, such as:

  • First and last name
  • Date of birth
  • Phone numbers
  • Email address
  • Location
  • Transaction type

Drivers will have to choose a date and time from a calendar of available reservations and they will also need to confirm that they understand the terms and conditions for using the portal.

What to Bring to Your Rhode Island DMV Appointment

After booking a Rhode Island DMV driving test appointment or one for some other service, motorists may need to provide certain documentation to the RI DMV. Note that the required documents may vary based on the type of DMV appointment system that drivers used for scheduling their visit. Below are listed the necessary documents, based on the type of appointment system.

If they used the online road test scheduling system, drivers will need to provide the following:

    • Original learner’s permit
    • Proof of valid car registration and valid RI insurance
    • Notarized letter authorizing another person to operate the motor vehicle when the registered owner is not present
    • Notarized and signed affidavit of 50 hours driving experience, for drivers younger than 18 years of age
    • Driver’s license of the supervising driver
    • Proof of lessee for leased vehicles
    • Completed application form
    • Notarized LI-1 form, for drivers younger than 18 years of age whose parent or guardian is not present

If they scheduled through a DMV customer reservation, drivers will need a copy of their reservation confirmation or a reservation number.

How to Cancel or Reschedule a DMV Appointment in Rhode Island

Motorists may choose to cancel or reschedule DMV appointment in Rhode Island, depending on the reason why they cannot appear at the scheduled appointment. To change the date and time of the appointment, drivers are encouraged to visit the reservation portal and alter the appointment details so that another customer may get the available spot. To reschedule or cancel an appointment DMV for a driving test, motorists may also use the online road test scheduling system at least 48 hours before the appointment in order to avoid paying additional fees.


Last updated on Thursday, October 4 2018.