Violating Rhode Island driving and traffic laws can result in fines, suspension of your driving privileges, and even imprisonment. The Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) does not use a point system to track violations and their corresponding penalties.

MOVING VIOLATIONS AND PENALTIES

Although Rhode Island does not follow a point system, fines and suspensions are imposed on violators, and drivers get labels instead of points.

Violations such as voluntary or involuntary vehicular manslaughter, failure to stop in case of an accident that causes injury or death, and drunken driving, can lead to revocation of your license for any period between 1 and 3 years. Other reasons why you may have your license suspended include the following:

  • You refuse a breathalyzer test (alcohol test).
  • After a breathalyzer test, unacceptable blood alcohol content is found.
  • Evading a marked police car.
  • Carrying a controlled or banned substance.

Penalties can include fines, community service, jail term, and license revocation. Some of the penalties for being under 21 and intoxicated while driving can be found at the end of Driver’s Manual.

HOW TO CLEAR YOUR DRIVING RECORD

Suspension and procedure for reinstatement varies from case to case and are handled separately. A license reinstatement fee is $76.50 and this does not include any other fees, tickets, fines or assessments you may owe.
The Rhode Island DMV maintains driving records, a copy of which can be obtained for a fee of $18.00 either through the online service or by mail or in person at Operator Control:

The John O. Pastore Complex
Harrington Hall - Lowerl Level
30 Howard Avenue - Bldg. 58
Cranston, RI 02920
Tel.: (401) 462-0800
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 am - 3:15 pm

Get Directions or call (401) 462-0800

HOW TO DISPUTE A MOVING VIOLATION CHARGE

If you believe you have been incorrectly charged with committing a moving violation, you may be able to fight the charge in court. See Traffic Tickets and Traffic Ticket Attorneys for more information.
For more information about tickets and matters which are to be handled by the courts, contact:

Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal
670 New London Avenue
Cranston, RI 02920

(401) 275-2700

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Last updated on Thursday, March 14 2019.

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