Driver Handbook in Rhode IslandPage Overview
This page includes links to the various Rhode Island driver manuals and handbooks you’ll need to obtain a driver’s license.
When you apply for a RI driver's license, you’ll need to prepare for the written test by studying the Rhode Island Driver’s Manual (also available in Spanish). You’ll learn about the following topics and more:
- Rules of the road.
- Traffic signs, signals, and road markings.
- Applying for a RI driver’s license.
- Safety laws.
- Safe driving habits.
- Handling emergency situations.
- Sharing the road with motorcycles, bicyclists, and pedestrians.
- The effects of alcohol on driving abilities.
- Getting stopped by law enforcement.
You can also take an online practice exam if you need to test your knowledge before taking the RI DMV test.
If you’re interested in getting your commercial driver’s license (CDL) in Rhode Island, you’ll need to study for the CDL written knowledge test. You can start by reading the RI Commercial Driver License Manual.
The manual covers a variety of subjects, including:
- Commercial driver’s license (CDL) applications requirements and fees.
- CDL classes and endorsements.
- Transporting hazardous materials.
- Transporting passengers and cargo.
- Basic vehicle control skills.
- Pre-trip vehicle inspections.
At the end of each section, the CDL manual provides a series of practice questions to test your knowledge prior to the actual RI DMV written exam. For additional preparation, try an online CDL practice exam.
NOTE: The Rhode Island DMV also offers an online School Bus Manual.
The Rhode Island DMV does not offer a motorcycle license manual. However, you can refer to the driver’s manual to learn about all the important rules of the road.
For more details about how to get licensed to operate a motorcycle in Rhode Island, please refer to our Motorcycle License page.
NOTE: You may also find it helpful to take an online Rhode Island motorcycle practice test to make sure you’re ready to take the RI DMV motorcycle exams.
The Rhode Island DMV also provides The Parent’s Supervised Driving Guide, to help you teach your teenager how to drive.
With this manual, you can take your teenager through each step of driving, from starting the engine to driving on a highway. It also includes a supervised driving log, which they will need to submit when applying for a RI driver’s license.
You can browse the Rhode Island Vehicle Code if you’re interested in the laws related to RI traffic violations, vehicle registration, driver’s licensing, and other related topics.Other Topics in This Section