Drivers Permits in Rhode IslandPage Overview
The Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) offers two kinds of drivers permits based on your age. If you're at least 16 years old but under 18 years old, apply for a Limited Instruction Permit; if you're over 18 years old, apply for a regular Instruction Permit. See the steps below to get yours.
If you're applying for a limited instruction permit, do the following to obtain your permit:
1. Complete the mandatory 33 hour and 30 minute Driver Education Program, administered by the Community College of Rhode Island.
2. Pass the written exam. You can study for this by downloading a copy of the Rhode Island Driver's Manual.
3. Complete the Application for License, Identification Card, and Permits (Form LI-1). Your parent or legal guardian should have their signature notarized on the application.
4. Bring the following to a DMV office:
- Certified birth certificate. DMV will not accept copies.
- Driver Education Certificate (given to you upon completion of your driving course)
- Valid Social Security card
- $11.50 to pay for the permit (includes a technology surcharge)
Note: If you have completed an out-of-state driving course, the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) must approve it. Otherwise, you'll have to take another course through CCRI.
If you're over 18 years old, and you've held off attempting to get a driver's license until now, or if you've let your driver's license expire for more than 5 years, you'll have to apply for an instruction permit. You won't have to take a driver education program, but you will have to do the following:
- Pass the written exam.
- Present a Social Security card.
- Provide proof of identity and residence .
- Pay the $6.50 instruction permit fee.
Limited instruction permits for those 16 to 18 years old are valid for 1 year after the date of issue or until you turn 18 years old, whichever comes first. You have to hold the permit for at least 6 months before you can take a road test for your driver's license.
If your permit expires before you take the road test, you'll have to go to the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) and obtain another driver education certificate from them (you do not have to retake the driver education program). Bring the certificate to a DMV branch to get a new permit.
You can schedule a road test once you get your permit. If your permit expires before you can pass the road test, you'll have to retake the written exam to get a new permit.
Rhode Island currently doesn't offer any practice tests for the written exam, so the best way to study is to carefully read a copy of the Rhode Island Driver's Manual. This manual has all the information the written test covers. If you need a driver's manual in another language, you can request one by calling a DMV branch.
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