Rhode Island Drivers License: New Driver’s Guide

Today you will learn what’s required to get a Rhode Island driver’s license.

To begin, a Rhode Island license is required for anyone wanting to legally drive on state roads and highways. The license application process doesn’t take long if you have the appropriate paperwork and time needed when visiting your local RI DMV.

The process in this article assumed you’re an adult applying for a new license. If you’re not an adult, see our learner’s permit and/or provisional licensing guides to your graduated licensing program.

Rhode Island Driver’s License: Step-by-Step

Are you over 18 years old and/or had a licensed expired more than 5 years? If so, you can apply for a new driver’s license by visiting a Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles, submit the appropriate paperwork, pass your tests, and pay the required fees.

You will get an instructional permit before applying for a new license:

  1. Submit the Application for License, Identification Card and Permits (LI-1)
  2. Provide proof of ID, SSN, and residency
  3. Pay a $6.50 application fee
  4. Pass the knowledge test

The knowledge test covers the road rules like identifying traffic signals and proper driving. Consider taking an online practice test to better understand the rules and increase your chances of passing.

Next, you’ll return to the DMV and complete the following:

  1. Pass the road test
    1. Fee: $26.50
  2. Pay for your driver’s license
    1. Fee: $38.50

The road test examines your ability to control the vehicle and adhere to signs and commands. You will provide your vehicle when conducting this test. Make sure you have RI auto insurance when doing it.

This process is the same if your license has expired beyond 5 years.

Congratulations, You’re a Licensed Rhode Island Driver!

Submitting these documents, taking these steps, and passing the tests will grant you a driver’s license in Rhode Island. Safe driving is a necessity but so is your everyday conduct. Breaking road rules and local/state laws can result in a suspended license. Or, a revoked license if you’re a habitual offender.

Keep note of your license expiration date as you’ll want to renew an RI license as it draws close. Failing to renew on time can result in loss of driving privileges.

The open roads of Rhode Island are now yours to explore. Enjoy yourself and happy travels!