Rhode Island DMV Practice Tests

It may be the smallest state, but getting your Rhode Island driver's license isn't a small task. Practice tests like the Rhode Island teen permit test and the Rhode Island new-to-state driver's license test make the task easier. Take one today!

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Your Rhode Island DMV Handbooks

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Rhode Island Driver’s License Resources

Whether you’re getting ready to take your learner’s permit written test for the first time, studying to get a motorcycle endorsement so you can ride your new bike, or preparing for your CDL exam to drive a commercial vehicle, we’ve gathered a wealth of resources and knowledge to help you obtain your driving credentials.

All Drivers

If you’re renewing a license that has been expired for longer than a year, or if you’re applying for reinstatement after a suspension, you may have to retake the written exam in order to obtain your license.

Free Practice Tests

Driver's License practice tests
Learner's Permit practice tests
Motorcycle Endorsement practice tests
CDL practice tests
Road Signs and Signals practice tests

Resources for all drivers

Read the official Rhode Island driver’s manual
Check out our frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Buy a driver’s license test cheat sheet: basic or advanced
Buy a driver’s license renewal test cheat sheet: basic or advanced
Read our driving safety articles

Rhode Island DMV quick links for all drivers

Rhode Island DMV home page
Renewal information
Renew online
DMV locations
License and permit fees

New & Teen Drivers

In order to apply for a full operator’s license, you must be at least 17 years and six months years of age and have held a Limited Provisional License for at least 12 months. In order to apply for a Limited Provisional License, you must have held a Limited Instructional Permit for at least six months and pass a driving test. In order to apply for a Limited Instructional Permit, you must be between 16 and 18 years of age, provide proof of successful completion of Rhode Island’s CCRI driver education program, and pass the knowledge exam. If you are over the age of 18, you are not required to take the driver education course, but you must pass the knowledge exam.

Resources for new & teen drivers

Read the official Rhode Island driver’s manual
Take one of our free learner’s permit practice tests
Check out our new & teen driver frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Buy a learner’s permit test cheat sheet: basic or advanced
Buy a driver’s license test cheat sheet: basic or advanced
Check rates or buy car insurance

Rhode Island DMV quick links for new & teen drivers

Permit information
Road test information

New-to-State Drivers

New Rhode Island residents with a valid driver’s license from another state, you can apply to have your license transferred to a Rhode Island driver’s license. If your out-of-state license is not valid or has been expired for more than a year, however, you will be required to take the knowledge exam and the road test in order to get a license.

Resources for new-to-state drivers

Read the official Rhode Island driver’s manual
Take one of our free driver’s license practice tests
Check out our new-to-state frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Buy a new-to-state driver’s license test cheat sheet: basic or advanced
Check rates or buy car insurance

Rhode Island DMV quick links for new-to-state drivers

New resident information
Out-of-Country & US Territories drivers license transfers

Motorcycles

In order to apply for a motorcycle license in Rhode Island, you must have a valid Rhode Island driver license and have held a motorcycle permit for at least 30 days. To obtain a motorcycle permit, you must complete Rhode Island’s motorcycle safety course through the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI).

Resources for motorcyclists

Read the official Rhode Island motorcycle manual
Take one of our free motorcycle license practice tests
Check out our motorcycle license frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Buy a motorcycle license test cheat sheet: basic or advanced
New-to-state motorcycle insurance

Rhode Island DMV quick links for motorcycles

Motorcycle license information
Rider Education Program

CDL

You must have a valid Commercial Driver License (CDL) or Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP) to drive a commercial motor vehicle in Rhode Island. You must be at least 18 years of age and pass a skills test to be issued a CDL (21 for interstate driving). You must be at least 18 years of age, have a valid Rhode Island driver license for at least two years, and pass a knowledge exam to be issued a CLP.

Resources for CDL

Read the official Rhode Island CDL manual
Take one of our free CDL practice tests
Buy a CDL test paid cheat sheet: basic or advanced
Check rates or buy CDL insurance

Rhode Island DMV quick links for CDL

CDL information

Rhode Island DMV Driving Test Info

How many questions are on the written test?

There are 50 questions on the test.

How many questions must you get right?

You must answer at least 40 questions correctly in order to pass.

If you fail when can you retake the test?

You can retake the test again in 1 day.

How many times can you retake the test?

There is no limit on the number of times you can retake the written test.

Who has to take the written test? Teens of what ages?

Anyone who is getting their driver’s license for the first time must pass the written test. Teens can take the test if they are at least 16 years old and have held a provisional license for at least 12 months. If they’re under 18 years of age, they will also need parental consent.

Are you required to take the written test when renewing, and if so every time you renew or just sometimes? What are the conditions if just sometimes?

You do not have to retake the written test when you renew your license unless it has been expired for more than             1 year. Licenses that have been expired for over 1 year are not eligible to be renewed, and you must instead go through the process of applying for a new driver’s license.

If you’re new to state are you required to take the written test?

If you hold a valid driver’s license from another state, or a license that has not been expired for more than 1 year, then you are not required to take either part (written or on-road) of the driver’s examination.

Who has to take the behind the wheel / on-road driving test?

Anyone who is getting their driver’s license for the first time must pass both the written and driving tests. Additionally, you will also be required to re-pass both tests if your driver’s license has been expired for over 1 and you want to obtain a new one.

Rhode Island DMV Motorcycle Permit Test Info

How old must you be to take the written test?

The Rhode Island DMV does not administer a written test as a requirement for obtaining a motorcycle endorsement. Anyone who holds a valid Rhode Island driver’s license is eligible to receive an endorsement after they complete a motorcycle safety course administered by the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) and have held a motorcycle learner’s permit for a minimum of 30 days.

What are the permit restrictions for motorcycles?

You cannot drive on highways, drive during hours of darkness, or carry any passengers.

Do you need to take an on-road motorcycle driving test?

No, you are not required to pass a practical on-road motorcycle skill test in order to get your motorcycle license. Instead, all persons applying for a motorcycle endorsement to their license are required to complete a motorcycle safety course administered by the CCRI, which will involve hands on instruction in motorcycle operation, including on-road driving exercises.

Are there any other state specific age requirements or restrictions for motorcycles?

No.

What is the helmet law is this state?

Any operator or passenger of a motorcycle who is under 21, or who has held a motorcycle license for less than one year, is required to wear a protective helmet meeting state-approved safety standards at all times while operating or riding on the motorcycle.

Rhode Island Watercraft Written Safety Test Info

Is there such a test in the state?

Yes; boaters of a certain age in Rhode Island are required to have a boater education card and must complete a NASBLA approved boating education course. Boaters also have the option of taking an online safety course offered by sites such as Boat-Ed.com or BoatUS.org.

Who has to take the test?

All boaters born after January 1, 1986 must complete a certified boating safety course in order to operate a motorized boat with more than 10 HP on Rhode Island waterways. Additionally, all boaters regardless of age are required to have a boater education card in order to operate personal watercraft.

How many questions are on the test?

Rhode Island boating safety courses are administered by a variety of different organizations including Rhode Island Department of Environmental Mangement, the US Coast Guard Auxiliary and the US Power Squadron, and testing requirements may vary for each one. You can find a list of all approved safety courses online organized by county, which you may use to contact the instructor of a course near you for more specific information regarding testing requirements.

The online safety courses generally have 60 questions on the test.

How many must you get correct to pass?

You must answer at least 70% (42 questions) correctly on the online test in order to pass.