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

It’s not easy to get your Rhode Island driver’s license. It seems simple enough, since we’ve been around cars and driving for most of our lives, but there’s a lot you need to know for the written exam and the on-road test. Our list of resources is meant to help you prepare for what you need to know, and make it that much easier to get your Rhode Island driver’s license.

Teen Permit Test

Although teens are the ones taking the permit test because they can’t get a Rhode Island driver’s license until they are 18, the Rhode Island permit practice test is really for anyone learning to drive for the first time. You need to get a permit first if you’ve never had a driver’s license before.

Renewing Driver’s License Test

If your Rhode Island driver’s license has been expired for over a year, then you will have to take the Rhode Island driver’s license renewal test. You don’t have to take the test if you renew your license before the expiration date. However, if it's over the one-year mark, you actually have to apply for a whole new Rhode Island driver's license.

New to State Driver’s License Test

New Rhode Island residents only need to take the Rhode Island new-to-state driver’s license test if the out-of-state license has been expired for over a year. Otherwise, you can get your new license without taking the test.

State Driving Manual / Handbook

There’s no way you are getting your Rhode Island driver’s license without the Rhode Island driving manual. This handbook covers everything you need to know for the written exam, so it’s important to read it at least one. Click the link to download the latest version.

Road Signs Practice Test

Road signs are a part of every step of the licensing process: the written exam, the on-road test, and even the vision test (they may ask you to identify signs as part of the test). Making a mistake could mean the difference between passing a failing. Use the Rhode Island road signs practice test to make sure you can get every road sign question right.

Rhode Island Driver’s License Blog Posts

We also have our daily driver blog that publishes posts about preparing for the test, safe driving, and current driving laws. Below are a few links we recommend reading so that you are not only prepared to take the driver’s license test, but also prepared to drive with your license in the state:

10 Tips for Your Behind-the-Wheel DMV Driving Test

Is Your Vehicle Ready for the DMV Road Test?

Are You Ready to Go to the DMV and Take the Written Driving Test?

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.