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Find DMV Offices in Rhode Island

As you likely know, Rhode Island is the smallest state in the United States. However, despite this fact, it has plenty of DMV offices that you can visit. There are several ways that you can find a DMV office in Rhode Island. You can first check out this website in order to find a complete list of DMV locations in the state. Of course, you can also search for your county and see which DMV location is closest to you.

Driver’s Licenses for Youth Drivers

The DMVs of different states handle quite a few things differently. Youth drivers getting a driver’s license is usually one of these things. In the state of Rhode Island, you can get a limited instruction permit if you are at least 16 but younger than 18. You also have to finish the 33-hour driver’s education course, as well. In order to get a limited provisional license, you have to hold the instruction permit for a minimum of six months, pass a road test, and not get convicted of a traffic violation while you have your permit.

Also, you have to give the Rhode Island DMV an affidavit that states you have practiced driving for 50 hours with a licensed driver supervising you, and 10 of those practice hours must have been at night. Your parent or guardian also has to sign this affidavit before you give it to the DMV. You can get a full driver’s license, known as a full operator’s license in the state of Rhode Island, when you renew your provisional license on your eighteenth birthday.

Driver’s License Applications in Rhode Island

As in other states, you have to apply to obtain your driver’s license in Rhode Island. You have to pass both a knowledge test and a road test to get your driver’s license. Additionally, you do have to pay some fees in order to get your driver’s license in Rhode Island. It is worth mentioning that you have to schedule an appointment to take a road test in order to get your driver’s license. You can schedule your road test using the Rhode Island DMV’s Road Test Scheduler.

Renewing Your Driver’s License in Rhode Island

The process of renewing your driver’s license in Rhode Island is fairly straightforward. If you have a credit card, you can renew your driver’s license online in the state. However, you can also renew your driver’s license in person at a DMV location if you want. When visiting a DMV office for license renewal, you will have to bring your current driver’s license with you in addition to the Driver’s License/ID Card/Permit Application. You can renew your driver’s license for five years at most in Rhode Island.

Rhode Island and Out-of-State Driver’s Licenses

You have to get a full Rhode Island driver’s license within 30 days of moving to the state of Rhode Island and establishing your residency in the state. You will have to fill out the License/ID/Permit Application and sign it. Of course, you have to submit this application to the Rhode Island DMV. You should also know that your first driver’s license in Rhode Island is valid for two years if you moved to Rhode Island from another state.

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Sep 7, 2022