This Step: Get a Learner Permit
Get a Learner Permit in Rhode Island
All Rhode Island teens 16 to 18 years old must obtain a limited instruction permit in order to begin legally driving.
Teens 18 years old or older require an instruction permit.
A) Complete Drivers Ed
The first step requires completing a 33 1/2 hour drivers education class, directed by the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI). Drivers 18 years old and older are exempt from this requirement.
B) Ace a Few DMV Practice Permit Tests
Take as many practice permit tests as needed to prepare for the written test. The questions are similar to those found on the actual exam in both format and content. All questions are directly based on information covered in Rhode Island's Driver's Manual.
B) Gather Required Documents and Rhode Island Permit Fees
On the day of the written test, bring to the DMV office:
- A completed Application for Instructional Permit
- A drivers education certificate of completion, if necessary
- Proof of identity
- Proof of signature
- Proof of Rhode Island residency
- Social Security card (original copy)
- A parent or legal guardian, if necessary
- Payment for permit and test fees (cash or check)
C) Take the Written Permit Test
Visit your local DMV office. Tests are given on a first-come, first-serve basis. Either before or after the written test, you'll also be required to take a vision screening. Pass both and you'll leave with a limited instruction permit.
NOTE: Teens take the written test through the CCRI during drivers ed class.