Rhode Island DMV hours, appointments, locations, phone numbers, holidays, and services. Find the Rhode Island DMV office near me.
In Rhode Island, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is part of the Department of Revenue. The DMV is responsible for vehicle registration and titles, driver's licenses and identification cards, safety and emissions testing, road tests, and the issuance of license plates. DMV offices are located throughout the state. The services and hours of operation vary by location, so check with your local office before you visit.
The DMV no longer processes walk-in requests for new or transferred registrations. However, you can submit a renewal request in a drop box at any DMV location. The required documentation for a new registration varies depending on the type of sale or transfer. A title for a new vehicle must be done by mail. Rhode Island does not issue titles for vehicles that are older than the model year 2000. You can visit the Cranston headquarters of the DMV to obtain a duplicate title. Salvage titles can be obtained through the DMV by appointment only.
If you are over 18, the first step to obtaining a new driver's license is applying for an instruction permit. Minors between the ages of 16 and 18 can apply for a limited instruction permit. Both types of permits require a completed application, documentation proving identification and residency, and a fee. Drivers under 18 must also complete a driver's education course and have a parent or legal guardian sign the application. The permit is good for one year or until the driver turns 18, whichever comes first. You must hold the permit for at least 6 months before taking the road test. After passing the road test, minors can receive a limited provisional license. Once you have held a limited provisional license for 12 months, you can apply for a full license.