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Rhode Island DMV Learner's Permit FAQ

  • When can I apply for a permit in Rhode Island?

    You can apply for a Learner’s Permit in Rhode Island at 16 years of age.

  • What are the requirements to get a learners permit?

    You must complete a mandatory 33-hour driver education program and pass a written knowledge test to receive your Learner’s Permit. The limited instruction permit will be valid for one year. Once you receive your permit and begin practicing driving, you must have a licensed driver who is at least 21 years old or older and who has had a driver license for at least five years seated in the front seat with you at all times.

  • How many questions are on the permit test?

    The test has 50 questions.

  • How many questions must I answer correctly to pass?

    You must answer at least 40 questions correctly to pass.

  • What steps should I take to prepare for the test?

    To ensure you receive your Learner’s Permit as fast as possible, we encourage you to study for the test. One simple but very effective way to study is to complete online practice exams that feature real sample questions from the test. To test your current driving knowledge click on the following link to take a Rhode Island practice permit test.

  • What percentage of people fail the permit test?

    Statistics indicate that 70% of those who take the test for the first time fail. In many states those who fail are required to wait at least a day to retake the exam and may have to pay a re-examination fee. To improve your odds of passing on your the first try, take multiple practice exams that have been designed to closely mirror the actual test.

  • How much does the permit test cost?

    There is an $11.50 permit fee.

  • Where do I take the permit test?

    The Rhode Island Department of Revenue’s Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) licenses drivers in the state. Visit http://www.dmv.ri.gov/ to find an office located near you.

  • What documents should I bring on test day?

    You will need to pass the written exam after your driver’s education course. Be sure to bring proof of identity, age and residency along with a driver education completion certificate when you go to get your Learner’s Permit. You will also need to have the parent/guardian signature notarized on your application or the parent or guardian will need to accompany you to the driver license facility.

The Rhode Island DMV Learner’s Permit — What You Need to Know

Wouldn’t it be great if you had your Rhode Island learners permit? No more begging your friends or family to take you where you want to go.

Before you can be issued a permit, you will need to pass a written knowledge test administered by the Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV).  More commonly known as the permit test, this test was created to determine if you have the knowledge to be a safe and courteous driver. The test will evaluate your awareness of the rules of the road, signs and signals, and Rhode Island motor vehicle laws.

Get a Feel for the Real Test With RI DMV Practice Permit Tests

Most people become uneasy at just the thought of taking a test, and this can often lead to failure. In fact, statistics tell us that 2 out of 3 people fail the written test every year!

Don’t worry!  We’re here to help.

You’ll find that we’ve done all the painful work of gathering the critical study resources for you. Here you’ll find a list of exactly what you need to study. Our free Rhode Island practice permit test will give you a better idea of what the real test format will look like while providing important feedback. You’ll also find a copy of the official Rhode Island Driver’s manual.  Getting your motorcycle permit?  We have test prep resources available for that too.

Everything you need to begin preparing for the Rhode Island permit test is here.  Don’t delay. Get started now!