Permits & Tests

Effective 9/28/2021, all road tests will be performed at the Providence DMV located at 325 Melrose St. Providence. Customers previously scheduled for the Cranston location will keep the same appointment date and time, however the test will be now be conducted at the Providence location.

The computerized knowledge exam is available Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 2:45 pm at the DMV Cranston headquarters. A vision test will be given at this time. These tests are available by reservation only.

What do I need to bring with me to obtain a Permit or take the Written Permit Exam?

  • One (1) proof of identity document, such as a certified copy of a birth certificate filed with a State Office of Vital Statistics or equivalent agency in the individual's State of birth OR an unexpired passport.  Proof of name change, such as a government issued marriage license is required if your name differs from your name listed on your identity document.
  • AND Social Security Number (must be listed on application) OR a letter issued by the Social Security Administration stating the applicant is not eligible to receive a Social Security Number
  • AND two (2) proof of Rhode Island residency documents, such as a utility bill (gas, electric, telephone, cable, oil, water, sewer, satellite, heat, cell phone) with the address of residence clearly stated in the applicant’s name or someone with the same last name.
  • IF YOU ARE UNDER THE AGE OF 18, you also need to bring an Original Driver’s Education Certificate showing completion of the mandatory 33 hour classroom course. Photocopies are not accepted. You also need a parent/guardian with you OR their signature must be notarized on your LI-1 form.
  • Refer to the third page of the License/ID/Permit Application (Checklist for License/ID Cards/Permits) for a more extensive list of documents accepted to perform this transaction.