Young Drivers

Rhode Island has a graduated licensing law.

  • Limited Instruction Permit: In order to obtain a limited instruction permit, a person must be at least 16 years old, have the consent of a parent or guardian, complete driver’s education, and must pass a written test. People with a limited instruction permit cannot drive unsupervised.
  • Limited Provisional License: May be obtained after reaching the age of 16 years and 6 months, holding a limited instruction permit for at least 6 months, completing at least 50 hours of supervised driving experience (with 10 of those hours at night) and passing a driving test.
    • Passenger Restrictions: None.
    • Nighttime Driving Restrictions: Drivers with limited provisional licenses may not drive between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. unless supervised.
  • Full licensure: Driving restrictions end at 18 years of age or after 1 year with a limited provisional license, whichever comes first. Crashes or violations may delay the process.

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