Rhode Island Motorcycle License

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If you plan to ride your newly purchased motorcycle on Rhode Island public highways and roads, you must first obtain a regular Rhode Island motorcycle license before you can apply for a motorcycle endorsement. If you meet these requirements, then you must enroll and pass a motorcycle safety course. This course is offered by Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI). This college offers its classes at Lincoln and Warwick campuses. For more information about registration, contact CCRI through email or phone at (401) 825-1214.

Completing the safety course

After completing the CCRI safety course, you will be issued with a certificate of completion. To obtain a Rhode Island motorcycle license or permit, you will need to take this certificate and your driver’s license to any local DMV office. You will be required to pay $26.50 permit fee. You can either pay the fee by cash, money order, check or credit card.

“Trial” period

You will be required to go through a 30 days trial period riding your newly purchased motorcycle. You must finish this period without involving in any accident or obtaining any ticket. If you meet this requirement, you will be allowed to proceed with application of a permanent Rhode Island motorcycle license.


Below are requirements for a permanent motorcycle license:

  • Rhodes Island driver's license.
  • $26.50 fees for a new photo license.

If you are a new resident in Rhodes Island with a motorcycle endorsement issued in another state, you will not be required to take motorcycle safety tests. You will only need to visit the DMV office with your current driver’s license or endorsement to receive a Rhode Island license.