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Public Community Service

If you were ordered to complete the Alcohol Education program, your public community service requirement must be completed within four (4) months from conviction date. If you were ordered to complete an Alcohol Treatment program, your public community service requirement must be completed within three (3) months of your conviction date. Please contact Driver Retraining at 401-462-0826 for information where you will need to have Public Community Service done.

Upon completion, please forward the documentation to the Driver Retraining Office of the Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles. Please be aware that the Driver Retraining Office will not accept any public community service that is done online and that only community service performed for non-profit organizations will be accepted. Public community service completion letters must contain the following information:

  • Your letter must be on letterhead from the non-profit organization;
  • Your letter must be the original copy;
  • Your letter must document the number of hours completed with the non-profit organization;
  • Your letter must be signed by a person of authority within the non-profit organization.

If you are unable to hand deliver your public community service completion letter in person, please mail the completion letter to:

Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles
Driver Retraining Office
600 New London Avenue, Cranston, RI 02920

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Public Community Service:

  • Can I reinstate my license before I complete my public community service? Yes. If you were ordered to complete the Alcohol Education Program, you have four (4) months from conviction date to provide your public community service completion letter to the Driver Retraining Office. If you were ordered to complete the Alcohol Treatment Program, you have three (3) months from your conviction date to provide your public community service completion letter to the Driver Retraining Office. Failure to provide your public community service completion letter within the applicable time period will result in the suspension of your driving privilege until your public community service requirement is completed.
  • Can I do community service online? No. Online community service is not accepted.
  • Can I do my community service anywhere? No. You must complete your community service at any non-profit organization.
  • Can I do my community service out-of-state? Yes. As long as the organization is a non-profit.
  • Does the Division of Motor Vehicles charge a fee to fulfill my public community service requirement? No. There is no fee charged by the DMV to fulfill public community service requirements.