All CDL transactions are done at the DMV headquarters in Cranston.
Please Note: Failure to comply will result in the CDL license being downgraded immediately to a regular operators' license.
Rhode Island's NEW Commercial Driver's License Manual.
Applicants must apply for a CDL instruction permit before receiving a Commercial Driver's License. You will receive the instruction permit after completing your written exam. The Applicant must show a valid Medical Card to obtain a permit if they are Self-Certified in a non-excepted status.
The NEW CDL Military Skills Test Waiver form must be used by service members who are currently licensed and who are/were employed (Change) 90 days to one year in a military position requiring the operation of a military motor vehicle equivalent to a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV). This waiver allows a qualified service member to apply for a CDL without taking a skills test. CDL knowledge (written) test(s) cannot be waived. The form must be signed by commanding officer.
A license issued to drive a limousine, taxi, or small van carrying under 14 passengers is denoted as an "R" restriction on your regular operator's license. You must complete and review: