All CDL transactions are done at the DMV headquarters in Cranston.
The Rhode Island DMV will be implementing the following for all Domiciled CDL drivers:
Beginning April 1, 2016, all CDL drivers must provide Proof of Status as a U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident, as well as proof of Rhode Island residency, when renewing a CDL, applying for a CDL, updating a CDL or transferring a CDL from another state. This is required by 49 CFR 383.71.
Acceptable Documentation for U.S. Citizen:
Acceptable Documentation for Lawful Permanent Resident:
If you are unable to provide Proof of Status as a U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Residence, you must provide:
An unexpired employment authorization document (EAD) issued by USCIS or an unexpired foreign passport accompanied by an approved I-94 form documenting the applicant’s most recent admittance into the United States. Proof of Rhode Island residency must also be presented. This is required by 49 CFR 383.71(f)(2)(i). Applicants under this section will receive a “non-domiciled” CDL.
*Only original documents are accepted.
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 (English)
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 for 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" endorsement on your regular operator's license. You must complete and review: