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DMV Unable to Process CDL Transactions this Friday, July 3, 2015

CRANSTON, RI - The Rhode Island Department of Motor Vehicles today announced that the Commercial Driver's License Information System, the federal computer system for commercial driver's licenses, will be down for required maintenance on Friday, July 3, 2015.

This maintenance will impact those Rhode Islanders who wish to process any commercial driver's license transactions on Friday, July 3, 2015. This will NOT affect regular driver's licenses - only commercial driver's licenses.

It is recommend that anyone needing to process a commercial driver's license transaction this week visit the DMV prior to Friday, July 3rd.

Also, as a reminder, the DMV is closed on Monday, July 6, 2015 in observance of the State Holiday but will reopen for regular business in all departments on Tuesday, July 7, 2015.
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Commercial (CDL) & Chauffeurs

All CDL transactions are done at the DMV headquarters in Cranston.

New Medical Certification Requirements

Please Note: Failure to comply will result in the CDL license being downgraded immediately to a regular operators' license.

CDL Manual

Rhode Island's NEW Commercial Driver's License Manual.

Eligibility Requirements for a CDL

Applying for a CDL

CDL Tests

  • The written test is given at the DMV headquarters in Cranston.
  • Before taking the skills test you must pass the written portion of the CDL test. If you fail you must wait five business days before taking the test again. After passing all test required you must apply for the permit necessary to take the skills text.
  • The skills test is administered by the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI). For more information, call (401) 825-1146.

CDL Permit

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.

CDL Military Skills Test Waiver

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.

Chauffeur License

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: