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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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License Renewal

Operator's License

You can renew your Rhode Island driver's license online with a credit card, at any DMV branch location or at a AAA branch office (members only).

  • To renew your Rhode Island driver's license bring your current license and the License/ID/Permit Application. If your current license is lost, refer the third page of the License/ID/Permit Application for a list of acceptable documents.
  • Licenses are valid for a maximum of five years. If you are 75 years of age or older, your license will be valid for two years.
  • If you have not received your permanent driver's license and it has been over 45 days from obtaining a temporary one please call (401) 462-5862 to inquire if the license has been returned to the DMV Cranston headquarters.
  • Costs are listed in the DMV Fee Table.

Visa Status Applicants: Must bring all current Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) documents when applying for a license, license renewal, duplicate license or a Rhode Island Identification Card.

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

  • Renewals are done at the DMV Cranston headquarters only.
  • To renew your Rhode Island CDL bring your current CDL and your renewal form. If you did not receive a renewal form in the mail, bring your current CDL.
  • You must comply 60 days in advance with all HazMat regulations.
  • Licenses are valid for a maximum of five years. If you are 70 years of age or older, your license will be valid for two years.
  • Licenses that have been expired for one year or more cannot be renewed. You will be required to take all written endorsement exams, obtain a commercial driver's permit and complete a successful road test.
  • You will be issued a temporary license valid for 60 days. The actual license will be mailed to you.
  • Costs are listed in the DMV Fee Table.

Medical Examiners Certificate: As of 1/30/2012, all CDL customers will be required to show their Medical Examiners Certificate for all transactons.