Rhode Island Drivers Education
Drivers education classes have become part of the licensing procedure in almost every state and Rhode Island is no exception to the trend. If you want to get your license before you turn 18, you will have to complete a certified Rhode Island drivers education class.
Graduated Drivers License
Some form of a graduated drivers license system exist in every state and drivers education classes play a major role in the system. The GDL system is a set of restrictions and requirements that are posed onto the teenage drivers license applicants that help to minimize the risks presented by operating a vehicle. Drivers ed classes are the core of the system, ensuring that teenagers know the driving rules and understand the danger of driving. Driving education classes have statistically been proven to reduce the number of casualties among the teen drivers.
Rhode Island Drivers Ed Locations
At the moment, you can take a certified drivers ed class at your high school or at one of the 6 campuses around the state:
- Knight Campus (Warwick)
- Flanagan Campus (Lincoln)
- Liston Campus (Providence)
- Newport County Campus (Newport)
- CCRI Downcity (Providence)
- Westerly Middle School (Westerly)
You can sign up for the drivers education class at any of these locations. You would need to check the class dates with the campus that you choose.
How to Apply
If you want to apply for the drivers education class at one of the campuses, you can do so in person, by mail or fax.
If you are applying in person, you will need to visit your nearest campus location, submit the driver education application form and pay the $75 fee. The fee is payable with a check, money order or credit card and it is non-refundable, so make sure you make it to your class.
If you choose to apply for your drivers education class by fax, you will need to download the drivers education application form, fill it in and fax it to (401) 825-1116. If you are applying by fax, the payment can only be submitted as a credit card payment.
Applying by mail is quite similar to applying by fax. You download the application form, fill it in and mail it to the following address along with your payment:
CCRI Division for Lifelong Learning
Attn: Driver Education Program
400 East Ave.
Warwick, RI 02886
Drivers Ed Requirements
All drivers education classes in Rhode Island follow the same curriculum and take 33 hours to complete. The class covers all Rhode Island driving rules and is a great way for you to prepare for your Rhode Island permit test.
If you are older than 18 and don't want to take a drivers education program, but still want to prepare for the exam, you should start by obtaining the Rhode Island drivers handbook. The book is a complete guide to all driving-related matters and the information contained in the manual is more than enough in order to be able to pass the exam. You can also compliment the book with some free permit practice tests.
Adult Drivers Education
If you are over 18 years of age and you are applying for your drivers license or learners permit, you are not required to take a drivers education program, but you may still wish to do so. Drivers ed classes are a great investment into your safety and it may also make you eligible for the insurance discount.