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I stood in line for 90 minutes to make an appointment for my 16-year-old son to take the driver's test. Now that dates turns out to be impossible. Do I have to return to the Registry and stand in line again, or can I change the date online or by phone?

RI DMV has recently changed its procedure regarding rescheduling of road tests to improve customer service. Under the new policy, a road test may be rescheduled up to 48 hours prior to the day of the scheduled test without incurring an additional fee. To reschedule, just call 401.462.5750 or 401.462.1642, or visit any DMV facility.

Fee for a DMV Road Test is $26.50 ($25.00 plus a $1.50 technology fee). If for any reason an applicant is unable to perform the scheduled road test or fails the road test, the applicant will not receive a refund or credit of the fee towards another road test. The applicant must pay $26.50 again to schedule a subsequent road test. The DMV accepts cash, check, money order or credit cards as forms of payment. Third party checks and debit cards are not accepted.

A road test may be scheduled at the time of the written exam or at another time at a DMV facility. The DMV conducts road tests at sites in Providence and Middletown.

When reporting to a road test, please have these documents readily available: a valid legible permit, (no photo copies are accepted); a valid and current RI insurance ID card; proof of valid RI registration, proof of valid inspection sticker (except on vehicles less than 2 years old or 24,000 or less, whichever comes first), a signed and notarized affidavit of 50 hours driving experience required for all drivers under 18 years of age; a notarized letter, if the registered owner of the vehicle is not present or if a corporate vehicle is being used for the road test. Leased vehicles must show proof of lessee.

Only the person taking the road test and supervising driver should report to the road test check-in no earlier than 30 minutes before the scheduled appointment. All vehicles used must have two license plates. All directions will be given in English. You must be familiar with the controls of the vehicle. The road test examiner will conduct a vehicle safety inspection, checking the brake lights, directional lights, headlights and tires. Only legal window tinting is allowed and the vehicle must have proper certification if after- manufacture tint has been installed. No rental vehicles or pets are allowed for the road test.

If you fail the road test, you must wait at least 30 days to retake the test. Grounds for immediate failure of a road test include any motor vehicle violation, equipment failure or erratic operation of the vehicle, lack of cooperation with the licensed examiner, a dangerously inexperienced driver, leaving the designated roadway, dangerous actions; a rolling stop or a collision.

For more information about road tests and other online services, or directions to a road test site, visit our website at www.dmv.ri.gov.

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Department or agency: Ask the DMV

Online: http://www.dmv.ri.gov/index.php

Release date: 02-16-2013

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