12Jul 2015

The Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) implemented a graduated driver’s license (GDL) program, the program is designed for first time driver’s license applicants and it is meant to make them safer and more responsible drivers when they finally get their full driver’s license. The GDL program has a number of requirements which teens must achieve before they are issued with a driver’s license. Though the first step under the GDL program is to get a learner’s permit you will also have to take a written permit test.

If you are a new Rhode Island resident, you will be required to exchange your out-of-state learner’s permit with a Rhode Island driver’s license or learner’s permit 30 days after you move to Rhode Island. It is advisable to directly contact the DMV office to determine whether you should apply for a Rhode Island driver’s license or learner’s permit because GDL eligibility requirements vary by state.

Once you have all the required documents and you are ready to take the written permit test, book an appointment with your local DMV office and prepare for the test. The test has a series of multiple choice questions and is mainly based on the Rhode Island Driver’s Manual. The topics that are covered in the written test include: Rhode Islandtraffic laws, road signs, vehicle safety, defensive driving, vehicle positioning, signaling and communicating to other drivers, parking, sharing the road, road signage, entering and exiting the freeway, lane use, and accident and emergency procedures. You will need a pass score of 80% to obtain your learner’s permit.

When preparing for your test, the Rhode Island DMVrecommends they you read through the Rhode Island driver’s manual which has everything that will be set in the written test. However, you can also opt for an online practice test.  The online practice tests will help you gauge how you will score in the real written permit test, it will help you get familiar with how questions in the test are structured and also help you identify your areas of strengths and weaknesses.

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