Rhode Island

Rhode Island Motorcycle Licensing

Motorcycle License, Permits, Training & Insurance

The content below is for informational purposes only and was last updated as of 5/14/2021. For the most up-to-date information, please visit http://www.dmv.ri.gov/.

Operating a Motorcycle in Rhode Island

In order to operate a motorcycle in the state of Rhode Island you must:

  • Meet the state’s minimum age requirement
  • Obtain a Rhode Island motorcycle license (you also need to obtain a motorcycle permit)
  • Register your motorcycle with the state of Rhode Island
  • Obtain insurance coverage that meets Rhode Island state requirements

The minimum age requirement to operate a motorcycle in Rhode Island is 16. For specific motorcycle licensing requirements and restrictions by age group, click here.

Getting a Rhode Island Motorcycle License

According to the Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles, in addition to meeting the requirements necessary to obtain a regular driver’s license, individuals must apply for a motorcycle license to operate a motorcycle. 

Find out how to obtain a Rhode Island Motorcycle License here.

Motorcycle Education & Training in Rhode Island

Motorcyclists should sign up for a motorcycle safety course.  In Rhode Island, it is mandatory to complete a motorcycle safety course to obtain a Rhode Island motorcycle license, regardless of age. To find a Rhode Island Rider Education Program, click here.  The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) website contains operator safety information.

Rhode Island Motorcycle Insurance Requirements

If you’re riding a motorcycle, you will have many of the same requirements regarding registration, licensing and insurance as automobile drivers have in Rhode Island. For information about Rhode Island insurance requirements, visit https://dbr.ri.gov/divisions/insurance/.      

By now, you should have a good idea about how to proceed in obtaining a Rhode Island motorcycle license. If you are a new resident in Rhode Island, or you are a new rider and you’re shopping for motorcycle insurance, click here to get a quote in minutes.

Disclaimer: The materials available at this web site are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should review the links within this article, or contact the relevant state agency, for complete and current information.

The RI DMV requires motorcyclists to have current coverage that meets the state’s minimum requirements on all registered vehicles. Before riding in Rhode Island, make sure your coverage meets the state’s requirements.

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