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Rhode Island

Effective date of original law: January 1, 1979

Ultimate Program Responsibility
Rhode Island Department of Education
255 Westminster Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-222-4600

Day-to-Day Administration
Emilio Colantonio
Rhode Island Motorcycle Safety Program
1762 Louisquissett Pike/CCRI
Lincoln, RI 02865
Phone: 401-333-7070

Program Administration
Legislative Provisions

  • Source of funding: Motorcycle registration fee ($3)
  • Stipulated use of funds: To assist in paying costs of motorcycle rider education program, as prescribed

Relationship Among Various Programs

  • N/A

Collection of Rider Training and Licensing Data

  • Agency responsible for collecting rider training data:
  • Agency responsible for collecting licensing data: N/A
  • Data available in electronic format: N/A
  • Link between crash, licensing, and rider education data: N/A

Rider Education
Training Delivery

  • Months of instruction: N/A
  • Number of instruction sites: N/A
  • Types of providers: N/A

Operations and Participant Characteristics

  • Courses offered: N/A
  • Students enrolled: N/A
  • No-shows or registration refunds: N/A
  • Time until course reaches capacity: N/A
  • Average waiting period to take course: N/A
  • Students on waiting list: N/A

Program Funding and Expenditures

  • Annual budget: N/A
  • Source of Federal funds: N/A
  • Average cost to State to educate rider: N/A
  • Course tuition charged to novice rider: $20
  • Course tuition charged to experienced rider: N/A
  • Special fees in addition to course fees: N/A


  • Approved curricula: N/A
  • Advisory committee: N/A
  • Curricula approved by: N/A
  • Process to modify curricula: N/A
  • Data collected for modifications: N/A
  • Validation process for modifications: N/A

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Instructor Selection, Training, and Evaluation

  • Instructors must be eligible for State Board of Regents’ teacher certification.

Profile of Instructors

  • Certified Instructors/RiderCoaches: N/A
  • Chief Instructors/RiderCoach Trainers: N/A
  • Instructor candidates in 2001: N/A
  • Percentage of successful Instructor candidates: N/A
  • Instructor demographics: N/A
  • Reciprocity for Instructors trained in other States: N/A

Quality Control Procedures

  • N/A

Program Evaluation

  • N/A

Licensing Requirements

  • $2 permit issuance fee
  • Successful completion of
    vision test
  • Successful completion of knowledge test
  • Successful completion of skill test
  • Valid for 90 days


  • $1 license endorsement fee
  • Rider must be at least 16 and must successfully complete a rider education course.
  • Motorcycle license must be renewed every 5 years.

Operator Licensing
Testing and Training Responsibilities

  • Testing agency: Community College of Rhode Island
  • Third-party testing: Yes
  • Agency responsible for training examiners: N/A

Knowledge and Skills Tests Used

  • Primary knowledge test used: Local
  • Primary skills test used: Local off-street
  • Secondary skills test used: Alternate MOST


  • Rider education waiver: Skills and knowledge
  • Reciprocity for rider education completed in another State: N/A
  • Reciprocal license waivers: Yes

Operator and Vehicle Characteristics

  • Motorcycle operators licensed: 59,593
  • Registered motorcycles: 20,878
  • New motorcycle licenses/endorsements issued in 2001: N/A
  • Operators licensed through rider education in 2001: N/A
  • Operators licensed without rider education: N/A
  • Operators without license or proper endorsement: N/A

Motorcyclist Licensing System

  • Graduated licensing: None
  • Tiered licensing: None

Public Information and Education

  • Operator’s manual used: Local
  • Annual budget for public information and education: N/A