TITLE 31
Motor and Other vehicles

CHAPTER 31-10.3
Rhode Island Uniform Commercial Driver's License Act

PART 31-10.3-13
Application, Examination and Issuance

SECTION 31-10.3-14


§ 31-10.3-14 Classes of licenses – Endorsements.

(a) The department, upon issuing a commercial license, shall indicate on the license the class or type of vehicles the licensee may drive. Licenses shall be issued with the classifications and endorsements and any restrictions as defined by state regulation or 49 C.F.R. 383.

(b) The department shall establish any qualifications that it believes reasonably necessary for the safe operation of the various types, sizes, or combinations of vehicles and shall determine by appropriate examination whether each applicant is qualified for the license classification, endorsement, or restriction for which application has been made.

(c) The department shall not issue a commercial license unless the applicant meets the following qualifications in addition to all other applicable qualifications adopted by policy or regulation:

(1) The applicant shall be at least twenty-one (21) years of age; except for intrastate operations, the applicant must be at least eighteen (18) years of age. This exception shall not apply to school bus drivers and drivers of placarded vehicles.

(2) The applicant shall not currently be under a license or privilege withdrawal in this or any other state, Mexico, or province of Canada.

(3) Within the three (3) years immediately preceding the application, the applicant shall not have committed any of the offenses for which license withdrawal is mandatory upon conviction and shall not have engaged in any conduct for which a license withdrawal may be implemented.

(4) The applicant shall not have been found to have committed a disqualifying offense under the Federal Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1986 (now 49 U.S.C. § 31101 et seq.), as may be amended from time to time.

(5) The applicant shall certify in the license application that all of these qualifications have been met.

(d) The department shall not issue a tank endorsement unless the applicant, in addition to all other applicable qualifications, has been licensed for a vehicle or combination of vehicles covered by the license classification on which the tank endorsement shall be placed.

(e) The department shall not issue a school bus endorsement unless the applicant has had at least three (3) years of driving experience prior to the date of application and the department is fully satisfied as to the applicant's good character, competency, and fitness to be so employed. Effective September 30, 2005, all school bus operators must have the "S" endorsement as defined under 49 Code of Federal Regulations 383.153(a)(9)(vi) subject to endorsement and testing requirements set forth in 49 Code of Federal Regulations 383.93 and 383.123. The administrator shall adopt regulations governing character, competency, and fitness.

(f) The department shall not issue a passenger endorsement unless the applicant has had at least three (3) years of driving experience prior to the date of application and the department is fully satisfied as to the applicant's good character, competency, and fitness to be so employed. The administrator shall adopt regulations governing character, competency, and fitness.

History of Section.
(P.L. 1990, ch. 176, § 1; P.L. 1993, ch. 401, § 1; P.L. 2005, ch. 77, § 2; P.L. 2005, ch. 82, § 2; P.L. 2014, ch. 77, § 1; P.L. 2014, ch. 84, § 1.)