Title 31
Motor and Other Vehicles

Chapter 10
Operators’ and Chauffeurs’ Licenses

R.I. Gen. Laws § 31-10-27

§ 31-10-27. License to be carried and exhibited on demand.

(a) Every licensee shall have his or her operator’s or chauffeur’s license in his or her immediate possession at all times when operating a motor vehicle and shall display the license upon the demand of any peace office or inspector of the division of motor vehicles and shall, upon request by any proper officer, write his or her name in the presence of that officer for the purpose of being identified. However, no person charged with violating this section shall be convicted if he or she produces in court or the office of the arresting officer an operator’s or chauffeur’s license previously issued to him or her and valid at the time of his or her arrest.

(b) Every school bus operator shall display in a prominent place in the bus he or she is operating both a valid chauffeur’s license or a reasonable facsimile of it, and a valid school bus driver’s certificate, both of which have been issued by this state under the provisions of this title. A display case shall be provided to display these documents by the registered owner.

History of Section.
P.L. 1950, ch. 2595, art. 15, § 13; G.L. 1956, § 31-10-25; G.L. 1956, § 31-10-27; P.L. 1962, ch. 204, § 1; P.L. 1986, ch. 413, § 1; P.L. 1988, ch. 372, § 1; P.L. 2000, ch. 109, § 62.