Title 31
Motor and Other Vehicles

Chapter 10.1
Special License for Motorcycles, Motor Scooters, and Other Motor Driven Cycles

R.I. Gen. Laws 31-10.1-1



 31-10.1-1.  License required. [Effective March 1, 2022.]


(a) No resident of this state, except those expressly exempted in this chapter, shall drive any two-wheeled (2) motorcycle or motor-driven cycle upon a highway in this state, unless the person shall first obtain a special license as an operator under the provisions of this chapter; provided, however, motorized bicycles and motor scooters with a motor rated not more than four and nine-tenths horsepower (4.9 h.p.) and not greater than fifty cubic centimeters (50 cc), which is capable of a maximum speed of not more than thirty miles per hour (30 m.p.h.), shall be exempt from the provisions of this section. No person shall be licensed pursuant to this chapter unless he or she shall be at least sixteen (16) years of age or unless the person previously has been issued a full operator's license and a motorcycle learner's permit or is already licensed under a prior act of this state. Any person under the age of eighteen (18) duly licensed under the prior act shall be eligible to have his or her license renewed in the same manner as persons over the age of eighteen (18). All licenses issued pursuant to this chapter shall reflect any requirement of the operator to wear a helmet pursuant to 31-10.1-4.

(b) No resident of this state, except those expressly exempted in this chapter, shall drive any three-wheeled (3) motorcycle or motor-driven cycle upon a highway in this state, unless the person shall first obtain a special license as an operator under the provisions of this chapter; provided, however, motorized bicycles and motor scooters with a motor rated not more than four and nine-tenths horsepower (4.9 h.p.) and not greater than fifty cubic centimeters (50 cc), which is capable of a maximum speed of not more than thirty miles per hour (30 m.p.h.), shall be exempt from the provisions of this section. No person shall be licensed pursuant to this chapter unless he or she shall be at least sixteen (16) years of age or unless the person previously has been issued a full operator's license and a motorcycle learner's permit or is already licensed under a prior act of this state. Any person under the age of eighteen (18) years duly licensed under the prior act shall be eligible to have their license renewed in the same manner as persons over the age of eighteen (18) years. All licenses issued pursuant to this chapter shall reflect any requirement of the operator to wear a helmet pursuant to 31-10.1-4.

(c) Any person currently licensed pursuant to this chapter, prior to March 1, 2022, shall continue to be permitted to operate both two-wheeled (2) and three-wheeled (3) motorcycles and motor-driven cycles without further examination.

History of Section.
P.L. 1967, ch. 27, 1; P.L. 1992, ch. 324, 15; P.L. 1992, ch. 364, 1; P.L. 1998, ch. 371, 3; P.L. 1998, ch. 386, 3; P.L. 2006, ch. 11, 2; P.L. 2006, ch. 12, 2; P.L. 2021, ch. 412, 1, effective March 1, 2022; P.L. 2021, ch. 413, 1, effective March 1, 2022.