Motor and Other vehicles
Operators' and Chauffeurs' Licenses
§ 31-10-21 Written and eye examination.
(a) Every applicant for a license to operate a motor vehicle upon the public
highways shall be required by the division of motor vehicles to show, by
examination or otherwise, the ability to read and understand highway signs
regulating, warning, and directing traffic, the proper knowledge of the
operation and mechanism of motor vehicles, the rules of the road, the motor
vehicle law, and such other qualifications as will demonstrate that the
applicant is a proper and safe person to operate a motor vehicle upon the
public highways. The examination shall include a test of the applicant's
eyesight. Notwithstanding the foregoing,
(b) Any person who has successfully completed a driver
education course as set forth in § 31-10-19 and who has passed a
standardized written driver's license examination approved by the director of
the department of revenue shall not be required to take the written
examination. The director of the department of revenue shall develop a
standardized written driver's license examination which shall be administered
by certified driver education instructors at the completion of each driver's
(c) An applicant, within six (6) months of having been
certified by the department of elementary and secondary education as having
passed a written examination administered by that department, shall, upon
completion of an eyesight test by the division of motor vehicles, be considered
in compliance with this section.
History of Section.
(P.L. 1950, ch. 2595, art. 15, § 11; G.L. 1956, § 31-10-18; G.L.
1956, § 31-10-21; P.L. 1962, ch. 204, § 1; P.L. 1987, ch. 326, §
1; P.L. 1987, ch. 454, § 1; P.L. 2008, ch. 98, § 9; P.L. 2008, ch.
145, § 9.)