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In addition to the free shuttle offered by Public Safety, students may be interested in riding the bus or obtaining a U.S. driver's license in order to drive a car.


RIPTA is the public transportation system in Rhode Island. It is a system of buses and trolleys that provide transportation around the state. When taking the bus it is important to know that "inbound" means service toward Providence and "outbound" is service from Providence. The bus that runs by the University is number 60-Newport/Providence. It stops right in front of the campus. It comes by approximately every 30 minutes, but during peak hours it comes every 15 to 20 minutes.

For information on the bus schedule, visit and then click on schedules/maps or find the pamphlets with all operation hours at Kennedy Plaza.


In order to drive in the U.S. you must obtain a Rhode Island driver’s license you will need to pass the written exam and road test. 


1. You Will Need:

¨ A valid passport
¨  I-94 Number (retrieved from )
¨ I-20
¨ A valid Social Security Card or denial letter from Social Security Office
¨ A Status Letter with address from the Intercultural Center (Click Here for Letter Request Form)
¨ A Student ID Card from Roger Williams University
¨ $6.50 to take the Written Exam (Get the Driver’s manual from DMV office or a friend and study it. To download the driver’s manual go to

Social Security Office in Providence:

3rd Floor, 380 Westminster Street   (Located downtown in Federal Center)

Providence , RI 02903

Open M,T,TH, F:  9-3pm, W: 9-12pm

2. Go to DMV office, present your documents, pay and take the written exam by computer.

Where:            Department or Registry of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
          600 New London Avenue
                         Cranston, Rhode Island
                         Ph. 401-462-4368

When:             Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

How to get there:

By Bus:            From RWU, Bus No. 60 to Kennedy Plaza

From Kennedy Plaza, Bus No. 13 (Bus stops in front of DMV)
            (about an hour and a half)

By Car:            Take 114 North to I-195 West to I-95 South

         Take I-95 South, exit 14B to RI-37 West

                        Take exit 2A onto RI-2 South / New London Avenue         

                        Make a U-turn at Garden Hills Parkway

All Out-of-Country and US Territories drivers license transfers must be done at the DMV Cranston headquarters. These transactions are not performed at DMV branch locations or AAA branch offices.

The computerized knowledge exam is available Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm at the DMV Cranston headquarters. A vision test will be given at this time. No appointment is necessary, tests are given on a first-come, first-serve basis.

3. Once the written exam has been passed, you can schedule a road test within 3 months.  Please hold on to your test card because it also serves as your driving permit.  The license costs $26.50 (only cash is accepted) and is valid for 2 years. You can schedule your test at any DMV or call 401-462-5750.

Road tests will be given at: 325 Melrose Street, Providence

State ID Card

If you would like to have a form of identification other than your passport, but do not need a driver’s license, you can apply for a non-driver identification card if you have never had a license before.  The cost is currently $16.50 for a State ID card.

Rhode Island ID Requirements:

  • You may not hold a valid license in Rhode Island or in any other state.
  • You must have an identity document (bring your passport, I-20 and I-94).
  • You must be able to prove Rhode Island residency.
  • You must have a valid Social Security number or an acceptable denial letter (with an acceptable visa code).


If you need to take a road test (a test where you drive and an evaluator rides with you) you will need to provide your own car to do so. If you do not have a car, you will need to rent one or have a friend loan you one. Another option (especially if you have never learned to drive) is to take driving lessons and use the company’s car for the road test. Below are listed some local driving schools.

For more information on the road test, see

Please remember that freshmen are not allowed to have cars on campus.