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Frequently Asked Questions - Applying For Your MA License
- Do I have to get my vision test at the MA RMV?
- Where do I take my MA Driver's License photo?
- Do I need to my eyes checked before I can obtain a MA Driver's license?
- What documents do I need to take with me when I apply for my MA license?
- Where should I go to apply for my MA license?
- Is there any way to contact the MA RMV office?
- Who do I need to bring with me when I go to take my MA permit test?
- Do I need to have a physical before I apply for my MA license?
- At what age can I apply for my MA license?
No. You do not have to complete your vision test at the RMV. MA does accept an RMV Vision Screening Certificate from your ophthalmologist or optometrist. You can download the Vision Screen Certificate by visiting the RMV website ( www.mass.gov/rmv) and downloading the form.
You must take your MA Driver's license at the RMV office. When you take your photo, you should make sure that you wear what you would normally. It's extremely important that your face is clearly shown and recognizable. Look straight at the camera and do not smile, as a resting face is easier to identify.
Yes. You do have to complete a vision test in order to get your MA license. Fortunately, RMV clerks will conduct the vision test for you.
You will need to bring three identification documents: a document that you have signed, a document proving that you are a MA resident and a document demonstrating your birth. Visit the MA RMV for a comprehensive list of acceptable documents: http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/rmv/ .
You are able to apply at any RMV branch. You can find a list of RMV branches by visiting this website: http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/.
You can contact your local MA RMV office by visiting the branch in person between the hours of 9 AM and 5 PM, Mondays through Fridays. You can call a RMV call center. If your area code is 617, 339, 781,857, you should call this number 617-351-4500. All other area codes should use this number 1-800-858-3926. You can also contact the RMV by visiting the RMV's official website: http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/rmv/.
A qualifying sponsor should accompany you to your MA Permit Test. A qualifying sponsor can be a parent, legal guardian, driving instructor, spouse, driving instructor or a responsible licensed driver age 21 years old or older, who has held their license for more than one year.
No. A physical is not required. However, you should report any known medical conditions to the RMV Office so that the branch can determine if a restriction should be put on your license. For example, if you needed corrective lenses to pass your vision test successfully, your license would indicate "Corrective Lenses" restrictions.
In MA you have to be at least 16 years old before you can begin the licensing process.