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    When should my teen get car insurance?

    Your teen should be insured once they're licensed and begin driving on their own (i.e., without another supervising licensed driver). Teens with learner's permits don't yet require insurance while they're driving under the supervision of a licensed adult.

    If I'm under 18, are there any limits to my driver's license?

    If you have a learner's permit:

    • You must have a supervising driver who is at least 21 years old and has held their own driver's license for at least 1 year.
    • Your supervisor must sit in the passenger seat next to you at all times.
    • If you're under 18 years old, you may NOT drive between 12:00 AM and 5:00 AM unless you're with your parent or legal guardian who meets the above qualifications.

    If you have a Junior Operator's License:

    • For the first 6 months, you may not have any passengers under 18 years old unless you are accompanied by your parent or guardian.
    • You may not drive between 12:30 AM and 5 AM unless you're accompanied by your parent or guardian.
    • You may not use a cell phone or hands-free device while driving, unless it is to contact emergency services.

    What happens after I pass my MA road test?

    The examiner will stamp your learner's permit, automatically converting it to either a Junior Operator License (JOL) or a full, unrestricted driver's license, depending on your age. Your permanent photo ID should arrive within 7 to 10 days.

    Once I have my permit, who can I drive with?

    You may drive only when accompanied by a qualified sponsor driver (at least 21 years old) sitting in the passenger seat. They must have held their own license for at least 1 year.

    Can I choose where I have my photo taken for my driver's license?

    No, your photo will be taken at the RMV office where you apply.

    Once I get my MA permit, what do I need to do before I can drive with my parents?

    You may begin practicing with your parents right away, but you must also sign up for a state-approved driver's education course. You might find that waiting until you begin the behind-the-wheel training portion of your Driver's Ed course will help your practice sessions with your parents go more smoothly.

    What must I do after I've applied for my MA license?

    Once you've passed your road skills exam, the examiner will stamp your permit, converting it into either a Junior Operator License or a full driver's license (depending on your age). You'll receive a permanent license card in the mail within 7-10 days.

    Where do I go to apply for my driver's license in MA?

    You can apply for your permit at any RMV service center. For driver's licenses, you'll submit your required documentation at your road test appointment location.

    What document is an acceptable proof of my legal presence in the United States?

    Examples of proof of legal presence include your original birth certificate or your valid U.S. passport.

    What documents do I need to apply for my license if I am over the age of 18?

    Massachusetts requires all new drivers, regardless of age, to obtain a learner's permit before taking the road test and applying for a driver's license in the state. When you make your road test appointment, you'll need to provide your:

    • Learner's permit number.
    • Name and birth date.
    • Social Security number.
    • Payment for your $35 road test fee.
      • You can also pay your $50 license fee at the same time, or you can pay it after you pass your road test.

    At your road test appointment, bring your:

    • Valid learner's permit (not expired).
    • Vehicle registration for the vehicle you'll be testing in.
    • Completed Class D or M Road Test Application (form RDT103).
    • Sponsor who is at least 21 years old, with at least 1 year of experience behind the wheel. They must bring their driver's license to show the examiner.

    What documents do I need to apply for my license if I am under the age of 18?

    Before applying, you'll need to make a road test appointment and provide your:

    • Learner's permit number.
    • Name and birth date.
    • Social Security number.
    • Payment for your $35 road test fee.
      • You can also pay your $50 license fee at the same time, or you can pay it after you pass your road test.

    At your road test, you'll need to bring:

    • Your learner's permit.
    • The registration for the vehicle you'll be testing in.
    • A completed Class D or M Road Test Application (form RDT103), signed by your parent/guardian if you're under 18 years old. Any guardian other than your parent must also show proper documentation of their eligibility to sign for you.
    • Your completed Supervised Driving Log.
    • A driver's education certificate of completion, if your course didn't electronically submit one to the RMV.
    • A supervising driver who is at least 21 years old, with at least 1 year of experience behind the wheel. They must bring their driver's license to show the examiner.

    What are the requirements to get a license in MA if I'm under 18?

    To apply for a MA junior operator license, you must:

    • Be at least 16 years and 6 months old.
    • Have earned your learner's permit.
    • Complete a state-approved driver's education course.
    • Complete your required behind-the-wheel practice hours, logged on the Supervised Driving Log.
    • Pass the driving skills road test.

    What are the requirements to get a license in MA if I'm 18 or older?

    Massachusetts requires all new drivers, regardless of age, to get a learner's permit before being eligible to obtain a MA driver's license. However, there are no minimum practice hours or any permit holding period. To apply for a license, you must:

    • Be at least 16 years and 6 months old.
    • Have earned your learner's permit and practiced with it to feel confident behind the wheel.
    • Pass the driving skills road test.

    When can I take my road test and get my license in Massachusetts?

    You can take your road test once you are at least 16 years and 6 months old and you have:

    • Earned your learner's permit.
    • Completed your Driver's Ed course and behind-the-wheel practice hours, if you're under 18 years old.

    My MA license was suspended but I need to drive to my job or to school. What can I do?

    You can apply for a hardship license, which allows you to drive solely for specific purposes like education or employment.

    What are the requirements to get a limited license in Massachusetts?

    Requirements will vary based on what kind of restriction will apply to you. All applicants will have to:

    • Attend an RMV hearing.
    • Bring the applicable documents based on your specific circumstances.
    • Pay the applicable reinstatement fee (which varies).

    The RMV offers complete guides to each set of documents you'll need depending on which hardship license you require.

    How do I apply for a MA hardship license?

    You can request a hardship license at an RMV suspension hearing. At your hearing, you'll need to provide:

    • Your necessary documents for your specific hardship license/suspension type. Check the RMV's list of suspensions for details on what you should prepare to bring.
    • Payment for your reinstatement fee, which ranges from $100 to $1,200.

    At your hearing, the judge will determine if there are any other steps to complete or documents to provide in order to get your hardship license.

    How long will I have to drive with an MA restricted license?

    Your restriction period will vary based on a number of factors, including your specific violation or reason for restriction, and whether it's a first offense or you have a repeated history of offenses. The judge at your hearing will determine how long your hardship license will be required.

    Do I have to take the written exam again when taking my MA road test?

    No. The knowledge test is a prerequisite to obtain a learner's permit. Once you have passed the knowledge test, you do not need to take it again to get your license.

    What will I have to do on my MA road test?

    You should be prepared to do the following during your road test:

    • Properly adjust the seat, mirrors, steering wheel, and seat belts.
    • Operate vehicle equipment such as windshield wipers and washers, heater and defroster, parking brake, headlights, and the horn.
    • Respond to traffic control signs and signals.
    • Interact with other motorists (e.g., yielding right-of-way correctly, responding to emergency vehicles).
    • Back up and park your vehicle.
    • Display proficiency in basic driving skills such as stopping and turning.
    • Recognize any warning lights that may appear on your instrument panel.
    • Execute other driving maneuvers as the inspector requires.

    What tips should I know to pass my MA road test?

    The RMV offers a number of videos and tutorials to prepare you for your road test. You should also study the MA Driver Manual for a rundown of what you can expect.

    Who can accompany me to my MA driving exam?

    A licensed driver may bring you to your driving test, but they may not join you for the actual exam.

    What standards must the vehicle I choose for my road test meet?

    The vehicle you use for your road test must meet the following standards:

    • It should be appropriate for the license class for which you are applying.
    • It should have a valid registration certificate.
    • It should have proof of insurance.
    • It should comply with MA laws regarding tinted windows.
    • It should not have an Ignition Interlock Device (unless you are required by law to use one).

    The road test will not be conducted if the vehicle is deemed to be unsafe. Common reasons why vehicles are deemed unsafe include the following:

    • The windows are illegally tinted.
    • The brake lights or turn signals are defective.
    • The tires are worn or damaged.
    • One or more lug nuts are missing.
    • A seatbelt is defective.
    • The speedometer is defective.
    • The brakes are defective.
    • Other equipment is defective or missing.

    Where do I go to take my MA road test?

    Road tests are administered at RMV Service Centers throughout the state. You must schedule an appointment in advance.

    How much is an MA permit or license?

    Permit Application: $30

    Road Test: $35

    Driver's License: $50

    Where can I get an MA Driver's Licensing Handbook?

    The State of Massachusetts Driver's Manuals are available online.

    When can I get my driver's license?

    You'll obtain your driver's license at your road testing location.

    What is the cost of the permit and license application?

    Permit Application: $30

    Road Test: $35

    Driver's License: $50

    Do I have to pass a drug test before obtaining my MA instruction permit?

    No.

    Is the MA permit test open book?

    No. If you're worried about passing the knowledge test, try taking some of our free practice tests to help you prepare.

    Do I have to bring my parents with me when I take my permit test?

    If you are under 18, your parent or guardian must accompany you to co-sign your permit application.

    What documents do I need to bring with me to take my permit test if I am under 18 years old?

    If you take your test in person, or prior to taking your online permit exam, bring the following items to the RMV Service Center:

    • A completed Driver's License, Learner's Permit or ID Card Application (form LIC 100). Your parent/guardian must sign your application to signal their consent. Any guardian other than your parent must also show proper documentation of their eligibility to sign for you.
    • Proof of your:
      • Identity and U.S. citizenship.
      • Social Security number.
      • Massachusetts residency.
        • Your documents will differ slightly based on whether you want a REAL ID or a standard driver's license (the REAL ID is highly recommended). Check out the RMV's guide to acceptable documents for help.
    • Payment for the $30 permit application fee.

    When am I eligible to apply for my MA permit?

    You must be at least 16 years old to apply for a learner's permit.

    How do I apply for an MA permit?

    To apply for a Massachusetts learner's permit, make an appointment online. At your appointment, you'll need to:

    1. Fill out a Driver's License, Learner's Permit or ID Card Application (form LIC 100). You can start your application online to save time.
      1. If you're under 18 years old, your parent/guardian must sign your application to signal their consent. Any guardian other than your parent must also show proper documentation of their eligibility to sign for you.
    2. Make an appointment with your local RMV Service Center.
    3. Submit proof of your:
      1. Identity and U.S. citizenship.
      2. Social Security number.
      3. Massachusetts residency.
        1. Your documents will differ slightly based on whether you want a REAL ID or a standard driver's license (the REAL ID is highly recommended). Check out the RMV's guide to acceptable documents for help.
    4. Pass a vision screening and a knowledge test.
    5. Pay the $30 permit application fee.

    You can take your permit exam at your RMV appointment, or you can request to take it online. If you choose the online option, the RMV agent will give you instructions on how to take your test from home.

    What kind of questions should I expect on the MA permit test?

    Some examples of potential questions include:

    You must use your headlights:

    1. At all times
    2. Between 30 minutes before sundown and 30 minutes after sunrise
    3. Only during poor weather

    The maximum posted speed limit should be driven only:

    1. During the night
    2. During the day
    3. In ideal conditions

    If the roadway is wet or icy you should:

    1. Follow the posted speed limit
    2. Reduce your speed
    3. Speed up

    Find more sample questions on a free Massachusetts practice test.

    Do I need to complete a Driver's Education course in order to be eligible for an MA learner's permit?

    No. To obtain a learner's permit, you must only pass knowledge and vision tests with the RMV. If you're under 18 years old, you will need to take Driver's Ed before you can obtain your Junior Operator License.

    What should I use to study for my MA permit test?

    The Massachusetts Driver's Manual has everything you need to pass your permit test. It's also a good idea to use a free practice test to get ready for the testing format and prepare yourself for the actual experience of taking the exam.

    Do I need to complete a vision test before I apply?

    Yes, your vision test occurs during your permit application.

    Do I need to do a medical physical exam before I obtain a permit in MA?

    No, a physical exam isn't required for a MA permit.

    Who do I need to bring with me for my permit test in MA?

    If you are under 18 years old, your parent or guardian must accompany you to co-sign your permit application and, if applicable, provide proof of eligibility if they aren't your direct parent.

    How can I contact the RMV office in MA?

    You can contact the RMV online, or call your local Service Center location.

    At what age can I apply for my permit in Massachusetts?

    You can apply once you're 16 years old.

    What restrictions, if any, are there for new drivers?

    If you hold a learner's permit:

    • You must have a supervising driver who is at least 21 years old and has held their own driver's license for at least 1 year.
    • Your supervisor must sit in the passenger seat next to you at all times.
    • If you're under 18 years old, you may NOT drive between 12:00 AM and 5:00 AM unless you're with your parent or legal guardian who meets the above qualifications.

    If you hold a junior operator license:

    • For the first 6 months, you may not have any passengers under 18 years old unless you are accompanied by your parent or guardian.
    • You may not drive between 12:30 AM and 5 AM unless you're accompanied by your parent or guardian.
    • You may not use a cell phone or hands-free device while driving, unless it is to contact emergency services.

    What restrictions come with my driver's permit?

    • You must have a supervising driver who is at least 21 years old and has held their own driver's license for at least 1 year.
    • Your supervisor must sit in the passenger seat next to you at all times.
    • If you're under 18 years old, you may NOT drive between 12:00 AM and 5:00 AM unless you're with your parent or legal guardian who meets the above qualifications.

    What documents must I fill out at the RMV to get my permit/driver's license?

    You'll need to complete the Driver's License, Learner's Permit or ID Card Application (form LIC 100). You can start your application online to save time.

    What tests must I pass?

    To get your learner's permit, you must pass a knowledge test and a vision exam. To get your driver's license, you must also pass an on-road driving skills test.

    What driver's education is required?

    All new Massachusetts drivers under 18 years old must complete a state-approved MA driver education program that consists of at least:

    • 30 hours of classroom lessons
    • 18 hours of behind-the-wheel training, consisting of:
      • 12 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction
      • 6 hours of observation during another student's behind-the-wheel session

    What do I need before I can get my MA permit?

    There are no prerequisites to obtaining your permit, other than being minimum age (16 years old) and being prepared to pass your knowledge test.

    What are the requirements to apply for my MA driving permit?

    To apply for your MA instruction permit, you must:

    • Be at least 16 years old.
    • Submit a completed Driver's License, Learner's Permit or ID Card Application (form LIC 100), signed by your parent or guardian if you're under 18 years old.
    • Submit proof of your:
      • Identity and U.S. citizenship.
      • Social Security number.
      • Massachusetts residency.
        • Your documents will differ slightly based on whether you want a REAL ID or a standard driver's license (the REAL ID is highly recommended). Check out the RMV's guide to acceptable documents for help.
    • Pass a vision screening and a knowledge test.
    • Pay the $30 permit application fee.

    Do I need to take another eye exam before renewing my MA driver's license?

    No, you do not need to repeat your eye exam for license renewals.

    Can I renew my license by mail?

    You can renew by mail if you're on active military duty or if your notice gives you the option. Generally, the RMV encourages you to renew online or in person. The Massachusetts Driver Manual has information for military renewals while out-of-state.

    Can I renew my MA driver's license online?

    Most drivers can renew online, and the RMV highly encourages you to do so if you're eligible. Your renewal notice will state whether you are eligible for online renewal.

    What documents do I need to renew my license?

    To renew online, you do not need any specific documents, but you will need to provide information pertaining to your identity and license status, plus valid payment information. This may include:

    • Your first and last name as it appears on your current driver's license.
    • Your date of birth.
    • Your street address.
    • Your driver's license number.
    • Your Social Security number.

    You'll also need payment for the $50 renewal fee.

    To renew in person, you will need:

    • The renewal application form that you received in the mail (if available).
    • Your current driver's license, plus any additional identity documents stated on your notice.
    • Payment for the $50 renewal fee.

    How can I renew my Massachusetts driver's license?

    You can renew your MA driver's license online or in person. In certain circumstances, you may be eligible to renew by mail. Your renewal notice will state which option(s) you're eligible for.

    When can I renew my MA license?

    Driver's licenses in Massachusetts expire every 5 years. You can renew it up to 1 year before and 2 years after its expiration date.

    How much does it cost to renew my license in Massachusetts?

    License renewals cost $50 in Massachusetts.

    Can I have anyone in the car with me during my MA road test?

    No. Only the examiner and an interpreter, if needed, may join you in the vehicle.

    Can I take the MA RMV knowledge test online?

    Yes, Massachusetts now allows you to take your exam online from your home computer. You must still visit an RMV Service Center first to submit your application and required identity documents.

    How many times can you take the RMV written knowledge test in Massachusetts?

    You can take the knowledge exam as many times as needed to pass. You'll need to wait at least 2 weeks between retests.

    Is the MA RMV written knowledge test multiple choice?

    Yes.

    What should I bring to the Massachusetts RMV written knowledge test?

    Have your glasses or contact lenses, if you need them, as well as all of your required proofs of identity and residency, plus payment for your $35 permit application fee. If you're under 18 years old, have your parent or guardian there to co-sign your application.

    What's on the MA RMV written knowledge test?

    The Massachusetts permit exam will test you on topics such as road signs, state driving laws, right-of-way procedures, driving safety requirements, and more. You can find examples of topics in the Massachusetts Driver's Manual, as well as on free practice tests to help you prepare for your exam.

    Do I need an appointment for the RMV knowledge test in Massachusetts?

    Yes, appointments are required to take your permit test, even if you opt to take your exam online. At your appointment, the RMV agent will either administer your test or issue instructions on how to take it at home.

    Does the MA RMV provide written knowledge tests on Saturdays?

    Use the scheduling portal to see if an RMV branch near you has any Saturday appointment openings.

    What format can I take my test? (written, computer?)

    Your exam will be on a computer, either at the RMV office or from your home.

    Do I have to get a learner's permit if I'm over 18 years old?

    Yes all new drivers, regardless of age, must obtain a permit before getting a full MA driver's license.

    How do I schedule a driving exam?

    Schedule your road test using the RMV's online appointment system.

    What happens after I pass my permit test?

    After passing your MA permit exam, you'll either print your permit at home (if you took your test online), or an RMV agent will issue your permit (if you took your test in person). The next steps differ by your age:

    If you're under 18 years old, you'll need to pass an approved Massachusetts Driver Education Program that include at least:

    • 30 hours of classroom study. Your parent or guardian must join you for at least 2 hours of your instruction.
      • 18 hours of behind-the-wheel training, including 6 hours of in-car observation during another student's training session.

    You'll also need to hold your permit for at least 6 months, during which you'll complete the required 40 hours of behind-the-wheel practice. Your sponsor driver will need to complete the Supervised Driving Log to record your driving hours. Once the above requirements have been met, you can take your road skills exam for your provisional license.

    If you're over 18 years old, you'll need to practice driving until you feel confident enough behind the wheel to take your road test. There are no Driver's Ed requirements or minimum holding periods for adults with a learner's permit.

    Where can I take my permit test in MA?

    You can take your knowledge test either online from home, or in person at your RMV permit appointment.

    What should I do if I failed my MA road test?

    If you fail your first driving test attempt, you'll need to wait at least 2 weeks before you can test again. Practice the skills you failed with your supervising driver until you feel comfortable coming back for you a retest.

    When can I retake my MA driving exam if I failed?

    You'll need to wait at least 2 weeks before you're eligible to retest.

    Do I have to wait to retake my written test if I fail?

    If you fail your exam, you'll receive instructions on how and when you'll be allowed to retest. You'll also need to pay the testing fee again.

    What happens if I don't pass my written test?

    If you fail your exam, you'll receive instructions on how and when you'll be allowed to retest. You'll also need to pay the testing fee again.

    How long can I drive in MA with my out-of-state license if I am a visitor?

    If you're simply visiting Massachusetts, you can drive with your out-of-state license throughout your stay, as long as you maintain residency elsewhere. If you establish residency within the state, you must exchange your out-of-state license for a Massachusetts driver's license as soon as possible there is no grace period.

    Will my out-of-state permit be accepted in Massachusetts?

    No, you will need to exchange your out-of-state permit for a Massachusetts learner's permit.

    If I am moving to MA from another state, do I need to pass an MA driving test?

    • You do not need to take a road test if:
      • Your out-of-state unrestricted driver's license has been expired for less than 1 year.
      • You're converting a provisional license AND:
        • You've completed an out-of-state driver education course that meets Massachusetts' minimum requirements, OR you've completed a MA driver education program.
        • You've completed the required practice driving hours and your supervising driver can submit a certified statement to the fact.
    • You must take a road test if:
      • Your out-of-state license has expired for more than 1 year.

    When is the deadline to get an MA license after I move?

    You must obtain a Massachusetts license immediately after establishing residency in the state there is no grace period.

    How many questions do I need to answer correctly in order to pass?

    You must answer 18 of the 25 total questions on the exam correctly.

    How many questions are on the MA permit test?

    There are 25 questions on the test. You must answer 18 of them correctly to pass.

    How many questions can you miss on the MA RMV written knowledge test?

    You can miss up to 7 questions.

    If I take the permit test online, do I still need to go to the RMV?

    Yes. Before you take your online MA permit exam, you must visit an RMV Service Center to submit all of your required documents and have your vision screened. The RMV agent will give in you instructions on how to access your online permit test.

    If I take my permit exam online, do I need to go back to the RMV to pick up my learner's permit?

    No. You'll receive instructions on how to print your permit from home.

    How To Get A Massachusetts Driver’s License

    Learning to drive is exciting, but it’s also a huge responsibility. The Massachusetts Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) requires potential drivers to complete training and demonstrate knowledge and skills behind the wheel before allowing them the privilege of driving with no restrictions. This is required for new drivers, or drivers that have NOT held a valid license for 1 year or longer.

    The requirements to obtain a MA driver’s license will vary slightly based on whether you are a minor or adult.

    MA Learner’s Permit Requirements for Minors

    If you’re under 18 years old, you must first obtain a learner’s permit before graduating to a driver’s license. You must be at least 16 years old to get your permit. To apply, you’ll need to:

    1. Fill out a Driver’s License, Learner’s Permit or ID Card Application (form LIC 100). You can start your application online to save time.
      1. If you’re under 18 years old, your parent/guardian must sign your application to signal their consent. Any guardian other than your parent must also show proper documentation of their eligibility to sign for you.
    2. Make an appointment with your local RMV Service Center.
    3. Submit proof of your:
      1. Identity and U.S. citizenship.
      2. Social Security number.
      3. Massachusetts residency.
        1. Your documents will differ slightly based on whether you want a REAL ID or a standard driver’s license (the REAL ID is highly recommended). Check out the RMV’s guide to acceptable documents for help.
    4. Pass a vision screening and a knowledge test.
    5. Have your photo taken.
    6. Pay the $30 permit application fee.

    You can opt to take your knowledge exam in person at the RMV, or online before you visit to submit your application and required documents. If you take your exam in person, your permit will be issued by an RMV agent after you pass. If you take your exam online, you’ll still need to first visit the RMV Service Center to submit your application, verify your identity, and take your vision exam; then, you’ll receive instructions on how to take your online test. Once you pass, you’ll be able to print your learner’s permit at home. The RMV offers a guide to online exams.

    Your permit will be valid for 2 years, and you’ll need to hold it for at least 6 months before you can apply for your junior driver’s license. With your permit, you may only drive under the following conditions:

    • You must have a supervising driver who is at least 21 years old and has held their own driver’s license for at least 1 year.
    • Your supervisor must sit in the passenger seat next to you at all times.
    • If you’re under 18 years old, you may NOT drive between 12:00 AM and 5:00 AM unless you’re with your parent or legal guardian who meets the above qualifications.

    During this time, you’ll also need to complete a state-approved Massachusetts Driver’s Education course. This program must consist of:

    • 30 hours of classroom lessons.
    • 18 hours of driver’s training, broken down into:
      • 12 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction
      • 6 hours of observation sitting in on another student’s behind-the-wheel instruction
    • A final exam, which you’ll need to pass before it’s electronically submitted to the RMV.

    Your parent or guardian must join you for 2 hours of instruction in your Driver’s Ed course, unless they have themselves completed a course within the last 5 years. Along with your MA Driver’s Ed course, you’ll also have to practice driving with a supervising adult driver. This should equal:

    • 40 hours of supervised behind-the-wheel practice, OR
    • 30 hours of supervised practice, if you also complete a driver skills development program (an advanced form of driver’s education).

    Your parent/guardian can log your hours on the Supervised Driving Log.

    Minor’s Massachusetts Driver’s License Requirements

    You can apply for your provisional driver’s license, called a Junior Operator License (JOL) in Massachusetts, once you’ve turned 16 years and 6 months old. Before you can take your road test, you’ll also need to have

    • Held your permit for 6 months without any moving violations
    • Completed your driver’s education course (30 hours) and in-car driver’s training (18 hours—12 of in-car instruction, 6 of in-car observation).
    • Completed your required practice hours (40 hours) with your parent/guardian.

    When you’re ready, schedule your road test online. You’ll need to provide your:

    • Learner’s permit number.
    • Name and birth date.
    • Social Security number.
    • Payment for your $35 road test fee.
      • You can also pay your $50 license fee at the same time, or you can pay it after you pass your road test.

    At your road test, you’ll need to bring:

    • Your learner’s permit.
    • The registration for the vehicle you’ll be testing in.
    • A completed Class D or M Road Test Application (form RDT103), signed by your parent/guardian if you’re under 18 years old. Any guardian other than your parent must also show proper documentation of their eligibility to sign for you.
    • Your completed Supervised Driving Log.
    • A driver’s education certificate of completion, if your course didn’t electronically submit one to the RMV.
    • A supervising driver who is at least 21 years old, with at least 1 year of experience behind the wheel. They must bring their driver’s license to show the examiner.

    Once you pass your road test, if you’ve already paid your licensing fees, your examiner will stamp your learner’s permit and it will automatically become your temporary Junior Operating License (JOL). Your permanent license will arrive in the mail within 7 to 10 days. If you haven’t yet paid for your license, you’ll have 60 days to do so.

    If you fail your first attempt at your road test, you’ll need to wait at least 2 weeks before you can try again. You’re allowed a total of 6 attempts to pass within a period of 12 months.

    With your MA Junior Operating License, you can only drive under the following provisions:

    • For the first 6 months, you may not have any passengers under 18 years old unless you are accompanied by your parent or guardian.
    • You may not drive between 12:30 AM and 5 AM unless you’re accompanied by your parent or guardian.
    • You may not use a cell phone or hands-free device while driving, unless it is to contact emergency services.

    At 18 years old, your restrictions will fall off and your JOL will now be considered a full, unrestricted driver’s license.

    Driver’s License/Permit Requirements for New Adult Drivers in MA

    If you are 18 years old or older but have never held a driver’s license before in any state, you must first obtain a learner’s permit. Unlike minor applicants, however, you do NOT need to:

    • Complete driver’s education.
    • Complete driver’s training.

    You’ll still need to pass a knowledge exam followed by a road test once you’ve earned your permit.

    To apply for your MA driver’s permit:

    1. Fill out a Driver’s License, Learner’s Permit or ID Card Application (form LIC 100). You can start your application online to save time.
    2. Make an appointment with your local RMV Service Center.
    3. Submit proof of your:
      1. Identity and U.S. citizenship.
      2. Social Security number.
      3. Massachusetts residency.
        1. Your documents will differ slightly based on whether you want a REAL ID or a standard driver’s license (the REAL ID is highly recommended). Check out the RMV’s guide to acceptable documents for help.
    4. Pass a vision screening and a knowledge test.
    5. Have your photo taken.
    6. Pay the $30 permit application fee.

    You can choose to take your knowledge exam online before you visit the RMV, or in person when you submit your application and required documents. If you take your exam online, you must first visit an RMV location to submit your application, verify your identity, and take your vision exam; then, you’ll receive instructions on how to take your online test. Once you pass, you’ll be able to print your learner’s permit at home. See the RMVs guide to online testing for more information.

    If you take your exam at the RMV, you’ll receive your permit from an RMV agent after you pass.

    Road Test Requirements for Adults in MA

    As an adult, the MA RMV doesn’t require you to hold your learner’s permit for a specific length of time, like teens must, nor do you have to practice a designated number of hours before you can take your road test. However, it’s highly recommended that you get enough practice in with a supervising driver so that you feel confident for your driving skills exam. While driving with a permit in Massachusetts, you must have a licensed adult driver with you in the passenger’s seat at all times.

    When you feel you are ready, you can take the driving skills test to obtain your unrestricted license. You can schedule your road test online. You’ll need to provide your:

    • Learner’s permit number.
    • Name and birth date.
    • Social Security number.
    • Payment for your $35 road test fee.
      • You can also pay your $50 license fee at the same time, or you can pay it after you pass your road test.

    At your road test, make sure to have with you:

    • Your learner’s permit.
    • A vehicle to test in, along with its valid registration.
    • A completed Class D or M Road Test Application (form RDT103).
    • A sponsor who is at least 21 years old, with at least 1 year of experience behind the wheel. They must bring their driver’s license to show the examiner.

    If you’ve already paid your licensing fees, your examiner will stamp your learner’s permit and it will automatically become your temporary driver’s license. Your permanent license will arrive in the mail within 7 to 10 days. If you haven’t yet paid for your license, you’ll have 60 days to do so.

    If you fail your first attempt at your road test, you’ll need to wait at least 2 weeks before you can try again. You’re allowed a total of 6 attempts to pass within a period of 12 months.

    Driver’s License Requirements for New Massachusetts Residents

    If you hold an out-of-state license and move to Massachusetts, you must immediately apply for your Massachusetts driver’s license—the state doesn’t offer any grace period.

    Unlike many other states, Massachusetts does allow you to transfer an out-of-state learner’s permit, as well as a provisional license.

    Transferring an Out-of-State Permit to Massachusetts

    To qualify for conversion to a Massachusetts learner’s permit, you’ll need to meet the following provisions:

    • Your learner’s permit must have been issued within the last 2 years.
    • You’ll need to meet all Massachusetts identification requirements.
    • You must provide a certified driving record dated within the last 30 days.
    • If you’re under 18 years old, your parent or guardian will need to sign your application form.

    Follow the steps outlined above for obtaining a MA learner’s permit based on whether you’re a minor or an adult. You won’t have to take the permit exam, but be prepared to pay the $35 permit fee.

    Your new Massachusetts permit will be dated based on the original issue date from your previous state, and the time you’ve held it will count toward the 6-month holding requirement (applicable for those under 18 years old).

    Transferring an Out-of-State Junior/Provisional License to Massachusetts

    In order to convert your provisional or junior license from your previous state to a Massachusetts junior operator license (JOL), there are a few prerequisites you’ll have to meet.

    • If you took an out-of-state driver’s education course, it must meet Massachusetts’ minimum requirements for classroom and in-car training hours.
    • If you did not take Driver’s Ed, or your out-of-state course doesn’t meet the RMV’s minimum requirements, you’ll need to complete a Massachusetts driver education course.
    • You must also have completed the required practice hours behind the wheel with a supervising driver who can sign a statement to that fact.
      • Requirements for both Driver’s Ed and practice hours are outlined above in the section on applying for a minor’s driver license.
    • You’ll need a certified driving record dated within the last 30 days.

    Under most circumstances, you will not be required to retake the driving skills exam. When you’re ready to apply, make an appointment at an RMV service center and:

    1. Complete a Driver’s License, Learner’s Permit or ID Card Application (form LIC 100). You can start your application online to save time.
    2. Provide your out-of-state license.
    3. Submit the required proofs of:
      1. Identity and lawful presence.
      2. Social Security number.
      3. Massachusetts residency.
        1. Your documents will differ slightly based on whether you want a REAL ID or a standard driver’s license (the REAL ID is highly recommended). Check out the RMV’s guide to acceptable documents for help.
    4. Provide either your out-of-state driver education certificate, or proof of completion for a MA driver’s education course.
    5. Submit a certified statement from your parent/guardian that you’ve completed the required driving practice hours.
    6. Submit your certified driving record.
    7. Have your photo taken.
    8. Pay the $115 conversion fee.

    Your driving record will dictate whether you fall under Massachusetts’ passenger restriction for licensees under 18 years old. If you’ve had your out-of-state license for at least 6 months without any moving violations or suspensions, you won’t have to adhere to the passenger restriction.

    Transferring an Out-of-State Unrestricted License to Massachusetts

    If you have a full, unrestricted out-of-state driver’s license, the process of converting it to a MA driver’s license is relatively simple. Gather the following documents:

    • Your out-of-state driver’s license, current or expired for under 1 year.
      • If you don’t have your license, you’ll need a certified driving record dated within the last 30 days.
    • A completed Driver’s License, Learner’s Permit or ID Card Application (form LIC 100). You can start your application online to save time.
    • Proof of your:
      • Identity and lawful presence.
      • Social Security number.
      • Massachusetts residency.
        • Your documents will differ slightly based on whether you want a REAL ID or a standard driver’s license (the REAL ID is highly recommended). Check out the RMV’s guide to acceptable documents for help.

    Make an appointment with an RMV Service Center and bring all of the above. If your license has been expired for over 1 year, you’ll also be required to:

    • Undergo a vision screening.
    • Take the RMV knowledge exam.
    • Pass the on-road driving skills test.

    Massachusetts RMV Motorcycle Permit & License Info

    MA Motorcycle Permit Requirements

    All new motorcycle riders in Massachusetts must obtain a motorcycle permit before getting your MA motorcycle license. You must be at least 16 years old to apply.

    To obtain a motorcycle instruction permit, you must:

    1. Fill out a Driver’s License, Learner’s Permit or ID Card Application (form LIC 100).
      1. If you’re under 18 years old, your parent/guardian must sign your application to signal their consent. Any guardian other than your parent must also show proper documentation of their eligibility to sign for you.
      2. You can start your application online to save time.
    2. Make an appointment with your local RMV Service Center.
    3. Submit proof of your:
      1. Identity and U.S. citizenship.
      2. Social Security number.
      3. Massachusetts residency.
        1. Your documents will differ slightly based on whether you want a REAL ID or a standard driver’s license (the REAL ID is highly recommended). Check out the RMV’s guide to acceptable documents for help.
    4. Pass a vision screening and a knowledge test.
    5. Have your photo taken.
    6. Pay the $30 permit application fee.

    With your permit, you’ll need to adhere to the following restrictions:

    • You can ride only between sunrise and sunset.
    • You may not carry any passengers.
    • You must have DOT-approved helmet on at all times.
    • You must wear protective eyewear unless your motorcycle has a windshield.
    • You must be accompanied by a supervising rider who is at least 21 years old.

    If you’re under 18 years old, you must also:

    • Hold your permit for a minimum of 6 months before applying for your motorcycle license.
    • Complete your required MA driver’s education program and practice hours, if you haven’t yet obtained your standard permit or junior operator license.
    • Take the Massachusetts Rider Education Program (MREP). This allows you to bypass the road test for your motorcycle license.

    For riders over 18 years old, there’s no minimum permit holding period. Additionally, the MREP isn’t required, but it’s highly recommended. If you don’t complete a rider course, you’ll need to take the motorcycle road test to obtain your license.

    MA Motorcycle License Requirements

    Once you’ve practiced with your permit, you can schedule your road test with the RMV. If you’re under 18 years old, you were required to take a Massachusetts Rider Education Program (MREP), which includes a road test at the end of the course. Therefore, you can bypass the road test portion of your application process.

    If you are 18 years old or older, you are NOT required to take a motorcycle training course to get your motorcycle license, but it’s highly recommended. If you do, you can also bypass the road test, as one will be included as part of your Massachusetts Rider Education Program.

    If you passed an MREP course:

    1. Make an appointment with an RMV Service Center.
    2. Show your proof of ID and lawful presence.
    3. Submit your motorcycle permit.
    4. Pay the $50 Class M motorcycle license fee, or the $15 endorsement fee (if adding it to an existing license).

    If you’re taking a road test with the RMV:

    1. Make a motorcycle road test appointment.
    2. Provide a completed Class D or M Road Test Application (form RDT103).
    3. Submit your motorcycle permit.
    4. Bring a vehicle that meets all safety requirements, along with its registration and insurance.
    5. Pay the applicable fees:
      1. Road testing fee: $35
      2. Class M motorcycle license: $50
      3. Motorcycle endorsement (on existing license): $15

    If you fail your first attempt at your road skills exam, you’ll need to wait another 2 weeks before retesting.

    Massachusetts CDL Requirements

    Massachusetts CDL Requirements

    To drive a commercial vehicle in Massachusetts, you must be at least 18 years old. To drive across state lines or to carry hazardous materials you must be at least 21 years old.

    Regardless of age, to get your commercial driver’s license (CDL), you must first:

    1. Have a standard Class D license.
    2. Obtain and hold a commercial learner’s permit (CLP) for at least 2 weeks.

    To get your CLP:

    1. Begin your commercial learner permit application online.
    2. Make an appointment with your local RMV Service Center.
    3. Provide your proof of:
      1. Name and lawful presence.
      2. Social Security number.
      3. Massachusetts residency.
        1. Your documents will differ slightly based on whether you want a REAL ID or a standard driver’s license (the REAL ID is highly recommended). Check out the RMV’s guide to acceptable documents for help.
    4. Provide a completed CDL Self-Certification Form (LIC103). You can also fill out your form online.
    5. Provide a completed:
      1. Medical Examination Report Form (MCSA-5875).
      2. Medical Examiner’s Certificate (MCSA-5876) filled out by a medical professional).
    6. Take the commercial learner’s permit exam, along with any other exams that pertain to specific CDL endorsements you’re applying for.
    7. Pay the $30 written test fee, plus those for any applicable endorsements.

    Your CLP will be valid for 180 days, during which time you can practice for your commercial driver’s license road test.

    1. Schedule your road test online.
    2. Complete the CDL Road Test Application (form RDT104).
    3. Bring a sponsor who:
      1. Is at least 21 years old.
      2. Has a current DOT medical card.
      3. Has a current commercial driver’s license with the applicable endorsements for the CDL you’re applying for.
    4. Bring a vehicle representative of the class and type you’ll be driving, which meets all safety standards.

    The RMV offers a guide to your CDL skills exam. Once you pass your test, you’ll receive your MA commercial driver’s license.