All Massachusetts drivers must hold a driver’s license. This guide will help you through the licensing process, but remember – if you need additional guidance, the Massachusetts RMV will be able to provide up to date guidance throughout the process.
How To Proceed
Do You Meet the Requirements?Since getting a MA drivers license can be kind of tricky, it is important to make sure that you meet the requirements before spending a lot of time in line at the RMV. Before starting the process make sure that you meet the minimum qualifications first. Some requirements to keep in mind are that you have to be at least 16.5 years old. You also must meet minimum medical standards and pass a permit, vision and driving test.
Gather the Necessary DocumentationYou will need to prove your identity, residency and social security number before you can apply for drivers permit and start practicing. You might find that you have misplaced or lost necessary documents, so start gathering them up several weeks before you plan on applying for your permit. This will give you time to order duplicates of documents if necessary.
Study the Massachusetts Drivers HandbookAll of the information that you will need to pass your knowledge test can be found in the Massachusetts driver handbook. You can find a copy of this online at the Massachusetts RMV website or at a local office. Pick up a copy and start studying. As a driver you will be responsible for all of the information in the manual, so make sure that you read it from cover to cover. Be aware that changes can occur and update yourself at least once a year about new driving regulations to avoid potential tickets.
Take a MA Permit Practice TestOnce you are comfortable with the information in the handbook, you can test your knowledge by taking a Massachusetts permit practice test. It might be tempting to skip this step, but make sure that you do not. Failing the knowledge test will only result in delays and additional fees. If you want to get your license as quickly and as easily as possible, taking a practice test, or two, is very important.
Fill Out The Necessary PaperworkIf you are over 18 you will
need at least 3 forms of ID before you can apply for your permit. One will prove your date of birth, another your signature and finally you must prove your residency. You must also bring your social security card. If you are 17 or under your parent must also come along to sign your application. You will pay your fees at this time. Fees can be paid by cash, check, credit card or debit card. Your fee for the permit will be $30 and the road test and learners license will be $20. You can pay both at this time or can wait to pay the additional $20 at a later time online.
Take the Massachusetts RMV Permit TestNext you will take your written knowledge test. Your Massachusetts RMV permit test will consist of multiple choice questions about traffic safety and driving in MA.
Get Your MA Drivers PermitIf you pass the permit test, you can receive your permit. This will allow you to practice driving in Massachusetts with a licensed driver.
Start Practicing with a Licensed DriverMake sure that you take advantage of the opportunity to practice since it will be essential in being able to pass your test. You must always have a licensed driver in the car with you in the front passenger seat. Practice in a variety of weather conditions and during the day and night. This will allow you to adequately prepare for when you are in the car alone.
Take the Massachusetts Driving TestYou will need to schedule an appointment for your behind the wheel test. You can do this by contacting the RMV. When you come to take your test you will need a licensed and registered vehicle. Since you don’t have a license yet, make sure that someone else brings you to the test. You will be demonstrating various driving skills including backing up, parking and changing lanes during this test. If you pass, you can receive your license.
Receive Your New License
Once you have met these requirements and passed the required tests you can receive your first MA drivers license. Pick it up from the RMV and start driving. Remember that driving carefully will help you to avoid tickets, accidents and injury.