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Get a Drivers License in Massachusetts

First-time drivers of any age must pass a road test to land a Massachusetts drivers license. Plus, you can only schedule a road test if you have a learner’s permit.

Make a Road Test Appointment at the MD MVA

You must schedule an appointment to take a road test with an RMV examiner. You can either call or go online to book a road test appointment. Those who are eligible to schedule online can also pay the required fees online with a credit card, and avoid making a trip back to an RMV branch office after you pass.

Teens Between 16 years old and 18 years old

Before you can schedule a road test, you must complete drivers ed, pass a final exam and have a drivers education certificate electronically on file with the RMV from a Registrar-approved high school program or licensed driving school.

Find Your Local RMV Office

B) Gather Required Documents and Massachusetts License Fees

Be prepared to provide the following on test day:

  • A completed road test application; if you are younger than 18 years old your parent or guardian must fill out the parental consent section
  • Your current Massachusetts learner’s permit
  • A qualified sponsor* (see the Sponsor Requirements section of the Massachusetts Driver’s Manual for more)
  • An acceptable, properly equipped and legally registered vehicle for your road test* (see the Passenger Vehicle Requirements section of the manual above)
  • Proper fees

*If you went the route of a licensed driver training school, you can use a school vehicle for your road test and a school instructor as your test sponsor. Otherwise, an examiner will inspect the vehicle you provide for the road test to ensure it is safe, clean, properly registered and in good working order.

C) Take the Road Test

With your required documents and fees in hand, head to your appointment early. If you are late, the state will not administer the test to you and will still charge you the road test fees.

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