This Step: Get a Learner Permit
Get a Learner Permit in Massachusetts
Teens 16 and older can apply for a Class D learner’s permit by taking the following steps. With a permit, you can legally practice driving in preparation for your road test.
A) Ace a Few DMV Practice Permit Tests
Prepare for the written exam by taking multiple online practice permit tests before heading to a nearby Massachusetts Bureau of Motor Vehicles branch. Sample test questions cover topics you’ll find on the actual MA learner’s permit exam.
In addition to passing some practice tests, thoroughly study the Massachusetts Driver’s Manual until you feel prepared enough to breeze through the actual Registry of Motor Vehicles permit test.
B) Gather Required Documents and Massachusetts Permit Fees
You must provide the following to the state as well as take the written permit exam and vision test at a full-service MA RMV branch. For more info on the requirements below, download this list of acceptable documents.
- A completed learner’s permit application (signed by your parent or guardian if you are younger than 18)
- Verifiable Social Security number (or denial notice with visa, I-94 and current non-U.S. Passport
- One document proving your date of birth
- One document proving your signature (if you are 18 or older)
- Proof of Massachusetts residency (if you are 18 or older)
- Proper fees
Prepaying Your License and Road Test Fees
When applying for a learner’s permit, you can prepay your driver’s license and road test fees. That way, after you pass the road test you will not need to visit an RMV branch; the state will automatically send your driver’s license to you.
C) Take the Massachusetts Learners Permit Test
With the above requirements in hand, walk in to a nearby full-service MA RMV branch. Here you will take a 25 question multiple choice permit exam and a vision test (or you can submit an RMV vision screening certificate from your medical practitioner). You must correctly answer 18 questions within 25 minutes to pass. Once you pass both tests, you’ll receive a Massachusetts learner’s permit valid for two years.