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How to Apply for a New Driver's License in Massachusetts

Types of Massachusetts Drivers Licenses

You can obtain a variety of licenses in the state of Massachusetts. These include the:

  • Class A License: Which allows drivers to operate a combination of vehicles whose weight totals 26,001 pounds or more.
  • Class B License: Which allows drivers to operate a single vehicle that weighs 26,001 pounds or more.
  • Class C License: Which allows drivers to operate vehicles that transport hazardous materials or at least 16 passengers.
  • Class D License: Which allows drivers to operate vehicles that weigh 26,000 pounds or less. This is the most common MA drivers license, but its regulations do not apply to buses, tractors, semi-trailers or truck and trailer combinations.
  • Class M License: Which allows drivers to operate a motorcycle.

Information Related to New Driver's Licenses

Driving License Eligibility Requirements

In order to be able to apply for a license to drive in Massachusetts, you will have to meet the following qualifications:

  1. You must be a resident of Massachusetts.
  2. You must be at least 18 years of age or 16 ½ and have completed all Junior Operator License requirements.
  3. You must have an MA driving permit.
  4. You must pass a written knowledge test, a road skills test and a vision exam.

If you do not meet all of these eligibility requirements, and do not have an out-of-state driving license that you can transfer, then you will not be able to obtain a drivers license in Massachusetts.

Drivers Education

In Massachusetts, completion of a professional drivers ed program is required for all individuals under the age of 18 who are planning to submit a Class D or Class M drivers license application. These drivers education classes provide you with the background information you need to pass the driving test and be a safe driver in the state of Massachusetts. So register for drivers ed today.

Study Guides and Practice Tests

While driver training is the only preparation required of you when you go to apply for drivers license credentials in Massachusetts, there is a variety of other resources that you can employ to improve your chances on the written and road skills exam.
At DMV.com, our practice tests are the perfect supplement to your studies. They take questions straight from the Massachusetts Driver Handbook so that you can apply all of the knowledge you obtained from your drivers ed class. So, don't waste any more time waiting, and take a practice driving test now.

Massachusetts RMV Exams

If you have already practiced with a driving permit and taken drivers ed and multiple practice exams, you can begin the process to take your road skills test at a local RMV office. The steps you must follow include:

  • Scheduling your road test at the RMV by calling 857-368-8010.If you fail the exam, you will need to reschedule for another day.
  • Supplying a properly equipped vehicle that:
    • Is legally registered in Massachusetts
    • Has car insurance
    • Is equipped with an emergency break
  • Bringing a licensed sponsor who is at least 21 years old and has at least one year of driving experience.
  • Paying the $35 road test fee:
    • MA RMV accepts cash, checks and money orders in person

Once you have passed the driving test, you will have your picture taken and your permanent Massachusetts drivers license mailed to you.
On the other hand, if you have not received an MA learners permit, you must take and pass a written knowledge exam and vision test to obtain your learning permit first. After practicing with your permit, you will be able to begin applying for drivers license credentials.
A few points you should know about the written exam include the following:

  • You must answer 18 of the 25 questions correctly.
  • If you fail the exam, you will need to present proof of identification again upon your retake.
  • If you need to take an oral exam due to a cognitive or physical disability, you can contact the RMV for instructions on how to proceed. English is the only language in which oral exams are available.
  • You may obtain a copy of the driver's manual to prepare ahead of time.

Keep in mind that you will also need to pass a vision screening, which will test you on basic colors and field vision.

Car Insurance

As mentioned before, MA car insurance is required if you want to be able to take the driving exam in the state of Massachusetts. Auto insurance is also required if you want to be able to drive legally after you have obtained your driving license. If you do not get car insurance, and you are caught by a law enforcement officer, you will face serious penalties such as:

  • Traffic violation fines
  • Drivers license suspension
  • Car registration suspension

Locate an RMV Office

Obviously, you're excited about getting drivers license credentials in Massachusetts, but there is one thing that you cannot forget. Due to the fact that you are not allowed to obtain a drivers license online in Massachusetts, you must find a local RMV office to go to and apply in person. Fortunately, locating a Registry of Motor Vehicles office has never been easier with the help of DMVAdvisors.org. All you have to do is use our RMV locator.

How to Apply for a Drivers License in Massachusetts

The full steps necessary to obtain a full driving license in Massachusetts are as follows:

  1. Schedule your driving exam by calling 857-368-8010.
  2. Complete a Class D or M Road Test Application.
  3. Provide vehicle that has car registration and car insurance.
  4. Have a licensed sponsor who is at least 21 and has a year of driving experience.
  5. Pay the $35 driving test fee.
  6. Pass the driving test.
  7. Provide a stamped and signed Massachusetts learners permit.
  8. Submit a Class D, M, or D/M License and ID Card Application.
  9. Pay the $50 drivers license issue fee.
  10. For payments, the MA RMV accepts cash, checks and money orders.

In terms of documentation that the MA RMV requires, the necessary forms and proofs of identification vary depending on your age.
If you are 18 or older, you must bring:

  • One proof of birthdate (only originals, no certified copies):
    • U.S. passport or foreign passport if not a U.S. citizen.
    • Birth certificate
    • MA ID card
  • One proof of signature (only originals, no certified copies):
    • U.S. passport
    • MA ID card
    • Lease or loan contracts with name and signature
  • One proof of Massachusetts residency (only originals, no certified copies):
    • MA ID card
    • Home mortgage or lease
    • Utility bill
  • Social Security Number or an acceptable Denial Notice from the Social Security Administration.

On the other hand, if you are under the age of 18 and are applying for drivers license credentials through the Junior Operator License (JOL) program, you must bring:

  • One proof of birthdate (only originals, no certified copies):
    • U.S. passport
    • Birth certificate
    • MA ID card
  • A completed Class D, M, or D/M License and ID Card Application with parental consent.
  • Social Security Number or an acceptable Denial Notice from the Social Security Administration.

It is also important to remember that JOL drivers cannot operate a vehicle with passengers under the age of 18 during the first six months of having a JOL license. In addition, JOL drivers cannot operate a vehicle between 12:30 a.m. and 5 a.m. unless they are accompanied by a parent or guardian.

How to Apply for a Drivers License as a New Resident

If you have moved to Massachusetts from another state, you don't have to go through the same drivers license application process. Instead, you have the option of transferring your driving license when you become an MA resident. In order to do so, you will need to provide:

  • Your out-of-state driving license.
    • If your license is from Canada, Mexico or a U.S. territory, you will need a certified driving record that is no more than 30 days old.
    • If you do not have a picture on your license or do not have your drivers license anymore, you will need a photo ID and certified driving record.
  • Proof of your date of birth (only originals, no certified copies):
    • Out-of-state drivers license
    • Birth certificate
    • U.S. passport
  • Proof of your signature (only originals, no certified copies):
    • Marriage certificate
    • Loan documents
    • U.S. passport
  • Proof of your residency in Massachusetts (only originals, no certified copies):
    • Mortgage or rental agreement
    • Utility bill that is up to 60 days old
    • Home insurance policy
  • Your Social Security Number.
  • Payment of the $15 fee:
    • The MA RMV accepts cash, checks and money orders

Buying a Car

Since a license to drive cannot be used to its full potential without a vehicle, it is important for you to know the best way to buy a car. The first step to driving in the vehicle of your dreams is to ask yourself a variety of important questions:

  • Is your commute long?
  • Do you have a big family?
  • Are you a cautious driver?

All of these questions will help you narrow down what sort of vehicle is right for you. Once you have determined which type of vehicle you want to buy or lease, you can browse dealerships online or in person, and get the car that will let you fully enjoy your driving privileges.

Out-of-State Drivers

In the event you are leaving the state of Massachusetts to travel for a period of time, you do not have to worry about your MA drivers license remaining valid. As long as you do not establish residency in another state, your current Massachusetts driving privileges will remain active.
It is important to keep in mind that if you move to another state, the Department of Motor Vehicles within your new state of residence will require you to transfer your driving license within a certain number of days.

Military Personnel

If you are currently on active duty in the military, you will not be required to renew your license while stationed abroad. But, if you prefer, you may have a spouse or dependent complete the process on your behalf. To renew your license, they will need to submit a copy of your military ID and proper payment to the following address:

Driver Licensing
Registry of Motor Vehicles
P.O. Box 55889
Boston, MA 02205-5889    

Once you are back in Massachusetts, you will need to renew your expired license. The state grants you two months to do so.

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Reviews of How to Apply for a New Driver's License in Massachusetts

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is a passport with I94 and an SSN enough to apply for a driver's permit and ID ?

Where is the information on junior licenses? Specifically, curfews.

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