Massachusetts Learner's Permit

Wondering what the next step is after completing your Drivers Ed course? All you have to do is follow a few easy steps to apply for your Massachusetts learner’s permit. You must:

Massachusetts Learner's Permit

Here's what you need to do to obtain your learner's permit in Massachusetts. Before you head to your local RMV office, you should download this form to save time and study the handbook so you have a better chance of passing the tests.


Receive your Massachusetts learners permit application.

Once you turn 16 you can get your learner’s permit. Make sure that you study the manual before you go for your test. In order to obtain your learner's permit, follow these steps:

  • Complete the application for your license, which you can get online or at the branch. 
  • If under 18, have a parent or guardian sign the application.
  • Pay a $30 fee for the written test
  • Complete a vision test
  • Get at least 18 of 25 questions correct for passing grade on written test

Note: Bring medical documentation if you have a disability.

Documentation Needed for Learner's Permit

A full list of documents is available here.

If you are under 18 years of age, you’ll need:

  • One document proving date of birth
  • Parental consent
  • SSN number that can be verified

If you are 18 or older, you'll need to prove your Massechusetts residence, signature and date of birth. The following documents can be used:

  • Employment Authorization card
  • SSN number
  • U.S. Citizen Identification card
  • Record of departure in your passport
  • Certificate of Citizenship
  • Non-Resident Alien Canadian Border Crossing card
  • Temporary Resident Identification card
  • Resident Alien card
  • Certificate of naturalization
  • Permanent Resident Re-Entry Permit
  • Refugee Travel document

Other Documents can include:

  • Personal check that's canceled
  • Original copy of your foreign birth certificate
  • Current or expired identification card
  • Utility bill
  • Original school transcript, not more than 12 months old
  • Letterhead from your school authored by the principal to confirm you're a student

Learner's Permit Rules

Your Massachusetts learner's permit is valid for two years, and you can use it to practice for your driver's road test.

A licensed driver must be in the passenger seat with you when driving with your learner's permit. The occupant must be at least 21 years of age and have a valid license with one year of driving experience

You can't drive between the hours of 12:00 am and 5:00 a.m. unless you're with a legal guardian or parent.

Road Test
To get your full license, you'll need to schedule a road test. You can take the test after you've held a learner's permit for six months. Just call the RMV Telephone Center weekdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and schedule the road test. From the 617/781 area codes call (617) 351-4500; from the 413/508/978 area codes call (800) 858-3926.

Find out more about drivers education in Massachusetts here.