Massachusetts Drivers License Steps
In an effort to reduce the number of accidents that involve teen driver, the state of Massachusetts has initiated a Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) program, through this program, first-time drivers must reach certain milestones prior to getting their full driver’s license. Obtaining your Mass learner’s permit is the first steps on your path to your Massachusetts driver’s license.
Massachusetts Learner’s Permit
You must be at least 16 year to obtain a Massachusetts Learner’s Permit. For you to apply you will need to visit your local RMV branch office and present the following documents:
- An original birth certificate
- Proof of MA residency.
- Provide your Social Security number.
- Submit the Class D, M, or D/M License and ID Card Application (Form T21042); it must be signed by your parent or guardian.
- Pay the $30 application fee and permit exam
In addition, you will have to pass a written test and a vision exam. Your learner’s permit is valid for two years, after which if you want to renew, you must pay the $30 fee and retake a written exam.
With your Massachusetts Learner’s Permit you must adhere to the following restrictions: you can only drive a passenger vehicle, you must be supervised by a licensed driver who is at least 21 years, you are not allowed to drive between midnight and 5 a.m. and you may not drive outside Massachusetts.
Massachusetts Junior Operator License (JOL)
To obtain your Junior Operator License, you must be at least 16 ½ years old, have had your learner’s permit for more than 6 months, successfully completed a state-approved MA Driver’s Ed program and have satisfied the 40 hours of supervised driving requirement.
To obtain your JOL schedule a road test at your nearest RMV office and Submit the Class D, M, or D/M License and ID Card Application (Form T21042), signed by your parents, submit your learner’s license and pay the $50 license fee and $35 road test fee. Before you take your behind-the-wheel road test, you will be required to provide proof of insurance, registration and vehicle inspection for the vehicle you will be testing in. Your Junior Operator License will be valid for a period of 5 years.