Apply for a Class D (passenger) driver's license

You may apply for a Class D license if you are at least 18 years old and have a valid Class D permit. You may also apply if you are 16 1/2 years old and have successfully completed all JOL requirements.

Registry of Motor Vehicles

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From area codes 339, 617, 781, and 857, or from outside Massachusetts

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What you need

Vehicle Requirements for Class D Road Tests

For all road tests, you must supply an equipped, registered and insured vehicle.  It must have a valid inspection sticker. The vehicle must be acceptable to the examiner. The examiner must be able to reach the vehicle's emergency brake or foot brake.  You cannot use a vehicle with a center console that does not have an emergency brake as part of the console.

If you are renting the vehicle, you must provide the following on the rental company's letterhead:

  • The rental agreement
  • Written permission for road test

Sponsor Requirements

You must bring a sponsor who:

  • is at least 21 years old
  • has at least 1 year of driving experience
  • possesses a valid driver's license issued by his/her home state

Foreign license holders are not eligible to be sponsors.

If you are under 18 years of age, you must have parental consent.

Sample Class D License

Fees

For a complete list of road test fees, see the schedule of fees.

Name Fee Unit
Class D (5 year) license $50 each
License/Learner's Application and Road Test (for all classes) $35 each

How to apply

Once you have passed the written permit test and completed all necessary JOL requirements, you may schedule a road test online.  You cannot schedule a road test at an RMV service center.

You can pay Class D or M road test and license fees online using the pay your road test/license fees transaction.  You can do this before or after you pass the road test and will eliminate the need to visit an RMV service center.

You can use our automated phone system to schedule a road test by calling (857) 368-8010. You cannot schedule a road test at an RMV service center.

Next steps

Obtaining your license

After you pass your road test and pay all your fees, the RMV will stamp your permit in the validation section. Your permit will immediately serve as a temporary license until you receive your permanent license.

If you have not already paid the fees, you must either pay them online or at an RMV service center.  If you go to a service center to do this, you will need:

More info

Licensed Massachusetts drivers between 16 1/2 and 18 years of age may not operate a vehicle between the hours of 12:30 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Also, you may not operate a vehicle requiring a commercial driver's license.

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From area codes 339, 617, 781, and 857, or from outside Massachusetts

From all other Massachusetts area codes

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