Apply for a passenger (Class D) learner's permit

To legally drive in Massachusetts, you must first apply for a learner's permit.

Contact

Registry of Motor Vehicles

Phone

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

From all other Massachusetts area codes

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The Details

What you need

To apply for a passenger (Class D) learner’s permit, you will need:

If you are under 18 years old:

  • 1 document proving date of birth
  • Parental consent on the Class D, M, or D/M License and ID Card Application
  • A Social Security number (SSN) that the RMV can verify with the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) as having been issued to you OR an acceptable Denial Notice from the SSA. If you present a Denial Notice, you must also present proof of acceptable visa status, an I-94 (Record of Arrival and Departure), and a current non-U.S. Passport.
  • All documents must be originals

If you are over 18, you will need the above documents, but instead of parental consent you will need documents to prove your signature and MA residency

See our list of acceptable identification documents

 

Fees

Name Fee Unit
Permit Application Fee $30 each

How to apply

Bring all required documents, fees, and the completed application to any RMV Service Center. At the time of your learner’s permit exam, you must also pass an eye screening for field vision and basic colors.

You can pay by cash, check, money order, credit card, and debit card. Since payment methods vary by location, check what’s accepted at the site you will be visiting.

Next steps

Obtaining a Class D driver's license

After you obtain a Class D learner’s permit, you must take and pass a Class D road test to obtain your driver’s license. If you are under 18 years of age, you must meet all junior operator requirements.

More info

To pass the learner’s permit test, you will need to answer 18 of 25 questions correctly.

Class D or M learner's permit exams are available in 34 languages. See the Class D Driver's Manual for list of languages.

To apply for your permit, you must have a valid immigration status for at least 12 months from the date of application. If your legal immigration status is less than 12 months, a hold will be placed on your record.

Parental consent

If you are under 18 years of age, you must obtain the written consent of a parent, guardian, child guardian division or boarding school headmaster. Written consent must be given by signing the Class D, M, or D/M License and ID Card Application. If the person giving consent is NOT a parent, proper documentation of authority must be shown at the time of the written test.

Alternative exam options

If you have a cognitive or physical disability that would prevent you from taking a standard learner’s permit exam through ATS, you may request an alternative extended time, paper, or oral exam. To request an extended time or paper exam, you must speak to the Service Center Manager when you visit the Service Center. To request an oral exam, please call (857) 368-8105 and leave a message that includes your name, your telephone number, the specifics of your request, and the RMV Full Service Center where you would like to take your oral exam. You will then be contacted by a Registry employee who will help you schedule an exam.

Oral exams are only available in English.

For oral exams, you must provide the Service Center Manager with written documentation that confirms the nature of your disability. This documentation may be a doctor's or social worker's letter, an individualized education plan (IEP), or a letter from a school on official letterhead. You will also need to provide all of the required identification documents.

An oral exam will only be provided if it has been scheduled in advance by calling the number above. Extended time and paper exams do not need to be scheduled in advance.

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

From all other Massachusetts area codes

For people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing (in Massachusetts)

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