Apply for a professional driving school license

Learn how to obtain a license to operate a professional driving school.

Registry of Motor Vehicles

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

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The Details

What you need

To get a driving school license, you need to:

  • Complete a driving school license application
  • Pay all fees, see our fee chart for more detail.
  • Pass an inspection of the driving school site
  • Submit a copy of the program of instruction including a written curriculum
  • Submit written proof of insurance
  • Provide a performance bond

Fees

For a complete list, see the schedule of fees.

How to apply

To get a professional driving school license:

  1. You must complete an application and mail it to:

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

  1. Pay all required fees;

  2. Pass an inspection of the driver education premises by the Registrar

  3. Submit a copy of the program of instruction that meets the program standards.  At the time of application, you must submit a written course curriculum. The curriculum must include standards as established by the Registrar.  The curriculum must include a description of each of the skills you will each.   It must also include an explanation of the method and sequence by which you will teach them.

  4. You must submit written proof of insurance as required by 540 CMR 23.04(3)(c).

  5. You must provide a performance bond, acceptable to the Registrar in the amount of:

  • $10,000 for a Driver Education Provider with one location

  • $25,000 for a Driver Education Provider with up to three locations

  • $50,000 for a Driver Education Provider with more than three locations

The Registrar will hold the bond to provide reimbursement to students and/or parents in the event that:

  • The program ceases to function and fails to provide, or

  • Complete the contracted instruction.

More info

Each applicant (and any other person who has a financial interest in the business) is subject to a criminal record check.

If you are applying as a business, see 540 CMR 23 for additional requirements.

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

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