Learner's permit restrictions
The holder of a learner's permit may operate a motor vehicle upon any way when accompanied by an operator duly licensed by his state of residence, who is 21 years of age or over, who has had at least one year of driving experience and who is occupying a seat beside the driver.
- A permit holder who is under the age of 18 may not operate a motor vehicle between the hours of 12 a.m. (midnight) and 5 a.m. unless accompanied by his parent or legal guardian, who must be a licensed operator with at least one year of driving experience and whose license or right to operate is not revoked or suspended.
- The holder of a learner's permit may not operate in another state if it is in violation of that state's law.
- The holder of a motorcycle learner's permit (Class M) may not carry passengers and may not operate after sunset or before sunrise.
- The holder of a learner's permit must be in physical possession of the permit when operating a motor vehicle.
Driver's education requirements
Completion of a licensed professional driver’s education program is required of all Class D & M license applicants under the age of 18 in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. To be eligible for a driver education certificate, a student must complete the following two program components:
- Classroom instruction consisting of a minimum of 30 hours for the purpose of educating and familiarizing students with Massachusetts motor vehicle law and of safe and proper operation of a motor vehicle.
- Motor vehicle on-road instruction consisting of 18 hours of instruction in a driving training motor vehicle including a minimum of 12 hours of actual behind-the-wheel instruction and 6 hours of observation while another student is taking behind-the-wheel instruction.
Driver's license requirements
Below are the requirements for applicants between the ages of 16½ and 18 to obtain a driver's license:
- Have a valid learner's permit for at least six consecutive months before taking the road test. (Any suspension will invalidate the permit and the six months will start to run anew when the suspension is lifted.)
- Maintain a clean driving record for at least 6 consecutive months before taking the road test.
- Successfully complete a Registrar-approved driver education and training program, which includes 30 hours of classroom instruction; 12 hours of in-car, behind-the-wheel training; and six hours of in-car experience observing other student drivers.
- Complete at least an additional 40 hours of supervised, behind-the-wheel driving as shown by a certified statement provided by a parent or guardian.
- The RMV will accept 30 hours of driving supervised by a parent or guardian if the applicant completed a driver skills development program.
- A parent or guardian must participate in 2 hours of instruction on the driver’s education curriculum (unless they have participated within the past five years).
- Pass a final exam to have a driver’s education certificate electronically filed with RMV.
Parents and guardians
The Parent’s Supervised Driving Program for Massachusetts is designed to improve teen driver safety by providing parents and guardians with a methodical approach to teaching the requisite driving skills. Refer to the link below for more information.