About Driver Education

Driver education promotes and teaches safe driving attitudes, defensive driving skills, and respect for the rules of the road. It prepares students for the Registry of Motor Vehicles license exam; and it strives to prevent or reduce accidents and fatalities that involve young drivers.

Age requirements:

  • 15 years, 9 months: Teenagers are allowed to begin a Drivers’ Education class at 15 years, 9 months.  (A Learner’s Permit is not required to begin class instruction).
  • 16 years: At 16, a student may go to their nearest RMV and take both a Learner’s Permit test and a vision test to obtain their Learner’s Permit.  The Learner’s Permit test has 25 questions and students must get 18 questions correct to pass.  The cost of the test is $30 and students must provide proof of identification and proof of their social security number, as well as Massachusetts Residency.
  • 16 1/2 years: Students must have their learner’s permit for a minimum of six months before they can test for their license AND a Driver Education Certificate if under 18.
  • 18 years: Legal age to schedule your road test without a Driver Education Certificate.

Driver Education with Concord-Carlisle Adult & Community Education includes:

  • 2 hour parent/guardian class, attended by at least one parent (certificate valid for 5 years)
  • 30 classroom hours
  • 12 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction
  • 6 hours of on-the-road observation
  • Online scheduling for driving lessons
  • $15 RMV fee for certification

Completing Driver Education

Parents must attend the RMV-mandated Parent Class before their child will be allowed to participate in driving lessons with an instructor, per an RMV regulation in effect May 1, 2019. We will cover your responsibilities, your child’s responsibilities, as we will review our program’s policies. Also, you will hear tips and hints on how to teach a new driver and a review of laws that have changed in the last 10-20 years.

Parents/guardians are responsible for an additional 40+ hours of on-the-road practice, as mandated by the RMV.

Once all of the classroom, behind-the-wheel, observation hours, and the parent class are completed, we send a request for certification to the RMV.

Timeline to becoming a licensed driver

We recommend that you complete the program within one year. The RMV requires you to complete the program within two years from the date you started. 

You must have your permit for a minimum of 6 months so there is no reason to rush through lessons! We recommend spacing out your 12 driving hours with us so you finish about a month before that 6 month eligibility. This allows us time to send your certificate to the RMV, allowing you to schedule your road test once you reach that 6 month date.


Questions? Contact Rebecca or Jill.