Learner’s Permit

To legally drive in Massachusetts, you must first apply for a learner’s permit. The learner’s permit exam tests your understanding of Massachusetts motor vehicle laws and safe driving practices, and gives you permission to drive with a licensed driver while you practice your driving skills to prepare for your road test. 

Once you are 16 you are eligible to get your permit.

At this time, due to the pandemic, you must make an appointment before going to the RMV. Once there, you will present proof of age, proof of residence and take an eye exam. Click here for the requirements to obtain your passenger (Class D) learner’s permit.

Passing the permit exam

To pass the exam, you must answer 18 out of 25 questions correctly within the allotted time of 25 minutes. Once the exam is started, you may not pause. To prepare for the exam, study the Class D driver’s manual. (Click here to download a manual or stop by our office in Room 123 or 124 to buy a copy for $4.) Topics covered on the exam include alcohol misuse, suspensions, and JOL violations, as well as rules of the road and identifying road signs.

The classroom portion of Driver Education will help prepare you for the permit exam although you can get your permit prior to starting class if you are already 16. 

All tests must be taken at an RMV Service Center. During the pandemic, you will receive a username and password to take the exam at home.

There is a $30 fee for your permit.

Practice Learner’s Permit Exam Online

  • Students can practice for the learner’s permit exam by accessing myRMV, scrolling down the page to “Exams” and selecting “Take Practice Exam.”  After entering the required information, you can start the practice exam.
  • Students have 25 minutes to answer 25 random questions that are based on real exam questions and also have an opportunity to practice navigating and operating the online exam.
  • Results are provided at the end of the practice exam. Practice exams will initially only be available in English. There is no limit to the number of practice exams students can take.