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Massachusetts

MA Driver's License
Test for Adults

This is it, the end goal: Your Driver’s License. As an adult student, you have some options for your test day. You can choose to test with The Next Street or at the RMV. 

Regardless of the direction you go, we will be there to help you make your licensing process easy and do all we can to help you pass the first time. Take the easiest road to your license. The information below is a good start to getting you behind the wheel on your own.

WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT THE LICENSE TEST

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THE AGENT FROM THE RMV DOESN’T WANT YOU TO FAIL
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REMEMBER YOUR TRAINING
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KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT BEFOREHAND (SEE BELOW)

Do Your License Test at The Next Street

 

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Yes, you can avoid going to the RMV! When you take your Driver’s License Test at The Next Street, the RMV inspector comes to our classroom location. The best part? When you take your License Test at The Next Street, we handle setting up the appointment for you.

  • You use our car, at our classroom. In addition to this being a nice, relaxed environment, you will also have one of our Safe Driving Professionals on hand to answer any of your last minute test day questions.
  • After you pass, the RMV will mail your driver's license to you within 7-10 days.
  • Driver’s License Tests are offered at The Next Street facilities in Springfield
  • Tests conducted at The Next Street often book out 2-3 months in advance, so we recommend calling to schedule your test today at 617-468-8100, or you can schedule your test online in the Student Portal.

$135, plus any RMV test fees - COMING SOON!

Testing at the RMV

If you want to go to the RMV for your Driver's License Test, The Next Street can meet you or take you there.

  • You are responsible for setting up the License Test appointment if you are taking it at the RMV.
  • Want to use The Next Street vehicle for your test? Have us meet you there.
  • You can decide whether we meet you or take you at the time of enrollment, or later using our Student Portal.
  • These testing services are only offered at RMV Hub Offices.

$199-359, plus any RMV test fees

How To Schedule Your Driver's License Test
  • If you are taking the test at The Next Street, our customer service team can schedule everything for you.
  • If you are taking the test at the RMV, you cannot go to the RMV branch to schedule it; you must schedule your test online. Click here for the link.
  • When you schedule, you must re-pay the $35 State Testing Fee; the RMV accepts Visa or Mastercard.

When To Schedule Your Driver's License Test
  • You can schedule your license test as soon as you get your permit, and we recommend you do.

  • The wait times for a test appointment at the RMV can be around 2 weeks.

  • If you want to get in and out as fast as possible, we strongly recommend you try to schedule a morning appointment, as volume and delays grow as the day goes on.

     

Rescheduling Or Canceling Your Test Appointment at the RMV

If you have to reschedule or cancel your driving test at the RMV for any reason, you must do so online at the RMV's website at least 72 hours prior to your scheduled appointment.

  • If you do not show to your test, or cancel inside of 72 hours, your test fee will be forfeited.

  • You may reschedule your road test at no cost if it was cancelled due to weather.
  • Similarly, if you arrive on test day and do not have your required paperwork - or if your vehicle fails inspection - you will forfeit your appointment and test fee.

  • It is crucial that you do a check and double check at least 48 hours before going to the RMV to make sure that you have everything you need and that your vehicle passes inspection

Driver's Permit Hold Times
If you are over 18 years old, you must hold a valid Driver's Permit before taking your Driver's License Test.

License Test Vehicle Requirements

In order to ensure the health and safety of all parties, state vehicles will be used to conduct all road tests for the foreseeable future. 

What to Expect on Driving Test Day
  • The driving test will last approximately 15-25 minutes.
  • The State of Massachusetts does not have a standard driving test; Since the inspectors each have their own style, be prepared for anything.
  • Buckle your seat belt (And… know that a common inspector trick is to not put their belt on to see if you notice).
  • Remember, the test is an evaluation of your skills as a driver. The test will evaluate:
    • The safety of your vehicle
    • Pre-trip safe set up (Adjusting mirrors, seat, seatbelt)
    • Response to traffic signs and signals (Yielding, making complete stops, following traffic lights and choosing lanes correctly)
    • Response to other motorists (Defensive Driving)
    • Parking maneuvers (Including pull-in, back-in and parallel)
    • Basic driving proficiency (Accelerating, braking and turning)
    • Other driving maneuvers at the discretion of the inspector (Driving on hills, highway driving, city driving or any other skill the inspector wants to test)

    Check out our Youtube channel for tons of driving skill how-to-videos like this

What If You Fail Your Driver’s Test
  • If you fail your license test, you must schedule a new test appointment and start the process from scratch again. You must wait two weeks before re-testing. 
  • You will have to pay another $35 test fee to the RMV when you reschedule.
  • Remember, the best way to pass your driver’s test is to prepare!
  • A safe, confident driver that follows the rules of the road will pass every time.