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Adult Learner's Permit
Test Preparation in MA

IMPORTANT: The RMV is offering permit tests online during COVID-19. You must schedule an appointment at an open RMV branch for document verification, vision test and to take your photo and then take the permit test online.


A Learner’s Permit is a special permit granted by the State of Massachusetts RMV that allows you to practice driving before you get your driver’s license. It is not required to have your permit if you wish to take a driver's education course – in fact, we recommend you attend at least two Driver’s Ed classes before your Permit Test. We also recommend getting your Permit as soon as possible in order to reduce the waiting time for your License Test. Take the easiest road to your license with The Next Street.


The RMV Permit Test is a 25 question exam where you need to get 18 correct to pass. No worries: The Next Street is here to help.

Learner's Permit Vision Test

  • The first part of the Driver's Permit Test is a vision test.
  • If you wear glasses or contacts, be sure to bring them with you.
  • If you're having trouble with your vision, get a checkup with your eye doctor prior to going the RMV.
  • If you fail your Vision Test, you will not be able to take the Knowledge Test.

Learner's Permit Knowledge Test

  • The second part of the Permit Test is a knowledge test.
  • The Knowledge Test is a 25 question, multiple choice exam taken online.
  • The questions are a random selection from a pool of safe driving questions... and they aren't easy.
  • You must get at least 18 correct answers in order to pass.
  • Don't go in cold; make sure you study!
  • If you study The Next Street's Permit Prep eBook, you should have no problem passing your test.

What to Bring to Your Learner's Permit Test

  • It's test day. You're excited. Nervous. Ready to nail the test. The RMV inspector finally calls on your name: "Do you have your Birth Certificate?" Nooooooooo! Don't let this happen to you.
  • The RMV requires that you bring and present certain paperwork on the day of your test.
  • Download and print The Next Street's handy Permit Test Checklist, and make sure you show up with everything you need on test day.



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