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Massachusetts

MA Driver's License
Test for Teens

Your driver's license is your ticket to freedom, and we want to be a part of that ride. When it comes to your actual test day, you have options. We offer the test in our comfortable classrooms with our familiar car, or you can choose to go to a RMV Branch. No matter which you choose, we want you to be totally prepared to pass your license test. Our top rated driving school staff will guide you through the entire testing process – from scheduling the test to knowing what to expect on test day. So relax. Take a deep breath. You got this!

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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$135, plus any RMV test fees

Do Your License Test at The Next Street

  • 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.
  • 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.

 

Testing at the RMV

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$199-359, plus any RMV test fees

  • 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, but don't need a ride to and from the RMV? Have us meet you there.
  • These testing services are only offered at RMV Hub Offices.

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 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 – so if you wait until you are eligible to test before scheduling, you will be delaying your license even further!

  • 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.

  • Before scheduling, you must know your test eligibility date. The RMV will not check this. If you schedule a test before you are eligible, you will not be able to test and will be starting from scratch to schedule.

Rescheduling Or Canceling Your Test Appointment
  • 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.

  • 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.

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 at the RMV
  • 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 seat 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 seat, mirrors, 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)

What If You Fail Your Driver's Test
  • If you fail your license test, you must schedule a new test appointment at least two weeks after the failed test date.
  • 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.

Driver’s Permit Hold Times

Depending on your age, the time you must wait before taking your driver’s license test varies. If you are between 16 1/2 and 18 years old, you must meet all Junior Operator Requirements. In addition to successfully completing your Driver's Education program and obtaining 40 additional hours of supervised driving, you must have a valid learner's permit for at least 6 consecutive months before taking the road test and maintain a clean driving record for 6 consecutive months before you can receive your license.