✅ Updated February 2020
Here's the ultimate guide to getting your driver license at the Massachusetts RMV. We've simplified the entire process for you so you can save time.
What You’ll Need to Get your Driver's License in Massachusetts
All documents must be originals; photocopies not accepted
📌 Completed Driver’s License, Learner’s Permit or ID Card Application (Form LIC100)
📌 Proof of U.S. citizenship or lawful presence and date of birth:
- Certified copy of a U.S. birth certificate;
- U.S. passport; OR
- Certificate of Citizenship (Form N-560 or N-561)
📌 Proof of your MA residency:
- Any RMV-issued document;
- Lease or mortgage documents dated within 60 days;
- Federal-, state-, or municipal-issued documents, such as first class mail; OR
- A medical statement, credit card statement, or utility bill dated within 60 days
📌 Proof of your Social Security Number:
- Social Security card; OR
- W-2 form
📌 Your out-of-state driver’s license (if applicable)
📌 $30 for Learner’s Permit; $35 for driving test; $50 for Class D driver’s license
What You’ll Do to Get your Massachusetts RMV Driver's License
Step 1: Visit your nearest RMV office (optional: make an appointment!)
- Present the required documents and ID
- Pay the Learner’s Permit fee
- Receive your Learner’s Permit (valid for two years)
Step 2: Practice driving and study for the written test
- Take written practice tests to help you prepare
Step 3: Make an appointment with the RMV to schedule your road test
Step 4: Visit the RMV on the date of the test
- Complete the Class D or M Road Test Application (Form RDT103)
- Pass the vision test
- Pass the written test
- Pass the driving test
- Make sure your vehicle is registered and insured
- Bring along a “sponsoring driver” who is at least 21 years old, has been driving for more than one year, and has a valid U.S. driver’s license
- Get your Learner’s Permit stamped and signed
- Pay the driving test fee of $35 and Class D driver’s license fee of $50
- Receive a temporary driver’s license
Step 5: Receive your new Class D driver’s license via U.S. mail
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Caveats and Exceptions
- Already have a driver’s license in another state? If your out-of-state driver’s license is current or expired less than one year ago, you may receive a MA driver’s license by simply submitting your out-of-state license, a completed LIC100 Form, the required residency and ID documents, and a $115 fee.
- Under 18 years old? A parent or legal guardian must sign your Driver's License, Learner's Permit or ID Card Application (Form LIC100).
- Don’t have a Social Security number? You must provide proof of your legal stay in the U.S. for at least 12 months, in addition to valid, verifiable immigration documents.
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