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The Massachusetts RMV aims to make it easy for teens to get in the driver's seat, but it also wants young drivers to stay safe. That's why the state has put a graduated licensing program into effect. The process begins when you turn 16 and you can apply for your leaner's permit.
Fortunately, the Massachusetts RMV offers a useful online tool that helps you fill out your permit application and determine which forms of identification you'll need to bring along to the RMV service center.
At the RMV office, you'll need to take a vision test and a written knowledge exam. You must answer 18 of the 25 questions on the written test correctly in order to pass. Make sure you study up on Massachusetts' traffic laws and highway signs in the state's Class D driver's manual.
Once you get your permit, you can practice driving as long as you're accompanied by a licensed driver who is over 21 and who has at least one year of driving experience. You cannot drive between midnight and 5 a.m. unless you're with a parent or guardian who meets the aforementioned requirements.
Before you can take the road skills test to get your junior operator license, which will allow you to drive on your own, you'll need to do a bit of preparing. You must:
After you've met all those qualifications and you feel comfortable behind the wheel, you're ready for the next stop on the road to your Massachusetts drivers license.
Massachusetts' junior operator license (JOL) allows teens between the ages of 16 and a half and 18 to start driving on their own. To get your JOL, you'll need to take a road skills exam. You should plan to make an appointment at the RMV service center and bring along:
You'll also be expected to bring a vehicle for the test that has a valid registration, proof of insurance and a current inspection sticker.
Your examiner will check your vehicle to ensure that it's up to safety standards, then you'll get started. In addition to exhibiting that you can drive safely in typical traffic conditions, you may be asked to demonstrate the following maneuvers:
If you pass the exam, you'll earn your JOL.
Your JOL will become an unrestricted Massachusetts drivers license when you turn 18 as long as you drive responsibly. You'll also need to abide by the following JOL restrictions:
If you follow those rules and drive carefully, you'll be well on your way to earning your unrestricted Massachusetts drivers license.