The Driver’s Education program consists of 30 hours of classroom instruction, 12 hours of on‐the road instruction, 6 hours of observation of another driver, and a 2 hour driver safety course for a parent or guardian student driver.
Any student who has reached the age of 15 years, nine months (15.9) is eligible to begin taking classes. A learner’s permit may be obtained from the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles, but it is not required before beginning Driver’s Education classes –
it is, however, required before beginning on‐the‐road lessons. Driving lessons cannot take place without a learner’s permit. To obtain a learner’s permit, students must be at least 16 years old. Students get a MA Learner’s Permit by taking a written test at RMV (walk in basis, please check the list of necessary documents with the RMV by reading driver’s Manual Massachusetts RMV.
The Registry requires that all classroom and on‐the‐road instruction be completed within 2 years of the first class. If a student does not finish within that time, the tuition paid will not cover remaining Driver’s Education classes or on-the–road lessons, and will not be refunded. Therefore, it is recommended that a student not begin Driver’s Ed unless he or she expects to finis with in this time frame.
Driving in bad weather can be scary and very dangerous. It’s best to avoid it altogether, but if you happen to find yourself in a storm or a heavy snowfall, these tips will help.
Fun and challenging times have finally come! You are behind the wheel and about to hit the road. But wait a second, there are a couple of more moments to consider before turning the engine on. Adjust the drivers seat, all the mirrors, seat belt and ventilation controls for comfortable and safe driving position and for a good view. Before getting into a car, look behind and in front of it. There are blind spots once you are behind the wheel. Be aware of them and always check your blind spots before moving.
When the car is fully ready and adjusted to you and you’re ready to get on the road, be extra careful with your position in the lane.
You can also use reference points to understand how your car is located when you approach the stop line or start to park.
Something as quick and simple as putting on your seat belt or getting your windshield cleaned can mean the difference between life and death. Being aware of yourself and other drivers and practicing good road etiquette is equally important. Below are some tips to keep you mindful and safe.
Driving Around School
If you’re lucky enough to have your own car, that’s awesome! But it’s important to be mindful when driving around your school’s campus, or even just when parking there. Here are some tips to keep in mind.
Driver’s Ed in Massachusetts
If you’re a teenager applying for your first driver’s license, you’ll need to complete a Driver’s Ed program to meet the requirements set by the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV).
MA driver’s education programs help young drivers develop the knowledge and skills necessary to ace the road test and become a responsible driver.
On this page you’ll find information about MA Driver’s Ed requirements, completion options, and the next steps to earning your full driver’s license in Massachusetts.
MA Driver’s Ed Eligibility Requirements
If you’re younger than 18 years old and are applying for your first MA driver’s license, you’ll need to complete a Driver’s Ed course.
To successfully satisfy your driver’s education requirement with the MA RMV:
- You must complete your driver’s education course within 2 years.
- You must be at least 16 years old with a valid learner’s permit before beginning the in-car instruction component.
About Your MA Driver’s Ed Course
Massachusetts driver’s education courses consist of classroom and behind-the-wheel trainingsessions.
Both public schools and professional Driver’s Ed schools offer courses throughout the state.
For a complete list of driving schools near you, visit the Massachusetts DMV website.
Program costs, locations, and hours will vary. Please contact your driver’s education provider for specific information.
No matter which driver’s education provider you choose, your instructor will cover topics including:
- The MA driver’s license and driving privilege.
- Vehicle safety.
- Traffic laws.
- Defensive driving.
- Safe driving techniques.
- Good driving attitudes and behaviors.
The classroom sessions combined with the in-car instruction will help you develop the skills necessary to obtain your first Massachusetts driver’s license.