Massachusetts Driver’s License & Permit FAQ
How Can I Apply for my MA Driver’s License? Frequently Asked Questions
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What age can I apply for my permit in Mass.?You must be at least 16 or older in order to apply for a permit in Massachusetts.
What papers do I need to bring when applying for my license in Massachusetts?There is a short list of documents that you must bring with you when you apply for your license. The RMV has a wonderful interactive feature online at http://www.massrmv.com/ that allows you to check the items you have within their system before arriving to see whether they are acceptable.
You should be able to provide at least 3 identification documents such as:
A document containing your signature:
- U.S. or non-U.S. passport with your picture and signature on it
- Current MA learner’s permit, MA license, or MA ID card
- Out-of-state license with photo and signature
- U.S. military or military dependent ID with picture and signature
- Social Security Card
- MA learner’s permit, MA license, or MA ID card
- A utility bill no more than 60 days old that has your name and address
- Tuition bill or student loan coupons, with your address, and no older than 12 months old
- Original school transcript with your name and address on it no older than 12 months old
- Original letter signed by the principal or headmaster of a MA college or high school on the school’s letterhead saying you are a resident and includes your name and birth day no older than 12 months old.
- Medicaid award letter no older than 6 months old
- Cell phone, credit card, doctor, or hospital bill sent inside the last 60 days
- Notarized statement from parent/legal guardian that says you currently live with them.
- A U.S. or non-U.S. passport with picture
- Current MA learner’s permit, MA license, or MA ID card
- Original birth certificate issued in the U.S. or its territories
- Certified Court document that has a raised court seal and includes your full name and date of birth
- Original letter signed by the principal or headmaster of a MA college or high school on the school’s letterhead that includes your name and birth day
Where do I apply for my driver’s license in MA?It’s simple to apply for your driver’s license; just go to any RMV branch to begin!
How do I contact the nearest MA RMV office?MA RMV branches can be contacted Monday through Friday 9:00am until 5:00pm. The RMV call center’s number is 617-351-4500 for area codes 339/617/781/857. All other area codes may contact 1-800-858-3926. The RMV can also be reached online at http://www.massrmv.com/. Locate your nearest RMV branch here.
Who needs to bring me for my permit test in MA?Your sponsor should bring you. A qualifying sponsor could be a parent, legal guardian, spouse, driving instructor or responsible licensed driver age 21 or older.
Is a physical required to get a permit in MA?No physical is required in order to get a permit, however, if you have a medical condition you must report it to the RMV office. The RMV Medical Affairs Branch will decide on a case by case basis if a restriction should be put on your license based on what you and your physician report. A restriction could be something like “Day Light Driving Only”. Another example would be if you needed corrected lenses to pass the vision test, your license would indicate “Corrective Lenses” restrictions.
Is a vision test required when applying for a Massachusetts driver’s license?Yes, a vision test is required when applying for a license in Massachusetts. The RMV clerk will test your vision acuity, color vision and peripheral vision. You are required to get a 20/40 on acuity and are encouraged to wear glasses or contacts if that is what you normally wear. Massachusetts will accept an RMV Vision Screening Certificate from your ophthalmologist or optometrist. The Vision Screening Certificate can be downloaded on the RMV website at www.mass.gov/rmv.
Where can I get a photo for my MA driver’s license taken?Massachusetts will only allow you to have your photo taken at the RMV office. The RMV wants to ensure that you are the actual person in the photograph. Your face must be clearly visible. No hats, scarves, veils, glasses, sunglasses, or caps can be worn. Scarves and caps may be allowed if it is for religious purposes.
What colors should I avoid wearing when taking picture for my license?There are no colors you should avoid. Wear what ever color you like!
Do I need to put up hair when taking driver’s license photo?You may wear your hair the same way you would normally wear it; however, it should not be covering your face or your eyes. The purpose of the photo is to be able to identify who you really are. Besides, you would not want to hide that amazing face!
What make-up to wear when I get my MA driver’s license picture taken?Wear your normal make-up; however, the less make-up the better. As long as you are not wearing so much make-up to where you are unrecognizable, you will be fine!
Why is it best not to smile when taking your drivers license picture?Some states are moving towards face recognition technology that will be able to uniquely identify each individual. A straight face on the photo helps distinguish who you really are. This is all in an effort to stop fraud.
What are some tips for getting the best out of the driver’s license picture?Look straight into the camera and keep a calm and relaxed face!
I have already applied for my Mass. license, what do I do next?After you have successfully applied for your Mass. License you will receive your permit. From this point, you should be preparing yourself for the road test. You do this by…
- Successfully completing an RMV approved driver education and training program, which includes 30 hours of classroom instruction; 12 hours of in-car, behind-the-wheel training; and 6 hours of in-car experience observing other student drivers.
- Completing at least 40 hours of supervised behind-the-wheel driving.
I have a question that’s not answered above. What do I do?If you need any further assistance, you’re welcome to contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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