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Massachusetts RMV Learner's Permit FAQ

  • When can I apply for a permit in Massachusetts?

    You can apply for a Learner’s Permit in Massachusetts at age 16.

  • What are the requirements to get a learners permit?

    You will need to pass a written knowledge test and a vision test. You will also need to produce proper identification and you will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian during your visit to the local Registry of Motor Vehicles office.

  • How many questions are on the permit test?

    There are 25 questions on the written test.

  • How many questions must I answer correctly to pass?

    You must answer at least 18 questions correctly to pass.

  • What steps should I take to prepare for the test?

    Taking online practice exams that feature real sample questions from the state test is one of the very best ways to prepare for the exam. To test your current driving knowledge, take one of our Massachusetts practice permit test now.

  • What percentage of people fail the permit test?

    Approximately 50% of first-time test takers fail the exam. To ensure you receive your Learner’s Permit as soon as possible and avoid any waiting periods or re-examination fees (which many states charge) take multiple practice exams that mirror the actual test, like those found here.

  • How much does the permit test cost?

    There is a $30 fee.

  • Where do I take the permit test?

    The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) is responsible for administering the tests and licensing drivers. Visit to find an office near you.

  • What documents should I bring on test day?

    To receive your permit, you will need to visit the local RMV office with a parent or guardian and you will need to bring proper identification to prove your age, identity and residency. Then you will need to pass the written knowledge test and the vision test.

The Massachusetts RMV Permit Test — What You Need to Know

You want your Massachusetts learner’s permit. You want the opportunity to learn to drive. Ultimately, you want the freedom and independence that come with getting your driver’s license.  We understand you are eager to get out on the open road but the Massachusetts Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) requires you to first pass the Massachusetts permit test.   The permit test is a written test with questions designed to test you on the rules of the road, Massachusetts motor vehicle laws, road signs, and traffic signs.

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Failing your written test puts a hold on your dreams of getting behind the wheel. If you don’t pass the test, you’ll have to retake it and in some cases pay a retest fee. You don’t have time for that.

We’ve put together a set of powerful study tools to help you begin preparing for test.  Here, you’ll discover an invaluable set of study resources, including our Massachusetts practice permit tests as well as the official Massachusetts Driver’s Manual. Need a motorcycle permit?  We have study material to help you tackle that exam too.

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