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Drivers Ed in Massachusetts
Completion of a Massachusetts Drivers Ed course is suggested and often required prior to obtaining your learner's permit, and ultimately receiving your Driver's License. Although not approved for the state of Massachusetts, I Drive Safely is a good course to prepare yourself for your state's licensing exam.Page Overview
The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) awards Junior Operator Licenses to drivers between the ages of 16 1/2 and 18. To obtain a Junior Operator License, teens have to meet a few educational objectives:
- Graduate from a state-approved driver education school with at least 30 hours of classroom instruction, 12 hours behind the wheel, and another six hours of observation from the back seat of the training vehicle. In addition, your parents or guardians must attend a two-hour driver education class. The school will award a certificate of completion, which must be presented to the RMV when applying for the license.
- Complete an additional 40 hours of driving (30 if you attend a driver skills development program), certified on an RMV form by a parent, step-parent or guardian.
Massachusetts insurers offer a 10% discount on premiums for the first three years after a teen driver completes a state-approved driver's education course. After three years, the discount is no longer in effect.
The state-approved Motorcycle Rider Education Training Course is driver's education for motorcyclists. These courses are given by approved private companies at eight locations around the state and include both classroom education and road training and tests. You can qualify for an exemption on the RMV motorcycle licensing road test by completing this course and asking the RMV for an exemption. To qualify, you must apply for the exemption within 90 days of graduating from the approved motorcycle training course.Local Drivers Education
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