Massachusetts Teen Driving Laws, Insurance Requirements & Drivers License

Information on Massachusetts Teen Driving Rules, Insurance Requirements & Drivers License

State of Massachusetts Teen Driving Laws

The State of Massachusetts Junior Operators Law sets up a progressive series of education, restrictions and supervision for teen drivers to limit high risk driving situations. This system improves the chances of a successful outcome for the young driver and gives parents and guardians a chance to participate in the learning experience by becoming involved in the education process and supervision of the Junior Operator.

State of Massachusetts Learner 's Permit

The applicant must be a minimum of 16 years of age to apply for a State of Massachusetts learner's permit.  If the permit applicant is under the age of 18, a parent or guardian will need to sign the learner permit application. The teen driver will be required to pass a vision screening test and take a written test that covers the State of Massachusetts motor vehicle laws and safe driving practices. When applying for a learner permit the applicant must show valid identification.  For applicants under 18 this includes:

  • Social Security Card
  • Current United States or Non United States Passport
  • Documentation of Date of Birth
  • Original documents are required, photocopies are not accepted.

For applicants over 18 this includes:

  • Social Security Card
  • Current United States or Non United States Passport
  • Documentation of Date of Birth
  • Document Proof of Signature
  • Document Proving State of Massachusetts Residency
  • A State of Massachusetts Liquor ID is acceptable as proof of signature and date of birth.

Original documents are required, photocopies are not accepted.

The learner permit is valid for 2 years and allows new drivers to practice their driving skills and prepare for the behind-the-wheel test. Learner permit holders must carry their permit when they are driving and be accompanied by a licensed driver that is a minimum of 21 years of age with a minimum of 1 year of driving experience.  Teen drivers under the age of 18 that hold a learner permit are not allowed to drive between the hours of 12:00 AM and 5:00 AM unless they are accompanied by a licensed parent or guardian.

State of Massachusetts Junior Operator License

The applicant must be a minimum of 16

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