Submitted by abilityundefined t3_118jcaq in massachusetts

How long do you think it takes to get a driver's license in Mass? I have a job offer from a company in Marlborough and am thinking about living in Cambridge as I am only required to go in for the first week. The rest will be hybrid, so commute won't be a problem.

Only issue is that I do not have a license, even though I have one from my home country (not valid here anymore since it's been more than 3 months since I came to the US). So I was wondering how long it takes to get a license and if there is any way I can speed up the process.

This has become complicated due to the lack of public transport to Marlborough and I am not too sold on living in the neighborhood. Any suggestions for places with good public transport would also be welcome as I do not mind spending time sitting in a bus/train.



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tylerpoint5 t1_j9hnr47 wrote

Take Uber for a week or ask if someone can give you a ride that works there for the week. Someone that reverse commutes also, a car is almost a requirement near 495. Driving from Cambridge is 35 to 50 mins on a Monday without snow.


Hoosac_Love t1_j9ie33l wrote

Depending on your closest RMV does drop in or appointments ,go as soon to the RMV and you can take the learners permit.Once you have that I believe (although it's been 30 years since I scheduled a road test) you schedule over the phone and likely today online.

It generally takes two weeks to get the road test


ProfPretzelMan t1_j9hhbnt wrote

It technically wouldn't take too long to get a license assuming that you can meet the requirements and pass the tests.

Assuming you are over 18 all you need to do is:

  1. Get a learner's permit (requires taking a multiple choice test on Massachusetts road laws and a vision test)

2.Schedule a driver's test (which requires getting access to a car that meets the requirements and a sponsor who needs to be 21 years of age or older, have a year of driving experience, and possess a valid driver's license in any US state)


Humburgur28 t1_j9hm9aj wrote

From someone who’s learning to drive:

  1. If you haven’t driven in Massachusetts before your probably gonna have to take a week of classes. Videos, tests, etc. on how to drive properly and safely.
  2. You’ll then get your permit which will allow you to drive with other experienced people in the car with you. You’ll need to take a few driving tests. Probably about 10.
  3. Finally after all the tests are over, there’s some paperwork and such and then you’ll eventually get your license.

tyws t1_j9ho5e8 wrote

That's for a Jr operator. Unless they make out of country people do the same. But youcan walk into any rmv take the permit test and if your above 18 and (I believe they lend cars again) have theoney for it right there and get there soon enough, you can do an on road test that day and get your license. They give you a paper one and mail in the card version takes a week or two. That's also from me doing it back in 2010 so it could be different.