Individuals under the age of 18 are required to complete the driver's education program within 2 years of starting in order to be eligible for a road test exam. The course consists of 30 hours of classroom, 12 driving hours, 6 observation hours, and a 2 hour Parent/Guardian class must be attended (valid for 5 years). The student may start the classroom portion as early as 15.9 years old, and is eligible to test for a permit at the age of 16. Once the entire course is completed and the driver's education certificate is posted, the student has held their permit for 6 months (incident/accident free), and completed the RMV required 40 hours of practice with a parent/guardian, the student is eligible for a road test to be scheduled.
At New England Driving School we work hard at making this process as smooth and informative as possible. During the 30 hours of class we follow the curriculum outlined by the Registry of Motor Vehicles. The classroom material educates the student of important motor vehicle laws and safe and proper operation of a vehicle. Once the student turns 16 years of age, he/she will be eligible to test for the permit. Learner's permit holders may drive when accompanied by an operator who is licensed, who is 21 years of age or over, who has had at least one year of driving experience, and who is occupying a seat beside the driver.