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January 23, 2020
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Professional Driving Schools may schedule Alternative / Off Hours Road Tests for their students. These tests are available outside of the regular business hours of the RMV.

According to RMV policy, Alternative / Off Hours Road Tests must evaluate a driver’s skills in the same way as the RMV standard Road Test administered during business regular hours.

During an Alternative / Off Hours Road Test, vehicles and sponsors provided by schools are subject to all RMV rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.

The school must have a valid Professional Driving Instructor Certificate and a vehicle that meets RMV Safety and Emission Regulatory Requirements. If not, the test will be denied and any fees collected will be forfeited. A school must have one (1) vehicle for every thirty (30) students scheduled.

Driving schools cannot conduct financial transactions at a test site or in the testing vehicle. All tests will be cancelled and fees will be forfeited if financial transactions are witnessed by Registry personnel. This ensures safety and integrity of the RMV policy which is strictly enforced.

Scheduling Procedures

Alternative / Off Hours Road Test requests are accepted every Monday for the next available test dates. Requests are scheduled based on the date and time they are received and on the availability of a RMV Road Test Examiner. Requests are not accepted earlier than 8:01 on Monday morning (even if Monday is a holiday).

All requests must be submitted by email using the RMV email address provided to Professional Driving Schools. The subject line of the email must contain the name of the Driving School and the requested testing date.

Requests must be submitted using the Excel spreadsheet provided by the RMV. Requests submitted that are not in the required format will not be accepted. The school is responsible for submitting accurate student information. This includes the student’s correct spelling of legal name, date of birth, and permit number. To be eligible for an Alternative / Off Hours Road Test, students may not have any other RMV Road Test scheduled.

Applicant Requirements

Professional Driving Schools must have at least twenty (20) applicants to schedule Alternative / Off Hours Road Tests. Schools that cannot meet the requirement of twenty (20) applicants may coordinate with other schools to meet this number. There is a maximum of sixty (60) students that can be scheduled per request. Once a request is submitted, no additions are allowed.

Each applicant must have a Driver Education Certificate posted to the applicants recordprior to the Alternative / Off Hours Road Test request is submitted. An applicant without a Driver Education Certificate posted to the their record will be rejected. If this causes the request to have less than twenty (20) applicants, the entire request will be rejected.

The Driver Education Certification Request Form, mail to the address on the form.

Cancelations must be received by the RMV no later than 4:00 pm on the Friday at least eight (8) days before the scheduled test. Cancellations received after 4:00 pm will incur the Alternative / Off Hours Road Test fee.

Scheduling an Alternative / Off Hours Road Test

Schools will be contacted by 5:00 pm on the Wednesday after scheduling the Alternative / Off Hours Road Tests to confirm acceptance of the roster, schedule a start time, and confirm a location for the Road Tests.

Schools will be scheduled for a morning time slot or an afternoon time slot, depending on the availability of examiners. Slots are determined on an individual basis at the discretion of the Road Test Supervisor.

Tests may be held at the auto school location or an RMV branch location; this is determined by the Road Test Supervisor.

Applicants do not need to be tested in the order they are scheduled on the list submitted.

When the tests are completed, the RMV Examiner will file the Road Test applications with the RMV.


In addition to the $35.00 Road Test fee due by the applicant for each road test scheduled, an additional $20.00 Alternative / Off Hours Road Test fee will be charged for each applicant. The fee will be collected on the Monday after the request is submitted. The Professional Driving School must contact the Alternative / Off Hours Road Test Scheduling Department to make payment.

Online Payment of Road Test/License Fees

Applicants can pay the fees online before the Road Test to eliminate the need to visit an RMV branch. Class D and Class M Road Test and License Fees can be paid using the online transaction, Pay My Road Test/License Fees

After passing the Road Test and paying the Class D or Class M fees the applicant's permit will be validated and immediately serve as a temporary license until the permanent license is received. The permanent license will be mailed to the applicant.

Source: www.massrmv.com

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