Alternative/Off Hours Road Test Policy Overview
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.
The RMV's policy states an Alternative /Off Hours Road Test must evaluate a driver's skills in the same way as the standard Road Test.
An Alternative /Off Hours Road Test reservation will be made available to a Professional Driving School based on the date and time which the RMV receives the request. Scheduling is dependent on the availability of Road Test Examiner.
During an Alternative /Off Hours Road Test; vehicles and sponsors provided by Driving Schools are subject to all RMV rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.
The School must have a valid Professional Driving Instructor Certificate and a vehicle which meets RMV Safety and Emission Regulatory Requirements. If not, the test will be denied and any fees collected will be forfeited.
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.
Alternative /Off Hours Road Test requests are accepted every Monday for the next available test dates. Requests are scheduled based on the time they are received and on Examiner availability. Requests are not accepted earlier than 8:01 on Monday morning (even if Monday is a holiday).
All requests must be submitted to the RMV email address provided to Professional Driving Schools with the subject line containing the name of the Driving School and the requested test date.
Requests must be submitted using the Excel spreadsheet provided by the RMV. Any other format will not be accepted.
The Driving 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 must not have any other scheduled Road Test.
Professional Driving Schools must have at least twenty (20) applicants to schedule Alternative /Off Hours Road Tests.
Each applicant must have a Driver Education Certificate on file at the RMV before the Alternative /Off Hours Road Test request is submitted. An applicant without a Driver Education Certificate posted to the applicant's record will be rejected. If this causes the request to have less than twenty (20) applicants, the entire request is rejected.
A maximum of sixty (60) students can be scheduled per request. After a request is submitted, no additions are allowed. Cancellations must be received by the RMV no later than 4:00pm on the Friday at least eight (8) days before the scheduled test. Cancellations received after 4:00pm will incur the Alternative/Off Hours Road Test fee.
Schools that cannot meet the requirement of twenty (20) applicants may coordinate with other Schools to meet this number.
Driver Education Certification Request Form
Requests must be mailed to:
Registry of Motor Vehicles
Driver Education Certificate Department
P.O. Box 55889
Boston, MA 02205-5889
A twenty dollar ($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. To make payment, the Driving School must contact the Alternative/Off Hours Road Test Scheduling Department.
Scheduling an Alternative / Off Hours Road Test
Driving Schools will be contacted by 5:00pm 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 must have one (1) vehicle for every thirty (30) students scheduled.
Schools will be scheduled for a morning time slot or an afternoon time slot, depending on the available Examiners. Slots are determined on an individual basis and at the discretion of the Road Test Supervisor.
Tests may be held at the Driving 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.
Online Payment of Road Test/License Fees
The RMV strongly encourages applicants to pay Road Test and License Fees by using the online transaction, Pay My Road Test/License Fees
After passing the Road Test and paying fees online, the permit will immediately serve as a temporary Driver’s License. The permanent License will be mailed to applicant.