What towns does your school cover?
Our signature towns are Byfield, Rowley, Ipswich, Georgetown, Hamilton, Topsfield. Over the years we have expanded our area up to Newburyport and Salisbury. We also take students from parts of Boxford, Wenham, and West Newbury, but may not always offer door-to-door service. All classroom sessions are given at our classroom located on Route ONE – NB. in the Plaza at 75 Turnpike Road, Ipswich, Massachusetts. Since the parent is driving, we accept everyone from everywhere. –For the driving we pick up at the high schools, home, work, etc as long as the address is within our listed towns.
When can my child start Drivers Ed?
The student may attend the classroom portion when they are 15 years and 9 months old.
When do they get their driving permit?
On, or after their 16th birthday they can go to the Registry of Motor Vehicles and take the knowledge test. If they pass this test, the will receive their driving permit. It is a good idea to sign up on the Registry of Motor vehicles website and fill out all of the paperwork there.
What should we bring with us when we go to the Registry of Motor Vehicles to take the Knowledge test?
They should print and bring the paperwork form the website, along with their birth certificate (the one from the town hall.. not the one from the hospital ), and their Social Security card. Both of these must be original, not copies, and not laminated.
What is the knowledge test for the permit like?
It is a computer test of 25 multiple choice questions. You are given 25 minutes to pass the test. You must get 18 correct to pass the test. (8 wrong or skipped you fail) If you have an IEP for unrestricted time or use of headphones bring the IEP with you.
Can we go to any Registry of Motor Vehicles to take the knowledge test?
The only Registry of Motor Vehicles north of Boston that provide a knowledge test for the permit are…
Lawrence, Wilmington, Revere, and Lowell
How much does the knowledge test for the permit cost?
The knowledge test for the permit costs $30.00. But, while you are there, think about pre-paying all of your future licensing fees. ($115.00 total – $30.00 Knowledge test; $50.00 plastic license; $35.00 road test )
What is included in the Driver’s Education course?
- 30 hours of classroom study
- 12 hours of driving behind the wheel
- 6+ hours observing another student driving
- 2 hour parent seminar
How many hours are the accelerated classes?
The accelerated class is 30 hours of classroom.. the driving will be done at a later date. “Accelerated” means that the class is not stretched out over many weeks. It is condensed to five or six all day classes.
When can the student start driving lessons?
As soon as they have a driving permit and have driven ON THE ROAD with parents at least five hours, they can join the other students in the car.
Don’t you, the driving school, teach them to drive?
The parents actually teach the child to drive. We instruct them with the safe driving techniques, and teach the skills so the hopefully can pass their road test. We only have them in the car for twelve hours. If the parent is reluctant to start the child on the road, we do offer this service in our “Welcome to the Road” lesson.
What is your “Welcome to the Road” service?
Our instructors will take you child to a parking lot and start from scratch. We go over the instruments, and the procedures to move the car forwards, backwards, switch lanes and turn the car. When we feel the child is ready for the real road we will bring them out to the road for a drive. Hopefully at that point you feel you can drive with the child. If not, we will continue to a maximum of the 5 hours. After that they can start their group lessons.
What do you charge for this service?
We charge $75/hour. Depending on the child, it usually takes about 1-2 hours for them to feel ready to drive on the road.
What are the group lessons like?
We usually pick up a student at school or home, work… they will drive for an hour. During that hour we will either drive and access their skills, or incorporate a specific new skill, and review old ones. At the end of the hour we will have picked up another student and they will drive for an hour, the first student will observe. There are many times the student may be in the car alone with the instructor, and sometimes there are three students in the car. Occasionally we pick up 2 students (friends) and they take turns driving and observing until their time is up.
Can my child take 3 lessons or more in one day?
No, the Registry of Motor Vehicles mandates the child not be in the car longer than 2 hours in one day. But those 2 hours can be all driving and no observation. We don’t often have a student drive for 2 hours unless their skills have developed to a point where they can handle the extended period of attention.
How often can the student drive in one week?
There is no limit to the number of lessons except the number of days/week. BUT we usually limit lessons to be every few days. That allows the student to drive a few times in between lessons and practice the new skills.
How fast can the student complete the driving lessons?
There are twelve hours of lessons to schedule. In the best of scenarios it could be about 8-10 weeks. this gives the student a few days in between lessons to practice new skills. BUT, in reality teens in today’s world are heavily scheduled. School, jobs, sports, driving lessons, school, after school programs, and church events all must be considered. Teachers, coaches, employers and other individuals demand the teen’s time. Throw in a haircut, doctor’s appointment or a unfortunate illness, now without pre-planning it could take much longer. WE prefer that the lessons be started as soon as the teen gets their driving permit. Getting 6 – 7 lessons done early will help give them skills and confidence. Hopefully, these skills will make an easier ride and less stress for you, the parent. We can book the last 6 – 7 lessons about two months from the date the teen is eligible for licensing.
How do we book driving lessons?
Driving lessons can be booked online from our website. check out the driving page. You know your schedule best, we place our working schedule into the program.. and voila… you get to pick the times available. If your schedule doesn’t seem to match times available.. call the office and we will call to book the lessons with you. We can override the system, if necessary.
When can we book their road test?
We the driving school automatically books the driving test when the student has completed the course, paid in full, and eligible.
There are a few restrictions though.
- The student has completed the course and all fees are paid or up to date.
- The driving school has sent the certificate of completion into the Registry of Motor Vehicles. (Sent in once a week only)
- The certificate of completion has been received by the RMV and filed into the driving record.
- If the student finishes the driving course early, they must wait until they have held the driving permit 154 days from the date of issue to book a road test.
- The road test will not be booked for a date earlier than 184 days from the date of issue of the driving permit.
- During the 184 days before booking the road test, the student must not have had an accident, or citation from the police. The student must also not have been arrested for any other reason even if it has nothing to do with driving.
Do you offer road test sponsorship?
Yes, we do offer sponsorship, this means we let the student use our car for the test, an instructor will sit in the back seat. We also will be schedule the test so we know if we are available for the time slot. Primarily we offer off-site tests once a month, (every 4-6 weeks) if you need a test at the Registry of Motor Vehicles we may be able to help. You should contact our office.
How much does Sponsorship cost?
The Sponsorship fee is $150.00.
Do you offer off-site tests?
Yes, we have off-site tests about once a month in Ipswich. The Registry sends an examiner to conduct the test. It is the same as a regular test at the Registry, only it is in Ipswich. The only restriction to a off-site test is, the school must have 20 applicants.
What do you charge for the off-site test sponsorship?
We charge $150.00. This fee is included in our Teen Licensing Program. If one of our students fail the test; the second test will be only the $40.00
What do the parents need to do for the road test?
It is a good idea to make sure the permit is in good shape. (a new one is $15.00) Also, if you did not pre-pay the license fees when acquiring the driving permit, now is a good time to pre-paid those fees at the Registry of Motor Vehicles before the test. ($85.00 ~ $50 for the plastic license and $35 for the road test appointment)
Can I pay the licensing fees on-line?
Yes, you can now pay the licensing fees online. I have a link on the “Upcoming Road Test” page. Have your child’s permit information and use the link to pay them with a credit card.
Isn’t the money I paid the driving school pay for those fees?
NO, The driving school will not collect money for the permit, license or appointment. We collect money for the course or sponsorship; which covers the use of the school car for the test, the instructor’s time, and the time scheduling and preparing paperwork for the test.
Can’t I pay for the licensing fees to the Registry of Motor Vehicles after the road test?
Yes, but the student’s permit will remain a permit until you pay the fees. Also the Registry will not start to process the license until the fees are paid. The Registry does prefer you pay online, you can do so after the test. If you wish to get a new picture, it is best to go to the nearest Registry of Motor Vehicles, pay in person, and have them take a new picture. If you prepaid you should go to the Registry for the photo before the road test.
What is it so important to pre-pay the licensing fees to the Registry of Motor Vehicles ahead of time?
Mostly, it is convenience for you. At the end of the next business day, the test results will be filed by the examiner into the computer. If the fees are pre-paid, the applicant is then legal to drive by themselves. The license will arrive in the mail 7 – 10 days later. The signed permit will be the temporary license until the plastic one arrives.