Driver’s Education

General Information

  • Students can obtain a driver’s permit at the age of 16. For information on how to obtain a permit for your student, please visit
  • The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) awards Junior Operator Licenses to drivers between the ages of 16 ½ and 18.
  • Students must be at least 15 years and 9 months at the start of classroom training.
  • To obtain a Junior Operator License, teens have to graduate from a state-approved driver’s education school with:
    • 30 hours of classroom training
    • 12 hours of driving with a driver’s ed instructor
    • 6 hours of observation with a driver’s ed instructor
    • 40 hours of documented driving time with a parent
  • Per a new Massachusetts state mandate beginning on May 1st, 2019, parents/guardians must attend the required two (2) hour parent class before their student begins any driving lessons with our certified instructors. Parent classes are offered at least once per classroom training session. Notice of these meetings is embedded in the classroom paperwork.

More detailed information is outlined on the Driver’s Ed FAQ Page.  

Questions? Contact Denise Nesselrodt, our Driver’s Education Coordinator, at or 508-228-7285 x1575.

Denise Nesselrodt began as the Driver’s Education Coordinator with the Community School in 2022 after working at the RMV on the island for several years. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in counselor education, both from Penn State University. Denise has two sons (whom she taught to drive!) and enjoys gardening, reading, and traveling.