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Massachusetts Drivers License Restrictions

Massachusetts Drivers License Restrictions

In certain cases, the Registry of Motor Vehicles may be required to place a restrictions onto your Massachusetts drivers license. Drivers license restrictions usually limit your driving privileges to operating a certain type of vehicle or operating a vehicle only when certain conditions are met, i.e. daylight driving restriction permits you to drive only during daylight hours. Massachusetts provisional drivers license restrictions stand separately as part of the state's graduated license program and should only be observed by licensees under 18 years of age. If you need help figuring out a specific Massachusetts driver's license restriction code, you may always contact the RMV over the phone or visit any branch in person.

Driver License Restriction Codes

Keep in mind that the following list of Massachusetts drivers license restriction codes is not full. If you cannot find the code you're interested in on this page, you will have to contact the RMV directly. This list of restrictions is also available in the Massachusetts drivers license handbook.

  • B Corrective lenses
  • C Mechanical Aid
  • D Prosthetic Aid
  • E Automatic Transmission
  • F Outside Mirror
  • G Limit to Daytime Only
  • H Limit to Restricted Hours
  • I Limit - Junior Operator
  • J Restriction Card Must be Carried
  • P Use with Certified Driving Instructors only (permit only)
  • R Bioptic telescopic lens
  • S Proof of Current Blood Sugar Level
  • Y Restrict to 14 passengers or less
  • Z Ignition Lock/Hours Restriction

A restrictions is usually placed onto your drivers license or Massachusetts learners permit at the time when it's issued to you and you are explained what it means by an RMV employee. In order for you to remove this drivers license restriction, you will have to prove that the condition that called for the restriction in the first place no longer applies. In certain cases, you may be required to go through additional testing procedures while removing a restriction.

Junior License Restrictions

Junior license restrictions are part of the Massachusetts graduated driver's license program, so they apply only to licensees under the age of 18 years. Traffic accidents is the number one cause of death for persons between 15 and 20 years of age and that clearly calls for some actions. The graduated license program is part of the state's effort to make public roads a little safer and to reduce the death toll.

If you take the Massachusetts drivers test before your 18th birthday, you are issued with a junior drivers license and you need to observe the following junior operator license restrictions:

  • Passenger restrictions. For the first six months, no passengers under age 18 are allowed in the vehicle. Passenger restrictions do not apply if you have a supervising driver at least 21 years of age in the vehicle or if passengers are members of your immediate family.
  • Curfew. This nighttime driving restriction prohibits you from operating a vehicle between 12:30 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. unless you are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Keep in mind that provisional license restrictions is a serious matter and you will lose your Massachusetts drivers license if you don't observe them. Breaking the curfew restriction is a criminal offense, equal to driving without a valid drivers license.

Drivers Permit Restrictions

If you are still driving under a Massachusetts drivers permit, you have to observe the following Massachusetts permit restrictions:

  • No driving alone. Whenever you wish to practice driving, make sure you have a licensed driver who is at least 21 years old seated next to you. The supervising driver must have at least one year of driving experience.

If you have not taken your Massachusetts permit test yet, you may want to check our free Massachusetts practice drivers test that will give you a pretty good idea of whether you are ready for the real knowledge exam.