Convenient Hours and Locations

The Tri-Town Driving Program is offered in 3 convenient locations in the Boston area.

We have daytime, evening and weekend classroom sessions to accommodate your teenager’s schedule. In addition, we offer weekly road test services.

As a courtesy to our students and parents, we send email confirmations of class schedule, each driving lesson, and weekly road tests.

FAQ

About Tri-Town Driving School

Where are you located?

Our corporate office is located at 580 Main Street in Reading, MA
For a list of all locations click here

Do you have male and female instructors?

Yes, we have both male and female instructors available for driving lessons.

What forms of payment are accepted?

Cash, Check, Money Order, all MasterCard, Visa and Discover, and Debit Cards are acceptable forms of payment for the driver’s education program. We also have gift cards, which would make the perfect gift. Please contact the office to purchase your gift card today.

Does the Massachusetts Department of Transportation license Tri-Town Driving School?

Yes, we are fully licensed and approved by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.

Are your instructors background checked?

Yes, All Tri-Town instructors have a driving record and CORI report on file. Our 45 driving instructors include police officers, teachers, firefighters, Class A professional truck drivers and court officers—individuals.

 

Classes and Fees

When are driving lessons offered?

Driving lessons and observation time are offered by appointment seven days a week during the hours of 7:00AM through 8:00PM.

What is observation?

Observation is when a student sits in the back seat of the car during a driving lesson and observes another student driving.

How does a student schedule driving lessons?

To schedule driving lessons go to Tri-Town.com and use your online username and password or call our office Monday through Thursday 9:00AM-5:00PM and Friday 9:00AM-4:00PM.
Please remember:

  • The parent class must be complete before scheduling your behind-the-wheel training.
  • We must have a signed copy of the parent/student contract on file.
  • The course must be paid in full.
  • We need a copy of your permit.

How does a student schedule a road test?

To schedule a Saturday road test please click here. Sign up for a Road Test form
To schedule a weekday road test, call the MassDOT directly at 857.368.8000.
To download a road test application form please click here. Form – print pdf

How long is a driving lesson?

Each driving lesson runs for 2 hours, with the student driving for 1½ hours and observing for Approximately 30 minutes.

How many students are in the car during a driving lesson?

There are typically 2-3 students in the vehicle during a driving lesson.

Where are students picked up for driving lessons?

As a convenience to our customers, students are picked up by an instructor at home, school, work, etc. Pick-up location must be designated at the time the lesson is booked.

How far in advance do you schedule driving lessons?

We are usually scheduling driving lessons one to two weeks in advance.

Do you offer confirmations of all classes, driving lessons, and/or road tests?

Yes, as a courtesy to our students and parents, we send email confirmations of class schedule, each driving lesson, and Saturday road test.

What are the fees and when are they due?

The fee for the complete driver education program is *$729. This includes 30 hours classroom instruction, 12 hours of behind the wheel driving, 6 hours of observation time. This fee must be paid by the first class.
For a list of all other fees please see the Tuition section on our website.

                                                                          *Special!

Why is the $35 Driver Education Certificate fee not included in your price?

The Driver Education Certificate is issued by the Massachusetts of Department of Transportation; The information will be added to the student’s permanent record and an electronic copy of the certificate will be maintained on file indicating that the student has completed driver’s education and they will be eligible to take a road test. For your convenience we will collect your check of $35.00 (made payable to the Tri-Town Driving School) on the first day of class and forward it for you.

What is the fee for the weekly road test, and what is included?

Tri-Town offers road test services at our Wilmington location every week. The fee for this service is *$129.00 (Tri-Town Students Only) and includes use of a 2014 pre-approved vehicle, certified instructor as your sponsor, all associated paperwork, plus the fees for the MassDOT examiner conducting the road test.

*Weekly Road Test (Non Tri-Town Students)  $149.00
*If you schedule a lesson/s – Road Test rate. $129.00

I completed 30 hours of classroom with another driving school with another driving school. Can I complete my 12 hours of behind the wheel instruction and 6 hours observation with Tri-Town Driving School?

Yes. This is called limited participation. The student must get a letter from the school where the 30 hours of classroom instruction was completed. Once we obtain this letter, driving lessons will be scheduled. The current fee for the driving portion of our program (12 hours of behind-the-wheel training and 6 hours of observation) is $695. This fee must be paid in full to Tri-Town Driving School on or before the student’s first driving lesson.

What if I miss a class? Can classes be made up?

Any missed class must be made up. The student must attend that exact class.

Do you offer private lessons and what is the cost?

Yes, we offer one-on-one instruction; the fee is $150 per lesson, which includes 1½ hours of behind-the-wheel training.

 

Legal, Registry and Road Test

How long do I have to complete the Driver Education Program?

The MassDOT requires you to complete a Driver Education Program within a two year period. Unfortunately, If you fail to complete the program during this time, you must re-take the full course.*

*Additional fees will apply.

When do I receive my Driver Education Certificate?

Approximately three days after you have completed your last driving lesson, your certificate will be entered into the MassDOT and Insurance database.

What do I need to bring with me to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to get a learner’s permit and what is the fee?

You must bring your original birth certificate, social security card, completed learner’s permit application; signed by a parent or guardian if you are under 18.
The fee for the learners permit is $30. Click here to download this application.

I have an international driver’s license. Do I need to get a Massachusetts learners permit?

Yes. You have one year to obtain a Massachusetts driver license.

What are the new requirements to get a license? Effective September 1, 2007

30 hour classroom
12 hours behind-the-wheel
6 hours observing
40 hours supervised driving with parent or guardian
Parent or guardian must participate in 2 hour advisory course

What are the New Teen Driving Rules? Effective March 31, 2007

Here are some highlights:
Driving with other passengers in first six months
1st offense: 60 day license suspension
2nd offense: 180 day suspension
3rd offense: 1 year suspension

Junior Operator driving between midnight and 5 a.m.
1st offense: 60 day license suspension
2nd offense: 180 day suspension
3rd offense: 1 year suspension

Permit Holder driving without an adult or between midnight and 5 a.m.
1st offense: 60 day license suspension
2nd offense: 180 day suspension
3rd offense: 1 year suspension

Junior Operator drag racing
1st offense: $250 plus 1 year license suspension plus $500 to reinstate license
2nd offense: $500 plus 3 years license suspension plus $1000 to reinstate

Junior Operator speeding (in addition to fines)
1st offense: 90 day license suspension plus $500 to reinstate license
2nd offense: 1 year suspension plus $500 to reinstate

What are the Mobile Phones and Text Messaging Violations and Penalties? Effective September 30, 2010

Under 18
No one under 18 years of age may use a mobile device while driving!
This includes: Talking, Texting, Hands fee devices as well as accessing the internet.

Violations & Penalties
1st offense: $100.00 fine, 60 day suspension. and must complete the attitude retraining course.
2nd offense: $250.00 fine, 180 day suspension
3rd offense: $500.00 fine, 1 year suspension

Over 18
Mobile phones are permitted while driving for anyone over 18 years of age, as long as one hand remains on the steering wheel at all times, and it does not interfere with safe operation of the vehicle.
You may not send or receive text messages or access the internet while driving!
This includes: Texting, e-mailing, as well as accessing the internet.

Violations & Penalties
1st offense: $100.00 fine
2nd offense: $250.00 fine
3rd offense: $500.00 fine