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Main Office:
Gilmore's Driving School
456 Main Street (Rt 122A)
Holden, MA 01520
(Next to Jed's hardware)


Classroom Location:
Gilmore's Driving School
1000 Boston Turnpike (Rt 9)
Shrewsbury, MA 01545
(Next to Cape Cod Crafters)
  At the Christmas Tree Shops

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Are you certified by the RMV?
Yes, we are Professional Driving School #9172.

Can you explain the various terminology?
Most students begin with the classroom session, where students come to the driving school and attend a total of 30 hours of classes while sitting at a desk. There is no driving done during classroom sessions. Students who have paid their tuition in full and have a learner's permit then begin their 12 hours of road lessons, which is the on-road driving portion of driver's ed. The road test is the examination that you take when you are going for your license.

How old do I have to be to get started?
You can take our driver's ed classroom at 15 years, 9 months old. We recommend taking the classroom session shortly before turning 16, as the permit test at the RMV will be easier as a result (but you should still study the
driver's manual, due to the possibility of obscure questions that wouldn't be covered in our class).

Why don't you do classes at churches like the other driving schools?
Gilmore's Driving School is all about quality and providing a comfortable environment for ALL students. We have made a major commitment to our Shrewsbury and Holden area customers by providing stable and dedicated classroom facilities. Although we could obviously save a lot of money and stuff our pockets with the higher profits, doing classes at a religious institution goes against our professional principles.

How do I get my license by the end of summer, in time for the new school year?
If you want to take the road test in August prior to the new school year, you must complete the 30-hour classroom in June or sooner, and finish all of your road lessons by late July. We also recommend that you begin the driving curriculum several weeks prior to your June classroom (available certain times of year only at nominal extra cost). To have the best chance of passing the road test, you should also do more than the legally required 40 hours of driving at home. Due to RMV deadlines and procedures, you must finish ALL requirements at least three weeks prior to a road test.

What do you teach in the course?
Our curriculum is closely based on RMV course guidelines and teaches safe driving attitudes and techniques. We carefully schedule road lessons to focus on skill advancement and avoid low-value "taxi" driving. Our experienced instructors will train you to anticipate and avoid risks, rather than simply react to them. In addition to real-world street skills, you'll practice all of the maneuvers required for the road test on nearly every lesson.

What are the time limits for completing driver's ed with your driving school?
Driving tuition must be paid within 6 months of the first classroom day. You must begin driving with us within 9 months of your classroom. Tuition covers participation in our program for up to one year.

I am under 18, what must I do to get into your Saturday Road Test?
Due to current RMV policies, procedures and deadlines and in order for us to request your driver education certificate from the RMV and have it processed in time to get you into a road test, all students will need to meet the following criteria 21 days in advance:
1) Finish all classroom modules and road lessons.
2) Complete at least 40 hours of "supervised driving" at home.
3) Have a valid, unexpired permit, which was obtained at least 183 days prior to the road test date.
4) Parent class completed, or copy of certificate from class taken elsewhere already submitted to us.
5) Submit to us any unpaid tuition, late cancellation fees and our road test sponsorship fee.

You will also need to do the following within the three weeks leading up to the road test:
1) If you didn't pre-pay the licensing fees when you obtained your learner's permit or prior to the 3-week deadline: call (857-368-8000), go to
RMV WEBSITE or visit RMV and "pre-pay licensing fees" ($85). Please note that you cannot pay the fees through the school or to the examiner on the day of your road test. RMV fees are not included in tuition or road test sponsorship at any driving school and must be paid by you directly. Once you pass the road test, your permit becomes a license if you prepaid the RMV licensing fees.
2) About 1 week before your road test: log into your Schedule2Drive account and schedule your warmup lesson (look for a short lesson one or two days before the exam which clearly says "warmup lesson").

What is done in the parent class?
Our parent class is a State-mandated, two-hour information session, typically held either on a weekday evening or a Saturday morning.

I missed a classroom session, what should I do?
You will need to make up the time during the next available course session. Please consult the
Online Schedule and then give us a call. Please note that we do not guarantee available space for make-up students, therefore you are urged to attend your regularly-scheduled classes.

Can I drive in NH with my MA learner's Permit?
Our best current information says you can drive in CT, ME, NY and RI on a MA learner's permit, but you CANNOT legally drive in NH or VT. It is always wise to check with the other state's DMV before proceeding.

If I take your course do I get an insurance discount?
Yes. Graduates of our full driver's ed program receive an insurance discount of up to 20%, no extra courses required! Please check with your insurance company.

How do I register for your course?
Call us at 508-829-5500, come see us in person at 456 Main Street Holden, or click the
Registration link.

Do I need a learner's permit to get started?
You do not need a permit to register for a class or to start the classroom sessions with us (see above).

How do I obtain my learner's permit?
You should study the
driver's manual and then go to the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) to take the permit test. No appointment is needed, but you must arrive at least 1 hour+ before closing. Bring your birth certificate and Social Security card!

What is included in tuition at Gilmore's Driving School??
Full tuition includes everything needed to complete your driver education: the 30-hour classroom, use of our well-maintained cars for 12 hours of road lessons and 6 hours observation, the Schedule2Drive account fee and the parent class. There are no hidden charges of any kind; no additional per-lesson charges or charges for classroom manuals, etc. Road test sponsorship is not included since road test sponsorship by us is an optional service!

Once you are finished with all requirements, you'll need to sign up for Saturday road test sponsorship with us or make other arrangements if you want to go to the RMV on your own (not recommended). All Massachusetts residents who seek a driver's license must also pay $85 in licensing fees directly to the RMV, which are separate from the sponsorship fee you pay the driving school. RMV licensing fees are not included in tuition or road test sponsorship at any driving school and cannot be paid through the school.

How do I pay my tuition balance?
When you want to begin the driving portion of the curriculum, you may come in person to our Holden office, bring payment with you to the first classroom session, or mail a check to Gilmore's Driving School at 456 Main Street, Holden MA 01520. The balance is discounted if tuition balance is settled before the first classroom session begins.

What types of cars do you have?
fleet includes several all-wheel drive vehicles such as Subaru Foresters and a Toyota RAV4, plus Honda sedans and our famous red Ford Mustang. Definitely NOT your typical driving school econoboxes! We don't just talk about safety, we go the extra mile to provide it. From December-March our fleet is 100% equipped with snow tires. We're extremely diligent about maintenance, which is performed by ASE master technicians. All of our cars are NHSTA 5-star rated and/or IIHS top safety picks, and our Subaru Foresters all have the Eyesight anti-collision system which gives them the Top Safety Pick+ rating. All vehicles are equipped with dual controls, ABS, front and side-curtain airbags, traction control, stability control, and quality brand-name tires.

How do I schedule road lessons?
JOL students should go to our
scheduling instructions page and use the school code that was given to you in class to register. Once registered, please wait to be activated (one week or less) and then use your student login.

How do I schedule a lesson with my friend?
Look on Schedule2Drive for a lesson with 2 spots open, with the same instructor at the same time. If you both sign up for this lesson, you will be together.

How do I get 12 hours of driving but only 6 hours observation?
Focus on your drive times with us and supervised (at home) driving, and don't worry about observation time, which usually just takes care of itself.

Where will you pick me up?
We pick up at local high schools and other convenient central locations. Our top priorities are your safety and the quality of education provided. Because we don't want students to be "taxi drivers" at the expense of receiving quality lessons, we do not pick up at home. We try to honor dropoff requests whenever logistically feasible.

What is the RMV certificate fee?
To qualify for a JOL license (under 18) and insurance discount (all), we send a form to the RMV by express courier along with our company check, stating that you completed driver education. The certificate fee is included in our weekend road test package, which is due to us 21 days before the road test. If you're taking the road test on your own, the certificate needs to be processed by the RMV before you can schedule your test (call for instructions). A paper "certificate" is no longer mailed, it is now just an entry on the RMV computer system.

Why don't you include optional road test sponsorship in tuition?
Because it is an industry standard, and because it is optional.

Do you guarantee that I'll pass?
Although our passing rate is among the highest in the State of Massachusetts, no driving school can guarantee that every applicant will pass. Since we test several hundred applicants per year, even with a passing rate well above 90% there are still dozens of people who fail. Your chances are influenced by factors beyond our control, such as how well you function under pressure. If you didn't do a full 40 hours of quality training at home as required by Mass law, your chances of passing the road test will be diminished.

How long does it take for my new license to arrive?
If you pre-paid the RMV licensing fees directly to the RMV, you should receive your license in the mail within 10 to 12 days. If you don't receive it within 2 weeks, it is usually because the RMV wants money from you and you should contact the RMV directly. Please note that if you took the exam more than once, you will owe additional fees to the RMV. Once you've taken and passed the road test, the processing of your license is completely out of our hands and there is no need to contact us. The RMV licensing fees are in addition to, and separate from, our sponsorship fee.

Can I rent or borrow one of your cars to take the road test on my own at the RMV?
Sorry, that will absolutely never happen.

What about skid school?
We don't offer it. Our program is focused on encouraging safe driver decision-making, recognizing and avoiding dangerous situations before they occur instead of just trying to react after the fact.

According to a June 2006 article published by the National Institute of Health, "Young drivers who receive skid training, especially males, have more crashes than those without training, probably through inspiring overconfidence and show-off behavior". You might also want to read the following article before deciding is skid school is right for you:   Skid Recovery and Evasive Swerve Training are Dangerous!

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