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


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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 completed all classroom sessions, have a parent class taken 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 do I sign up for your Gilmore-sponsored weekend road test in Holden?
If you are one of our students, click the link in your invitation email. If you're not one of our students, sorry but we will most likely not have a spot for you. Please note that the RMV sets the date, and we typically receive 7 days' notice. Although it's usually on Saturday or Sunday, occasionally due to very high demand we will get an alternate day, such as Tuesday evening.

How do I get a parent class certificate?
Send $10 (cash, bank check or money order only - NO personal checks) with a note containing the name of the parent who took the class, the name of the students for whom the class was taken, the approximate date that the class was taken, and your email address to: Gilmore's Driving School, 456 Main Street, Holden MA 01520. We will email you an image of the certificate, and send you a hard copy by US Mail. Please note that we do not replace certificates for parent classes that are more than 4 years old. Requests accompanied by a personal check will be disregarded.

Can I rent or borrow one of your cars to take the road test on my own at the RMV?
Sorry, we don't provide that. If you are one of our students you might be able to take the Gilmore's-sponsored weekend RMV road test right at our Holden location. If for some reason you want to try at the RMV on your own and you don't have a vehicle that meets RMV expectations, we hear that you can rent a suitable car from AVIS Car Rental at 220 Worcester Rd, Framingham, MA (508) 872-8707. Please note that any borrowed/rental vehicle used for a road test must have express written permission from the owner or rental company for such a purpose.

What are the time limits for completing driver's ed with your driving school?
Tuition must be paid within 60 days of your classroom, and you must create a Schedule2Drive account and begin your road lessons within 90 days of your classroom end date. Tuition covers participation in our program for 6 to 12 months from your classroom date only. With just a little effort, most students easily finish lessons within 2-3 months.

How do I get my road lessons done quickly?
Make sure that the parent class is taken. Make yourself available, be flexible about pickup locations and times, don't be a no-show or cancel lessons, and log in to your Schedule2Drive account twice daily. Due to crowd behavior phenomena (social psychology), the demand for lessons fluctuates wildly. If you are not soon to be eligible for a license, your ability to schedule lessons could be restricted to one or two lessons per week.

I am under 18, what must I do to get into your Saturday Road Test?
Our policy is to admit graduates of Gilmore's Driving School only. Due to current RMV policies, procedures and deadlines and in order for us to process your driver education completion with the RMV and have it processed in time to get you into a road test, all students will need to meet the following criteria 15 days in advance:
1) Finish all classroom modules and road lessons, and make sure parent class is valid.
2) Complete at least 40 hours of "supervised driving" at home.
3) Have a valid, unexpired permit, which was obtained at least 6 months prior to the road test date.
4) Submit to us any unpaid balances, plus our road test sponsorship fee.

You will also need to do the following:
1) If you didn't pre-pay the licensing fees when you obtained your learner's permit: 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 licensing fees are not included in tuition or road test sponsorship at any driving school and must be paid by you directly to the RMV. Once you pass the road test, your permit becomes a license if you prepaid the RMV licensing fees. If you received your learner's permit prior to 3/26/18, you will have to go IN PERSON to the RMV, supply the required additional documentation, and pay the fees then.
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").

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. As a minimum, bring your birth certificate (with raised seal) and Social Security card, proof of Massachusetts address, and if you have a Federally-issued ID such as a passport, bring that too! Please note that applicants who are over 18 will need to provide additional documents proving Massachusetts residence and verification of your signature.

What is included in tuition at Gilmore's Driving School??
Full tuition includes the 30-hour classroom and use of our well-maintained cars for 12 hours of road lessons and 6 hours observation. There are no additional per-lesson charges. Charges not included in tuition: There will be a one-time $10 fee paid directly to Schedule2Drive to use the scheduling program. Once you are completely finished, you will pay us $95 to take a Gilmore's-sponsored road test, or if you are going to the RMV on your own: $30 for the driver's ed completion affidavit and RMV charges. All Massachusetts residents who seek a driver's license must also pay $85 in licensing fees directly to the RMV, which are separate from both tuition and the road test 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 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 reasonable dropoff requests when logistically feasible.

What is the Driver Education Completion fee?
There is NO piece of paper that you will receive. For you to qualify for a JOL road test (under 18) and insurance discount (all), upon full completion of our program we need to audit, correct and finalize all of your data on the RMV Atlas system, submit the driver education completion request electronically, and pay a fee on your behalf to the RMV. This fee is not included in tuition, and separate from any other fees that you may have paid to the RMV directly. If you're taking the road test on your own, your driver's ed completion needs to be processed before you can schedule your test (call for instructions). Once again, a piece of paper that was formerly mailed by the RMV no longer exists, 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. 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 severely diminished.

Why did the RMV examiner fail me/my son/daughter/friend for no reason?
Such a scenario does not exist. All road test applicants begin the exam with a passing grade, and are unsuccessful only if they exhibit lack of vehicle control, don't follow rules of the road, or create a dangerous situation that requires examiner intervention. Due to nervousness or lack of preparation some people do fail, and it can be embarrassing to admit why.

How long does it take for my new license to arrive?
If you already submitted the required new documents and 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 and/or additional documentation 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. If you take the Gilmore's Driving School-sponsored road test, we do all of the data entry and scheduling for you, provide the venue, sponsor and approved vehicle, and make an optional warmup lesson available to you at a subsidized cost. We do not process your license; once you've taken the road test, the RMV is in charge of processing and there is no need to contact us. The RMV licensing fees are in addition to, and separate from, our sponsorship fee.

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