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How to Apply for a New Driver's License in Massachusetts

You can apply for a new driver's license at any Registry of Motor Vehicles Office in Massachusetts. Obtain a Massachusetts Driver's Handbook to familiarize with the driving rules and regulations. A license application can be obtained online from here.


Following are the basic requirements for applying for a Massachusetts driver's license:

  1. Applicants must be 16 1/2 years or older. At the age of 16 an applicant can apply for a learner's permit but a Class D license (passenger vehicles) will not be issued till the applicant is 16 ½ years old and has had his learner's permit in good order for six months.
  2. Any individual under 18 should provide parental consent and must complete an approved driver education training program. For additional details, see Beginner Drivers and/or Learner's Permits for Beginner Drivers.
  3. Everyone must pass the vision, written, and driving tests. See Practice Tests and Driver's Handbook for more information on the written examination. Driver education programs can help individuals prepare for their road test.
  4. Applicants must provide acceptable proof of identification.
  5. Applicants must provide proof of Massachusetts residency.
  6. A social security number is mandatory for all applications. If you do not have a valid SSN, call 1-800-772-1213 and request an application. If the request is denied, one can still apply for a license provided the other ID requirements are satisfied. As supporting evidence, the SSN Denial Notice (within 30 days) must be furnished.
  7. Click here to download the ID Brochure.


Massachusetts residents holding a driver's license from another state (as well as Canada and Mexico) also need to apply for a Massachusetts Driver's License. An applicant can submit his Out-of-State license for conversion subject to RMV's ID requirements. If the Out-of-State license stands expired for more than one year but less than four years, a written test for the class license you are trying to convert is compulsory. If the license has been expired more than four years, a full round of tests - written and road, with an eye test will be required.

Non-US citizens residing in Massachusetts may apply for a Massachusetts driver's license, but they need to take all the tests (written, road and eye). While a person may drive in the state with a valid foreign license from one of the countries listed in Appendix A for up to one year from the date of entry into the country, but on taking residency within the state they need to apply for a state driver's license. The application is available online.


The cost for a non-commercial (Class D) Massachusetts driver's license is $40.


The validity of a Massachusetts driver's license is 5 years.


With certain restrictions, an individual can legally drive in Massachusetts with a learner's license. See more information on learner's permit here.


Reviews of How to Apply for a New Driver's License in Massachusetts

I am non citizen but I got a SSN wich i got when i was in USA in 2010 ....

Am I able to get de license drive in Ma?

Is the $40 fee for a non-commercial license include the road test or is that just for the actual license?

I want to know if there Is any town that offer the driver licence test in Portuguese ?


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Does my 16 and a half year old need (12) road lessons at $60 a piece before going for her license, She has already taken the classroom's at $300 & 5-6 road lessons. ???? This web page clearly needs to be updated & or re-written.

I totally agree with you. This website could be more streamlined, to be easier for the customer.

i just want to know what i need to do to get my suspend license back it wasn't from a duo or anything just me being a stupid teenager an way any help would be appreciated

Hello im an international student

is a passport with I94 and an SSN enough to apply for a driver's permit and ID ?

Where is the information on junior licenses? Specifically, curfews.

I am moving. How do I change my address on my driver's license?

Applying online for applications for West Springfield proves difficult as you cannot fully type it in the given field and when you abbreviate it says up are using the incorrect area code.

How do i change the last name on my license, because i just got married

you need to change it with your SSC and then you show your marrige licences and you SSC and thats it but you need to pay for the ID or your licenes