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How to Renew a Driver's License in Massachusetts

A Massachusetts Driver's License can be renewed either online or in person at any Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles full service office or a license express office.


  1. Your Massachusetts driver's license is valid for five years and expires on your birthday. The Massachusetts RMV usually sends you a renewal form about 60 days prior to the expiry date.
  2. It is advisable to renew your driver's license before the birthday on which it will expire. You can renew your license up to a year leading up to its expiration.


You must:
  1. Bring a completed application form.
  2. Bring your current license.
  3. Pass a vision screening test.
  4. Provide your SSN or updated Social Security Denial Notice (not more than 30 days old)
  5. Pay the renewal fee of $40 (at limited service branches you can only pay by check or credit card).
You will be issued a temporary license during renewal which is valid for 30 days but it cannot be used for identification purposes. Your new Photo-Imaging License will be mailed to you within five to seven days.


You can renew your Massachusetts driver license online, but only every other renewal period, i.e., only every ten years. You will need a valid e-mail address, your current driver's license and appropriate documentation to renew online. Payment can be charged to your Visa, MasterCard or Discover. You are not eligible for online renewal if:
  • Your license photo is more than nine years old or was taken before your 21st birthday.
  • You do not have an SSN.
  • You hold a commercial driver's license.
  • You have initiated an online Change of Address transaction but have not received a confirmation e-mail yet.
  • You need to change your name.
  • You want to change your organ donor status as indicated on your current license.
  • You want to register to vote.
  • Your license is currently under suspension or has been revoked in any other state.
  • You have a medical condition which may affect your ability to safely drive a motor vehicle. For more information refer to the medical affairs section of the RMV website.
Outstanding parking tickets and warrants, unpaid child support, fast lane violations and unpaid excise taxes, etc. can also be reasons for rejection of your driver's license renewal application in Massachusetts.


Reviews of How to Renew a Driver's License in Massachusetts

I am a Massachusetts resident but go to school in Charleston, SC. I am turning 21 in early july, 2015. Can I renew my license online or do I have to make a trip home just to renew my license? I read online here that you need a picture after your 21st birthday to apply online. Is there anyway I can get my picture taken through the DMV in Charleston, SC?


I have my VA driver's license and i have moved to MA few months ago.

My VA license has expired on Sep 2014.

Can you kindly let me know how i can renew my license, so i can use in MA please!



I still have not received my license and it has been more than 2 weeks now. I would like to know what is going on I am out of state in Virginia. I have my mom back home and have sent it to her address and still nothing.

Its a government agency expect them to work fast/on time?

Ever sit down there and'll receive it, it may just take a bit.

if you go to renew your lincense 1 month after it has expired do you have to do all the road testing again????

They let you renew online but they don't let you print any verification of this process, and there is no mention of this on the website. I renewed online, paid the $65, but am left *without* a valid license for 10 days.

They dont 'allow' you to print the confirmation? Are you new to the internet? Either use your browser print option, or right click on the web page and select print. Worse comes to worse...utilize your computers 'print screen' option which takes a screen shot of whatever screen youre on. Then simply open up the Paint program on your computer and select past and boom theres the page and simply print it out from the Paint program.

All you need is the 'Transaction Summary' page and possibly the 'Thank-You' page printed out and either carry it with you in case you get pulled over, or im sure its been entered into the records that you renewed online.

Yeah, I got an email that said something along the lines of "you can't drive until your license arrives unless you print this email" and didn't have my name, license number, or anything. I actually got pulled over with this, and while the police officer wasn't happy, he accepted me giving my printed out email, my name, DOB, and college picture ID. I'm worried because I left it for last minute again and will be driving out of state. Will they accept this stupid printout in CT? Why won't they email us a picture of the temporary printout one that you get when you go to the RMV?

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My son turns 21 on Friday February 10, 2012. He is out of state at college, what does he do to obtain a new drivers license? I live in Massachusetts..he is in Michigan

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