If something happened to your Massachusetts drivers license, as in it was lost, stolen or damaged, it is your responsibility to acquire a replacement. The only instance in which you can file for drivers license renewal is if you are within a year of your expiration date.
Fortunately, the MA Department of Transportation Registry of Motor Vehicles makes it easy for you to replace drivers license credentials in just minutes, leaving you with plenty of time to report the matter.
The RMV highly recommends that you report the loss or theft of your driving license to local law enforcement in an effort to protect your identity. In addition, the RMV advises you to complete a Request for Activity Hold Add/Remove form so that the Registry of Motor Vehicles cannot conduct any more drivers license or ID transactions with the missing drivers license. The form will ask you to include:
In addition, you should also call a driver's license representative at your local RMV to find out if your replacement fee will be waived for having filed the report.
In order to obtain an MA drivers license replacement, there are certain eligibility requirements that you must meet. They are as follows:
As long as you meet the eligibility qualifications, you will be able to replace driving license credentials in Massachusetts in one of three ways:
You cannot replace your drivers license by mail.
In order to replace lost drivers license credentials online, you will have to follow these steps:
Regarding eligibility, an initial questionnaire will inform you whether or not you are eligible to apply online. If your answers check out, you will be asked to:
After you have completed the process, you will receive a receipt by email, which will serve as your temporary driving license until your MA drivers license replacement arrives within 10 business days.
To replace drivers license credentials by phone, you will have to contact the RMV Telephone Center and provide a valid VISA, Discover, American Express, MasterCard or debit card.
Call 857-368-8000 if:
Call 800-858-3926 if:
In order to replace license credentials in person, you will have to bring the following to your local RMV office:
It's highly recommended that you schedule an appointment as soon as you decide you are going to replace your drivers license. Wait times at your local RMV will be long and can eat up all of your free time. Fortunately, DMV.com features an RMV locator that will save you some time and help you find the office that's closest to you.
If you need to replace DMV drivers license documents while you are out-of-state or on active duty, you can apply for a duplicate drivers license in Massachusetts. The same thing applies to those who are a dependent of a military member. The steps you must follow include:
Also, be sure to provide your current mailing address, not your permanent Massachusetts address, when you are asked to do so during the application process.
The last thing you must remember when applying to replace stolen drivers license documentation in Massachusetts is the fee associated with your transaction. The price you must pay will depend on the kind of card you need to replace:
The MA RMV accepts cash, checks and money orders.