Massachusetts Frequently Asked Questions

Am I required to take a motorcycle training course?
Yes. To get a standard Class M motorcycle license if you are under the age of 18, you will need to complete the Massachusetts Rider Education Program (MREP). You will conclude the program with a motorcycle skills test.

For more informaiton: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Massachusetts

Am I required to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle?
Yes. After getting a motorcycle license in Massachusetts, you and your passenger must wear a helmet at all times. Additionally, you must wear goggles, eyeglasses or a protective face shield. An exception to this is if your motorcycle comes with a wind shield or screen.

For more informaiton: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Massachusetts

Are there times I won’t be allowed to renew registration?
You will not be able to renew vehicle registration if you have any outstanding parking tickets, excise tax bills, abandoned vehicle offenses or have failed to pay child support. If any of these issues apply to you, they must be first resolved before you can proceed with registration renewal. You will also not be allowed to renew if your registration was lost, damaged or stolen before it is time for renewal. In these instances, you must get a replacement car registration.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Massachusetts

Can I have different addresses on my driver license and my vehicle registration?
When updating your RMV records, it is best to keep all your Massachusetts address changing information current. Fortunately, you use the MA RMV Change of Address Form 10094 to update numerous driving documents.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Massachusetts

Can I keep the car insurance I have from my previous state of residence?
No, if you live in Massachusetts, you are required to get car insurance in the new state. In addition, you must also meet the new state’s coverage requirements.

Fore more information: Massachusetts Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

Can I renew my commercial drivers license online?
No. The state of Massachusetts requires drivers who are renewing CDL credentials to do so in person at a local RMV office.

For more information: Massachusetts Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

Can I request a certified driver’s record online?
Certified driving records are available for purchase online. You can also obtain these reports by mail, in person or by phone.

For more information: Your Massachusetts Driving Record

Can I take the DMV written test online?
Yes, there is a computer version of the written drivers test available. Drivers can take a drivers ed class online to prepare for the exam, and online practice tests are also available.

Fore more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Massachusetts

Can I use my state CDL anywhere in the United States?
As long as you have a CDL interstate license and are abiding by the driving rules and regulations of other states, then you can use your commercial driving license across the country. A driver must be at least 21 years old to drive between states with a CDL.

For more information: Massachusetts Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

Can somebody else renew my registration for me?
It is best that you, not another individual, renew your Massachusetts vehicle registration. For your convenience, the MA DMV offers drivers four ways by phone, online, in person or by mail to renew registration.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Massachusetts

Do boats need to be registered?
Yes, most boats are required to be registered in the state of Massachusetts and they are done through the Boat, Off-Highway Vehicle and Snowmobile Registration Bureau. The BOVSRB has five different offices in the state. To see a full listing of them, visit their Registration Offices page.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Massachusetts

Do I need a motorcycle license to ride a scooter or moped?
You must have a valid MA Class M drivers license, other class of license or learners permit in order to operate a moped or scooter in the state of Massachusetts. You cannot legally operate these vehicles without such credentials.

For more informaiton: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Massachusetts

Do I need to attend traffic school if I get a speeding ticket?
The state of Massachusetts does not allow drivers to attend traffic school in order to have their ticket dismissed. However, defensive driving school can be used to remove points from your driving record.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Massachusetts

Do I need to cancel my insurance if I am moving to another state?
Yes, if you are in the process of moving to a different state, you will need to cancel your insurance for car. However, you should only do so once you have registered your vehicle at your new residential destination.

Fore more information: Massachusetts Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

Do I need to file a police report if my license was lost or stolen?
The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles strongly encourages drivers who have lost drivers license credentials or had it stolen to report this incident to the proper, local authorities.

You can also report your lost or stolen license directly with the MA RMV by filling out a Request for Activity Hold Add/Remove form.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Massachusetts Driver’s License or ID Card

Do I need to file a police report if my registration was lost or stolen?
Yes, it is highly recommended that you report lost car registration or stolen car registration to the proper authorities. Doing so can help you reduce the chances of identity theft or fraud.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Massachusetts

Do I need to return my license plate if I move out of the state?
Yes, the state of Massachusetts requires that you surrender your license plate if you intend to move to a different state. You can do this by either handing them in person at an RMV branch, or by sending them to the address below:

Attn: Express Registry of Motor Vehicles PO Box 55889 Boston, MA 02205-5889

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Massachusetts

Do I need to take a drivers ed course?
Yes. In order to obtain your Junior Operator license in Massachusetts, you must take a drivers education course. This program requires 30 hours of classroom instruction, along with 12 hours of “behind-the-wheel” training, and six hours of “in-car” experience while observing other students.

Additionally, you must fulfill either 40 hours of driving with a parent or legal guardian. There is also the option of completing 30 hours of supervised driving if you have taken a drivers skills development course already.

Your parent or guardian must also participate in two hours of your driver s ed course.

Fore more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Massachusetts

Do I need to turn in my damaged car title?
Yes. If you have a damaged car title, you should turn it in at a local RMV branch at your earliest convenience. The original vehicle title will no longer be valid when you receive a replacement.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Massachusetts

Do I need to turn in my damaged registration?
If you have damaged registration, it is recommended that you turn them during the process of replacing car registration. Your original vehicle registration will not be considered valid after you obtain a replacement.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Massachusetts

Does a motorized scooter need to be registered?
Motorized scooters are viewed as motorcycles in the state of Massachusetts. Therefore you will be required to undergo the standard “registering car” process.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Massachusetts

Does my vehicle qualify for a smog inspection?
Yes, most vehicles in Massachusetts are required to undergo a smog check and emissions testing. However, certain vehicles may be exempt, including the following:

  • Military vehicles
  • Electric powered cars
  • Motorcycles
  • Moped
  • Diesel vehicles less than 8,500 lbs, over 15 years old and manufactured before 1998
  • Diesel vehicles up to 10,000 lbs, over 15 years old and manufactured before 2007

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Massachusetts

How can I avoid a license suspension if I choose not to insure my vehicle?
If you are a driver in the state of Massachusetts, then you are required to apply for car insurance. Failure to do so can result in drivers license suspension. If you intend to not drive on the roads, then you should cancel your insurance policy plan and make sure to return your plates, along with your vehicle registration.

Fore more information: Massachusetts Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

How can I get a veteran designation on my ID card?
You can add a veteran designation on your ID card application upon the time of renewal. You will need to present an honorable discharge document or form when you apply. There will be no additional fee to do so.

For more information: How to Apply for a Massachusetts Identification Card

How can I obtain a copy of the driver manual?
The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles offers driving manuals in both English and Spanish for your convenience. Before completing a drivers license application, you can access them online by visiting these links:

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Massachusetts

How can I pay for my traffic or parking ticket?
Your traffic or parking ticket should contain information about where and how to pay it. For example, when it comes to parking infractions, you will be required to pay the ticket to the municipality where your ticket was issued. To pay traffic tickets, however, you have the option to pay for your citation either online or by mail.

If you choose to pay for it online, visit the MA RMV Civil Motor Vehicle Citation page.

Make sure to have a major credit card available for payment. American Express, MasterCard, VISA or Discover as well as an electronic check are accepted.

If you choose to pay for it by mail, you can submit payment to the address below:

Attn: Citation Payment Registry of Motor Vehicles PO Box 55890 Boston, MA 02205-5890

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Massachusetts

How can I renew my drivers license?
The state of Massachusetts requires you to renew your driver s license in person. In some instances, drivers may be eligible to renew drivers licenses online.

In person

To begin the process of renewing your license in person, pay a visit to your local RMV full service office. Upon meeting with a driver s license representative, you will be asked to present the following:

Online

To see if you are eligible for online renewal, visit the MA RMV Driver s License Renewal page.

Keep in mind, however, that if you have any outstanding tickets, you will be unable to renew your license until your issue has been resolved.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Massachusetts

How can I renew my vehicle registration?
The state of Massachusetts allows drivers to renew car registration in one of four ways: online, by phone, in person or by mail.

  • Online Visit the MA RMV Registration Renewal page.
  • By Phone Contact the RMV Telephone Center.
  • In Person Visit any RMV branch.
  • By Mail You must submit any applicable registration form and the renewal fee.

Send it to the address below:

Attn: Mail In Registration Registry of Motor Vehicles PO Box 55891 Boston, MA 02205-5891

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Massachusetts

How can I transfer my registration to another state?
In order to transfer your DMV vehicle registration to a different state, you will need to verify their own rules and regulations. Each state uses a slightly different process. It is best to call their DMV ahead of time so you can be prepared visiting one of their offices once you have moved.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Massachusetts

How do I apply for a commercial drivers license?
Drivers who are 21 or older may apply to obtain an interstate CDL license. However, those drivers who are between 18 and 20 years old can only apply for an intrastate CDL license, which allows them to operate a vehicle only within the state of Massachusetts.

You will have to complete your application process at an RMV office by presenting the following:

  • Proof of date of birth
  • Proof of signature
  • Proof of Massachusetts residency
  • Proof of Social Security Number
  • A completed Initial CDL Application (if obtaining a CDL permit)
  • Payment for any necessary fee

In order to obtain your CDL permit, you must pass a written exam and a vision screening exam. Your permit will be good for a period of two years. Thereafter you will be granted the opportunity to apply for a standard CDL license. A road skills test for the commercial vehicle you wish to operate will be required during this time.

For more information: Massachusetts Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

How do I apply for a disabled person parking placard or plates?
You may apply for handicap placards and plates by visiting any RMV branch, or if you prefer, you may visit the Medical Affairs office. This office is located at:

25 Newport Avenue EXT Quincy, MA

If you wish to fill out your application ahead of time or send it by mail, you can obtain the Application for Disabled Parking Placard/Plate Application for Disabled Parking Placard/Plate.

For mail-in requests, send it to:

Medical Affairs/ RMV P.O. Box 55889 Boston, MA 02205

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Massachusetts

How do I apply for a drivers license?
In order to apply for your MA drivers license, there is a set of requirements you must meet. They include the following:

  • Pass a road skills test. Keep in mind that to pass this test, you must also present your filled out Class D, M, or D/M License and ID Card Application, your Class D permit, a sponsor (who is at least 21 years old, has a license and has been driving for a year) and the vehicle in which you wish to use.
  • Present proof of date of birth, MA residence and Social Security Number. Only original documents will be accepted.
  • Pay any necessary fees.

You may use our RMV locator to find an office near you.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Massachusetts

How do I apply for a learner’s permit?
The state of Massachusetts requires individuals who are 16 to apply for their learners permit in person. Upon your visit to the local DMV office, you should be aware of the following:

  • You will have to present a filled out Class D, M, or D/M License and ID Card Application. A parent or legal guardian will be required to sign if you are under 18.
  • You will need to pass a vision exam, along with a written exam.
  • You will need to pay a $30 fee.
  • You will need to present proof of date of birth and Social Security Number

It is strongly advised that you study the Driver s Manual prior to taking your written exam.

Fore more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Massachusetts

How do I apply for a motorcycle license?
If you are at least 16 years old, you are eligible to apply for a MA motorcycle license. It s important to note that the requirements to apply for a motorcycle license differ for drivers 18 years of age or younger, and those who are older than 18.

For example, in order to obtain a motorcycle permit, you must first fulfill all the requirements of a Junior Operator License, as well as complete the following:

  • Provide proof of date of birth and Social Security Number verification.
  • Have your parent or legal guardian s signature on your Class D, M, or D/M License and ID Card Application.
  • Complete a driver education course, along with supervised “behind-the-wheel” driving.
  • Pay the necessary fee.
  • Pass the written knowledge test.
  • Pass a vision screening.

Once you are 16-and-a-half years old or older, you will be able to take the road skills test at your local RMV office and obtain a standard Class M license. However, you must have first fulfilled all the permit requirements along with completing the Massachusetts Rider Education Program (MREP).

If you would like to have your road skills test waived and are over 18, you can do so by participating in the Massachusetts Rider Education Program (MREP). For more information regarding this course, visit the MA RMV Rider Training page.

If you are 18 or older and applying for a motorcycle license, you will need to present proof of Massachusetts residence, along with your other identification documents.

For more informaiton: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Massachusetts

How do I change my address on my car insurance?
In order to change the address on your car insurance, you should contact your insurance company directly and notify them of this modification. Before changing the address on your policy, it is recommended you visit your local RMV office to change the information on your driving documents.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Massachusetts

How do I change my address on my car registration?
To change the address on your car registration, you will need to fill out an Amending a Title or Adding a Lien form. Additionally, you will need to present your car title and pay a replacement fee.

You can submit these items in person or by mail. If you choose to do so by mail, send them to the address below:

Attn: Title Correction Department Registry of Motor Vehicles PO Box 55885 Boston, MA 02205

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Massachusetts

How do I change my address on my commercial drivers license?
Drivers must fill out a CDL Application Form 21756 and pay the $25 fee for a replacement license if they go in person to a local RMV office. Obtaining a replacement license can also be done online.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Massachusetts

How do I change my address on my drivers license?
The state of Massachusetts allows you to complete address changing on your driver s license either in person, by phone, mail or online.

  • In Person Visit any local RMV office near you to complete the MA RMV Change of Address Form 10094 and submit payment for a replacement fee.
  • By Phone Contact the RMV Telephone Center.
  • By Mail Mail your Change of Address form, along with a $25 replacement license fee.
  • Online Visit the MA RMV Change of Address page.

When making your change of address request by mail, make sure to include information such as the following:

  • Your date of birth
  • Your full name
  • Your license number
  • Your old residential address
  • Your new residential address
  • Your plate number

Gather the aforementioned items and mail them to:

Registry of Motor Vehicles Attn: Customer Assistance Bureau PO Box 55889 Boston, MA 02205-5889

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Massachusetts

How do I change my address on my ID card?
The state of Massachusetts allows you to complete address changing on your ID card either in person, by phone, mail or online.

  • In Person Visit any local RMV office near you to complete the MA RMV Change of Address Form 10094 and submit payment for a replacement fee.
  • By Phone Contact the RMV Telephone Center.
  • By Mail Mail your Change of Address form, along with a $25 replacement license fee.
  • Online Visit the MA RMV Change of Address page.

When making your change of address request by mail, make sure to include information such as the following:

  • Your date of birth
  • Your full name
  • Your ID card number
  • Your old residential address
  • Your new residential address

Gather the aforementioned items and mail them to:

Registry of Motor VehiclesAttn: Customer Assistance BureauPO Box 55889Boston, MA 02205-5889

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Massachusetts

How do I change my name on my car insurance?
In order to complete MA name changing on your vehicle insurance, contact your insurance company to have your new name reflected on your documents. It is recommended that you change your name on your policy after you have updated the information on your RMV records.
How do I change my name on my car registration?
There are many ways in which you can take steps to change names on vehicle registration:

  • Online Visit the MA RMV Duplicate Registration page.
  • By Phone Contact the RMV Telephone Center
  • In Person At your local RMV location
  • By Mail – With a request letter, including your vehicle s description and information

You can send your request by mail, along with any necessary payment, to the following address:

Registry of Motor Vehicles P.O. Box 55891 Attn: Mail In Registration Boston, MA 02205

How do I change my name on my driver’s license?
The state of Massachusetts does not require you to present any documentation when changing your name; however, you will have to report your change of name at a RMV branch.
How do I change my name on my ID card?
To change the name on your ID card, you will need to complete the same MA name change request process as you would for a driver s license:

How do I contact the Social Security Administration for my name change?
Before reporting your name change with the MA RMV, you will need to update the Social Security Administration of your new name. You can make your legal name change in person by visiting a Social Security office near you. After you have completed this process, you must change your name with the RMV.
How do I file a complaint when I believe someone has illegally accessed my DMV record?
If an unauthorized individual has accessed your drivers record, you can file a report with the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles by calling their Telephone Center. It is recommended that you contact the RMV so that your information is not accessed illegally ever again.

For more information: Your Massachusetts Driving Record

How do I file a police report if my car registration was stolen?
Should you find yourself with stolen car registration, it is recommended that you contact local authorities and report the incident. Doing so will protect the security of your identity.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Massachusetts

How do I file a police report if my car title was stolen?
You can easily file a police report by venturing to a nearby station and notifying an officer about the incident. Make sure to get a copy of the police report, so that you can present it at a local RMV branch and alert them of your MA stolen car title.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Massachusetts

How do I get a copy of my driving record?
The state of Massachusetts provides four ways in which you can obtain your driving record: by mail, phone, in person or online.

By Mail

If you wish to request your driving record by mail, you can submit a written letter to the address below:

Registry of Motor Vehicles Attn: Driving Records Court Records Department PO Box 55889 Boston, MA 02205

Phone

Obtain a copy of your driving record by calling the RMV Telephone Center.

In Person

Visit any RMV office to begin requesting your MA driving record in person. Make sure to have payment readily available.

You can also obtain your driving record online.

For more information: Your Massachusetts Driving Record

How do I get a duplicate ID card?
In Massachusetts, you have the option to replace ID card credentials in one of three ways: online, in person or by phone.

Online

Visit the MA RMV Duplicate Mass ID page to find out if you are eligible for renewal. If so, make sure you have payment ready for any applicable fee.

In Person

When replacing your ID card in person, bring with you proof of identification and payment for the replacement fee. You will also be required to complete a Duplicate ID Card Application, which you can obtain online.

By Phone

You can replace your ID by calling the RMV Telephone Center. Keep in mind that their operating hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For more information: How to Apply for a Massachusetts Identification Card

How do I get a hardship license?
In order to get a hardship license, you will first need to attend a hearing at RMV Hearings location. Thereafter, you can expect to be provided with step-by-step instructions about how to obtain a hardship license, should you be granted one.

For more informaiton: Suspended License Information for Massachusetts

How do I get a replacement license if I am in the military and stationed elsewhere?
You have the option to replace license credentials online should you lose your original while outside the state of Massachusetts. To get started, simply visit the MA RMV Duplicate Driver s License website.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Massachusetts Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I get a traffic ticket dismissed?
If you would like to try to get your traffic ticket price dismissed, then you will need to appear in court and plead “not guilty.” You also have the option to hire a traffic ticket attorney to help fight your case and have your ticket dismissed.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Massachusetts

How do I obtain a copy of someone else’s driving record?
If you wish to obtain another individual s DMV driving record, you can do so either by mail, online or in person. However, only certain persons are allow to request the driving record of another. These include the following:

  • Insurance company
  • Court or government agency (federal, state or local)
  • An employer

By Mail

If you wish to request your DMV driving record by mail, you can submit a written letter to the address below:

Registry of Motor Vehicles Attn: Driving Records Court Records Department PO Box 55889 Boston, MA 02205

In Person

If you want to check driving record information in person, simply visit any nearby RMV office. Make sure to have payment readily available.

For more information: Your Massachusetts Driving Record

How do I obtain a duplicate car registration?
In Massachusetts, there are four different ways in which you can obtain a replacement car registration:

  • Online
  • By Phone
  • In Person
  • By Mail

Online

To replace car registration online, you must visit the MA RMV Duplicate Registration page.

By Phone

Contact the MA RMV Telephone Center to request car registration replacement over the phone. Make sure to have a major credit card available, such as a MasterCard, Visa or Discover.

In Person

If you wish to get a Massachusetts car registration copy in person, bring the following with you to a nearby RMV:

  • A completed Universal Form
  • Payment for a replacement fee
  • Proof of identification, such as your Massachusetts drivers license

By Mail

Send a written letter that includes your vehicle s description, along with payment in the form of a check or money order to the address below:

Attn: Mail In Registration Registry of Motor Vehicles PO Box 55891 Boston, MA 02205-5891

Replacement Plates

If you need to order replacement plates, you may do so at an RMV office or by calling 1-800-858-3926.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Massachusetts

How do I obtain a duplicate car title?
If you have a lost car title, then you will need to apply for a car title copy. In Massachusetts, you can get a duplicate copy either online, in person or by mail.

Online

To obtain a duplicate car title copy online, you will need to visit the MA RMV Request a Duplicate Title page. Once there, make sure to have a major credit card ready for payment VISA, MasterCard, Discover or American Express is accepted.

Be aware that before getting started, you will need to have your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) with you. If you are deemed eligible to get a duplicate title online, your new title will be mailed to you within two business days.

In Person

You can apply for a duplicate vehicle title by visiting a nearby RMV branch and presenting proof of identification, a filled out Application for Duplicate Certificate of Title and payment for the duplicate fee.

By Mail

If applying by mail, include a Duplicate Title Application and a $25 payment fee, with your request. Send these items to the below address:

Attn: Duplicate Titles Department Registry of Motor Vehicles PO Box 5588 Boston, MA 02205-5885

Make your check payable to MassDOT and allow seven to ten business days for your Massachusetts duplicate car title to be sent to you. If you would like to know the status of your request, you can contact the Title Division at 857-368-8050.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Massachusetts

How do I obtain a duplicate license?
The state of Massachusetts allows you to obtain a duplicate drivers license either by phone, online or in person. However, if you do not have a credit or debit card with you, you will be required to get a replacement license in person. That is because a credit or debit card is your method of payment for online or phone transactions.

By Phone Contact the RMV Telephone Center

Online Visit the MA RMV Duplicate Driver s License page

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Massachusetts Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I obtain a salvaged car title?
A vehicle will require a salvaged car title if it is deemed a total loss. A total loss constitutes of a vehicle that is damaged, destroyed, ruined by water, fire or another natural disaster to the point of no repair. The owner s insurance company will have to seek a salvage title if any of the aforementioned applies.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Massachusetts

How do I obtain car registration?
If your vehicle was purchased from a dealer:

If your vehicle was purchased from a dealer outside of Massachusetts:

  • Obtain an insurance policy in the state of Massachusetts
  • Present the Application for Registration and Title along with either the Certificate of Origin of your new car or the previous owner s Certificate of Title.
  • Make sure the back portion of the Certificate of Origin is completed.
  • Present the Application for Registration and Title (RMV-1) form at a nearby RMV office.

If your vehicle was purchased from a private party and you need to register used car

  • Obtain an insurance policy in the state of Massachusetts.
  • Present the Application for Registration and Title (RMV-1) form along with either the Certificate of Origin of your new car or the previous owner s Certificate of Title.
  • Mileage must be noted in the transfer of ownership; for example, on the car title.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Massachusetts

How do I reinstate after a revocation as a Habitual Traffic Offender?
If you have a Habitual Traffic Offender with OUI violation, then you will be required to meet with a Hearings Officer in order to reinstate revoked drivers license. To find out information about where you can obtain a suspension hearing, visit the Suspension Hearing Sites and Schedules page on the MA RMV website.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Massachusetts

How do I reinstate my license if I refused to submit a breath/urine/blood test?
The process for reinstating suspended drivers licenses depends on the offense committed. For most violations, you will be required to make an in-person visit at your local RMV office. In some instances, however, you will need to meet with a Hearings Officer instead.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Massachusetts

How do I reinstate my suspended license?
The process for reinstating suspended drivers licenses will depend on the offense committed. For most violations, you will be required to make an in-person visit to your local RMV office. In some instances, however, you will need to meet with a Hearings Officer instead.

If you are uncertain about the reinstatement requirements regarding your particular case, contact the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles directly.

For more informaiton: Suspended License Information for Massachusetts

How do I remove points from my driver’s license?
The Massachusetts RMV point system is what is known as “surchargeable points.” In order to qualify for having surchargeable events removed from your driving record, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must have driving experience for at least three years.
  • You last received a surchargeable event over three years ago.
  • You have less than three surchargeable events on your record in the past five years.
  • If you had any out-of-state infractions, the Merit Board was notified of them.

You may also reduce the number of points on your record by taking a defensive driving course.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Massachusetts

How do I renew my driving permit?
Your Massachusetts permit for driving is only good for two years. The next step would be to apply for your Junior Operator license once you have reached 16-and-a-half years of age.

Fore more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Massachusetts

How do I renew my ID card?
To renew your Massachusetts DMV ID card, you will need to pay a visit to an RMV branch, or you may be eligible to renew online.

To see if you are eligible for online renewal, visit the MA RMV ID Renewal page.

If renewing in person, make sure to present the following documents:

Keep in mind that liquor ID cards cannot be renewed. Instead, you will need to re-apply for a new one.

Military Members

If you are currently on active duty and stationed elsewhere, you will not be required to renew. However, the MA RMV requires your dependents to complete the renewal process on your behalf.

For more information: How to Apply for a Massachusetts Identification Card

How do I renew my license if I am in the military and stationed elsewhere?
If you are on active duty and currently stationed in a different state or outside the country, you will not need to renew your drivers license. However, your dependents will be required to renew driving license paperwork on your behalf, in order to receive a non-photo license.

This request can only be made by mail:

Driver Licensing Registry of Motor Vehicles PO Box 55889 Boston, MA 02205-5889

Keep in mind that you will need to submit the following with your mail-in request:

Upon your return to Massachusetts, you will have sixty days to renew your license.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Massachusetts

How do I renew my medical report for a commercial license?
With your license to drive commercial vehicles, a medical examiner certificate is good for two years. You will receive a notice in the mail when your self-certification is about to expire with proper instructions on how to proceed.

For more information: Massachusetts Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

How do I renew my motorcycle license?
The state of Massachusetts requires its drivers to renew motorcycle license credentials in person. You may visit any RMV branch and bring the following with you for renewal purposes:

For more informaiton: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Massachusetts

How do I replace my license if I am a non-U.S. citizen?
If you are a non-United States citizen, you can present immigration documents for a Massachusetts duplicate drivers license, such as the following:

  • Certificate of Citizenship
  • Certificate of Naturalization
  • Permanent Resident Card

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Massachusetts Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I replace my license if I lost it out of state?
You have the option to apply for a drivers license copy online should you lose your original while outside the state of Massachusetts. To get started, simply visit the MA RMV Duplicate Driver s License page.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Massachusetts Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I transfer my car title between states?
If you are wondering how to transfer car title documentation to a new state, you should contact the DMV in the location you are moving to. Each state’s DMV follows slightly different procedures for the transfer of title. Once there, they will be able to guide you with step-by-step instructions on how to obtain a new car title.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Massachusetts

How do I transfer my car title if I lost the original?
If you have a lost car title, then you will need to apply for a car title copy. In Massachusetts, you can get a duplicate copy either online, in person or by mail.

Online

To obtain a duplicate car title copy online, you will need to visit the MA RMV Request a Duplicate Title page. Once there, make sure to have a major credit card ready for payment VISA, MasterCard, Discover or American Express is accepted.

Be aware that before getting started, you will need to have your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) with you. If you are deemed eligible to get a duplicate title online, your new title will be mailed to you within two business days.

In Person

You can apply for a duplicate vehicle title by visiting a nearby RMV branch and presenting proof of identification, a filled out Application for Duplicate Certificate of Title and payment for the duplicate fee.

By Mail

If applying by mail, include a Application for Duplicate Certificate of Title and a $25 payment fee with your request. Send these items to the below address:

Attn: Duplicate Titles Department Registry of Motor Vehicles PO Box 5588 Boston, MA 02205-5885

Make your check payable to MassDOT and allow seven to ten business days for your Massachusetts duplicate car title to be sent to you. If you would like to know the status of your request, you can contact the Title Division at 857-368-8050.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Massachusetts

How do I transfer my car title?
Before completing a MA car title transfer to the new owner of your vehicle, you will need to make sure you include pertinent information on the document itself. This may include the following:

  • Odometer mileage reading
  • Your signature
  • Selling price
  • Date of sale

It is also recommended that you complete a Bill of Sale during your transaction. Include details such as your vehicle s description, your information, the buyer s information, and the selling price of your vehicle, make and model.

If you are purchasing a vehicle from a private party, check the aforementioned information on the car title. Thereafter, make sure to present your insurance company with an Application for Registration and Title (RMV-1) form.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Massachusetts

How do I transfer the title of my RV?
The state of Massachusetts provides a grace period of seven calendar days for transferring car title certification of your RV. You must fill out the original title with all the necessary details (odometer reading, vehicle information) and have any other supporting documents available.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Massachusetts

How does a military member obtain a motorcycle license?
Members of the military must go through the same steps as civilians to obtain a motorcycle license. The only difference is that military members are not required to take the RMV motorcycle written test.

For more informaiton: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Massachusetts

How does the DMV check my vision?
The MA RMV will provide a vision screening test when getting drivers license credentials whereby your field vision and basic colors will be looked at. If you fail this test, you will be asked to obtain corrective lenses for driving.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Massachusetts

How long do I need my learners permit before I can get my drivers license?
Your driving permit is good for two years. You can apply for your Junior Operator License once you reach 16-and-a-half years of age.

Fore more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Massachusetts

How long does it take to receive my replacement car title after ordering online?
If you are ordering a Massachusetts car title copy online, expect to have your new title mailed out to you within two business days.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Massachusetts

How long will I have a suspended license for not taking a chemical test?
  • If you are 21 or older and this is your first OUI, your drivers license will be suspended for 180 days.
  • If you are 21 or older and this is your second OUI, your drivers license will be suspended for three years.
  • If you are under the age of 21 and this is your first OUI, your drivers license will be suspended for three years.

The more number of prior OUIs you have committed, the longer your suspension period will be.

For more informaiton: Suspended License Information for Massachusetts

How long will it take to get my new ID card?
When applying for your MA ID card in person, you will receive a temporary card that is good for 30 days. A permanent ID card will be sent to you in the mail within that time period.

For more information: How to Apply for a Massachusetts Identification Card

How many points can I get on my driving record before my driver’s license is suspended?
If you have three surchargeable events on your Massachusetts driving record within a two-year period, you will face drivers license suspension. For example, if you have received three speeding tickets within a year, you will face a 30-day suspension.

For more information: Your Massachusetts Driving Record

How many times can I attend a traffic school course to remove points from my driving record?
In Massachusetts, you are not allowed to attend traffic school in order to have a ticket dismissed. For more information, contact the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles and a driver s license agent will be able to answer any queries about your particular case.

For more information: Your Massachusetts Driving Record

How much does it cost to change my name on my car registration?
For an amended car registration with your name changing, the fee is $25. The process can be completed in four ways:

  • Online
  • In person
  • By phone
  • By mail

If you visit your local RMV, accepted payment methods include cash, checks and money orders. Credit cards are necessary to pay online and by phone. Only checks and money orders can be used to pay by mail.

How much does it cost to change my name on my car title?
For an amended car title with your name change request, the fee is $25. If you choose to pay the fee in person, you can use cash, a check or a money order. If you pay by mail, you must use a check or money order.
How much does it cost to change my name with the DMV?
For an amended license with your official name change, the fee is $25. The RMV office accepts payment in the form of cash, checks and money orders.
How soon can I renew my driver’s license?
In Massachusetts, you have the opportunity to renew license a year before it expires. If you wait until after your drivers license expires, you will have to pay a late fine.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Massachusetts

If a family member dies and leaves his or her car to me, how do I switch over the title?
If you are listed as the heir on the deceased owner s will, you can transfer car title specifications to your name by visiting a local RMV branch with the following documents:

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Massachusetts

If I do not renew on time, will there be an additional fee?
Failure to renew car registration before its expiration date may result in extra, unwanted fees. Drivers will receive a registration renewal notice in the mail between six and eight weeks before expiration as a reminder.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Massachusetts

If I file a police report, will my replacement fee be waived?
To find out if you can have your drivers license replacement fee waived, it is best to contact the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles and speak to a driver s license agent. He or she will be able to assist you with your individual case.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Massachusetts Driver’s License or ID Card

If I have been in an accident, what property damage do I have to report?
In Massachusetts, you must report any property damage that exceeds $1,000. To learn about how you can avoid paying high costs in a collision, click here.

Fore more information: Massachusetts Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

If I live outside of the state for half the year, am I still required to have car insurance?
As long as you are a Massachusetts resident, then you will need to get car insurance. Vehicle insurance is mandatory for any driver in the state.

Fore more information: Massachusetts Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

If I lost my traffic or parking ticket, how can I find the information again?
If you need to retrieve information about your ticket, contact the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles and a driver s license representative will be able to assist you with your matter. If you know the municipality in which you received your traffic fines and ticket, you can also contact the court within that county.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Massachusetts

If I’m out of state and lost my ID, how can I get a new one?
If you lost your ID card while outside of Massachusetts, you can check your eligibility to see whether or not you qualify to replace an ID card online. Residents can also call the Telephone Center at 857-368-8000 to see if you can replace your credentials by phone.

For more information: How to Apply for a Massachusetts Identification Card

If my driver’s license was confiscated at the time of my DUI/DWI arrest, how do I get it back?
You will first need to complete your MA DUI suspension period before you can apply to have your driver s license reinstated. In some instances, certain drivers are eligible to obtain a hardship license.

After you have fulfilled all the requirements of your suspension including paying fees and attending an alcohol awareness course you can then proceed to reinstate your license. However, the process will vary depending on the type of conviction you have.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Massachusetts

Is there a different process I must follow if I lost personalized plates?
You can order replacement plates either at an RMV office or by calling 1-800-858-3926. There is a $10 fee attached to this transaction. Be aware that you cannot get green plates with the same number.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Massachusetts

Is there a minimum age I have to be to get a commercial drivers license?
You must be at least 18 years of age to apply for a CDL intrastate license, which allows you to only operate a commercial vehicle within Massachusetts. However, if you would like to obtain a CDL interstate license whereby you are allowed to drive a commercial vehicle from one state to another then you must be at least 21.

For more information: Massachusetts Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

Is there an age limit to renew your license?
There is no age cap to renew license information as long as you are deemed a safe and fit driver. However, drivers who are over the age of 75 will not be eligible to renew online, and instead must complete the drivers license renewal process in person. Drivers over 75 must also pass a vision exam.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Massachusetts

Should I carry the registration on me or in the car?
All motor vehicles, including motorcycles and commercial cars must be registered. Thus, you should keep your registration inside your vehicle s glove compartment at all times.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Massachusetts

What address will my replacement license be mailed to?
Your drivers license copy will be mailed to the address listed on your MA RMV records. Therefore, if your mailing address has recently changed, it is important that you notify the RMV at your earliest convenience.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Massachusetts Driver’s License or ID Card

What are requirements for seniors to renew a driving license?
The process for a senior citizen to renew his or her drivers license is the same as any other driver. Your driver s license will be good for five years before it is due for renewal. Upon visiting your local RMV office, you will need to present the following:

You will also need to pass a vision test, or you can provide a complete Class D and M Vision Screening Certificate instead.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Massachusetts

What are some reasons that may require me to transfer my car title?
The most common reasons for transferring car title documentation include:

  • Selling your vehicle to a private party.
  • Selling your vehicle to a dealership.
  • Gifting your vehicle to a friend or family member.
  • Donating your vehicle to a charity.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Massachusetts

What are some violations that may constitute in a suspended license?
The state of Massachusetts reserves the right to suspend a drivers license if any of the following offenses have been committed:

  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Accumulation of offenses
  • Multiple speeding tickets
  • Failure to pay traffic tickets
  • Failure to pay child support
  • Failure to register as a sex offender
  • Property damage claims
  • Lack of car insurance

Your MA drivers license suspension can be due to other reasons as well.

For more informaiton: Suspended License Information for Massachusetts

What are the age restrictions to ride a motorcycle?
You must be at least 16 years of age to obtain a motorcycle permit. Drivers under this age will not be allowed to apply.

For more informaiton: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Massachusetts

What are the available commercial license endorsements?
There are three types of CDL Classes:

  • Class A
  • Class B
  • Class C

However, there are numerous types of CDL endorsements:

  • H Hazardous Materials
  • N Tank Vehicles
  • P Passenger Transport
  • X HazMat and Tank Vehicles
  • L Air Brakes
  • S School Bus

For more information: Massachusetts Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

What are the consequences of driving with a suspended license?
Depending on your particular case, driving with a suspended license can accumulate additional fines, possible jail time and other unpleasant consequences. Therefore, it is best to abide by the rules and requirements of your suspension period to avoid any unwanted situation.

For more informaiton: Suspended License Information for Massachusetts

What are the different types of driving records?
In Massachusetts, there are two types of DMV driving records:

  • Unattested Driving Record Contains driving history information but does not include a validation stamp.
  • True and Attested Driving Record Only for official use. Provided on a MA RMV letterhead with a validation stamp.

For more information: Your Massachusetts Driving Record

What are the fees associated with an ID card?
The fee for a new MA ID card is $25. Accepted payment methods include cash, personal checks and money orders.

For more information: How to Apply for a Massachusetts Identification Card

What are the fees for a duplicate drivers license?
The fee for a drivers license replacement is $25. The MA RMV will accept cash, personal checks and money orders when you go to make payment.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Massachusetts Driver’s License or ID Card

What are the learners permit restrictions during my first year?
Some of the restrictions pertaining to your MA learning permit include the following:

  • Your passenger seat must be occupied by a licensed driver who is at least 21 years old and has been legally driving for at least one year.
  • Drivers under the age of 18 are not allowed to drive between midnight and 5 a.m. without a parent or guardian.
  • You must have your learner s permit with you at all times.
  • You must only drive a passenger vehicle.
  • You are allowed to use your Class D learner s permit in a different state if that state’s laws allow.

Fore more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Massachusetts

What are the medical certifications required to obtain a CDL?
If you operate a vehicle that weighs more than 10,000 lbs., then you will be required to hold a United States Department of Transportation (D.O.T.)-approved medical certificate. This also applies to those drivers who operate a vehicle that transports 15 or more passengers, or a vehicle that contains hazardous materials.

You must also present a complete self-certification form for the RMV about whether your MA commercial drivers license is for interstate or intrastate purposes.

For more information: Massachusetts Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

What are the most common reasons why I would need to replace my registration?
Typically, you would need to apply for MA car registration replacement in the following instances:

  • Damaged registration/plates
  • Lost registration/plates
  • Stolen registration/plates

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Massachusetts

What are the penalties for getting a traffic ticket with a driver’s permit?
If you receive a MA traffic ticket fine while holding a learner s permit, you could face various fees and fines. Additionally, in some instances, depending on the violation you committed, your Massachusetts drivers license can also be suspended.

For example, a Junior Operator License can be suspended in the event you commit any of the following violations:

  • Driving during curfew hours
  • Drag racing
  • Cellphone use while driving
  • Driving without a licensed driver
  • Speeding

If you would like more information pertaining to your individual case, it is best to contact the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles and follow the instructions listed on your ticket.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Massachusetts

What are the penalties of being convicted of driving under the influence?
Penalties for driving under the influence may consist of everything from court fees, reinstatement fees, jail time, fulfilling your suspension period, completing an alcohol awareness class, etc. The amount you must pay and the presence of additional punishments vary based on the severity of the offense.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Massachusetts

What are the reinstatement fees I will have to pay for a suspended license?
The fees to reinstate suspended drivers license vary, depending on your suspension type. They can be anywhere between $50 and $1,200.

For more informaiton: Suspended License Information for Massachusetts

What are the required fees for my vehicle registration?
When getting car registration, your fees will depend on various factors, including your plate and vehicle type. For more specific information, take a look at the MA RMV Schedule of Fees pamphlet.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Massachusetts

What are the required fees to get a replacement car title?
In Massachusetts, a duplicate car title fee is $25. The RMV office accepts payment in the form of cash, checks or money orders.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Massachusetts

What are the required fees to get replacement registration?
Massachusetts charges a $25 fee for duplicate vehicle registration. If you pay in person, you will be asked to pay with cash, a check or a money order.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Massachusetts

What are the required fees to renew my registration?
When getting car registration, your fees will depend on various factors, including your plate type. However, for more specific information, take a look at the MA RMV Schedule of Fees pamphlet.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Massachusetts

What are the requirements to operate a three-wheel motorcycle?
If you wish to obtain a MA motorcycle license for a three-wheeler, you must meet these requirements:

  • Must be at least 16 years old
  • Must take a Class M road test
  • Must have a motorcycle that is registered, titled, insured and inspected
  • Will be issued a motorcycle license with a “J” restriction

The three-wheeler can only be used roadways that do not exceed 40 mph.

For more informaiton: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Massachusetts

What are the suspensions eligible for a hardship license?
Only drivers with the following drivers license suspensions may be granted a hardship license:

  • Habitual Traffic Offender
  • Drug Conviction (94C)
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • First Offense Alcohol or Drug Program (24D)

For more informaiton: Suspended License Information for Massachusetts

What do I need to do to get my driver’s license if I fail the driving test?
If you fail your DMV drivers test, you will need to reschedule it again at a later date. You will need to present proof of ID when you go to retake the test.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Massachusetts

What documents do I need to get a learner’s permit?
For you to obtain your MA learning permit, the following documents will be asked of you:

Fore more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Massachusetts

What documents do I need to get a motorcycle license?
If you are 16 or older and applying for a Massachusetts motorcycle driving license, the following documents will be asked of you:

If you are 18 or older, the following applies:

For more informaiton: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Massachusetts

What documents do I need to get my drivers license?
To obtain your license to drive, you will need to present these documents:

  • Proof of date of birth
  • Proof of signature
  • Proof of your residence in Massachusetts
  • Proof of your Social Security Number

Out-of-State Residents

If you are new to Massachusetts, you will need to present the following:

  • Out-of-state license
  • Proof of date of birth
  • Proof of signature
  • Proof of your new residence
  • Proof of Social Security Number

You will also need to hand in a completed Class D, M, or D/M License and ID Card Application.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Massachusetts

What documents do I need to present for a replacement car title?
When getting a car title replacement in Massachusetts, you will need to present the following:

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Massachusetts

What documents do I need to present for proof of residency?
If you wish to receive a MA drivers license replacement, you will have to fill out a MA RMV Change of Address Form 10094 form. The process for changing your address on different driving documents will vary.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Massachusetts

What documents do I need to present if I am a non-U.S. citizen changing address?
Contact the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles to find out which documents may be asked of you when “changing my address” in person. Drivers will be asked to present their current drivers license and an MA RMV Change of Address Form 10094.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Massachusetts

What documents do I need to present to get a replacement car registration?
If you are replacing car registration in person, you will need to present the following:

  • A completed Universal Form
  • Payment for the $25 replacement fee
  • Proof of identification, such as your Massachusetts drivers license

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Massachusetts

What documents do I need to present to get new registration?
In order to obtain new DMV car registration, some of the documents you will need to present include the following:

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Massachusetts

What documents do I need to present to renew my car registration?
If renewing your MA DMV car registration in person or by mail, you will need to hand a completed RMV-3 Car Registration Renewal Form, along with any applicable fees. Keep in mind that the Renewal Form must be signed if it has “Ins. Stamp Required” listed on it.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Massachusetts

What documents do I need to present to renew my drivers license?
In order to renew your drivers license credentials in person, you will need to submit the following:

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Massachusetts

What documents do I need to transfer my car title?
If you are in the process of selling a vehicle to a new owner, then you will need to present them with your car title. If you do not have a car title available, it is advisable that you apply for a duplicate copy prior to completing the transaction. Additionally, a Bill of Sale should also be filled out with details about your vehicle.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Massachusetts

What documents will I need to present to replace my drivers license?
Upon MA drivers license renewal in person, you will need to have the following at hand:

  • Social Security verification
  • Filled out Class D, M, or D/M License and ID Card Application
  • Your drivers license
  • Payment for any applicable fee
  • Proof of date of birth
  • Proof of signature
  • Proof of residence

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Massachusetts Driver’s License or ID Card

What exams do I need to pass to get a motorcycle license?
Depending on your age at the time you apply for a motorcycle driving license, you may need to pass one or all of the below:

  • A written knowledge test
  • A road skills test
  • A Massachusetts Rider Education Program (MREP)

For more informaiton: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Massachusetts

What forms must I fill out for a duplicate car title?
For replacing car title documentation, you will need to complete an Application for Duplicate Certificate of Title. You can obtain this form at an RMV branch, an insurance company or by visiting the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles website.

You can also call the MA RMV Telephone Center to request an application.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Massachusetts

What happens if I get traffic ticket fines and I have a CDL?
If you are a commercial driver who has been issued traffic fines, by law you will be required to immediately notify your employer of this incident. Depending on the offense you committed, you may also have your drivers license suspended. CDL drivers can lose their driving privileges if you have been convicted for any of the following:

  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Refusal to take a chemical test
  • Hit and run
  • Committing a felony with your commercial vehicle

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Massachusetts

What happens to my commercial driver license if I am convicted of a DUI?
Your Massachusetts commercial drivers license will automatically be suspended if you are convicted of a DUI. If you drive a commercial vehicle that holds hazardous materials, your license will be suspended for at least three years.

After fulfilling your suspension period, you will then need to meet with a Hearings Officer in order to find out what steps you must take for reinstatement. For more information pertaining to your individual case, contact the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles.

For more information: Massachusetts Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

What if the original is located after my car title replacement has been issued?
The original will be considered invalid if it is located after you have requested a duplicate copy. Thus, you must dispose of it.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Massachusetts

What information does a driving record contain?
Your Massachusetts driving record will include details such as:

  • Accidents you have been involved in
  • Traffic offenses and violations
  • Other driving history details

For more information: Your Massachusetts Driving Record

What is an ID card?
A DMV ID card is a form of identification that can be issued to those individuals who do not hold a Massachusetts driver s license. It serves as official forms of signature, age and identity plus it is accepted throughout the state and nationwide. MA offers both a standard ID card, as well as a liquor ID.

For more information: How to Apply for a Massachusetts Identification Card

What is considered the legal alcohol limit?
What is the cost of a DUI?
The fees and fines you will have to pay depend on the offense you have committed. The penalties of a DUI/DWI differ, depending on whether this is your first offense, second offense, third offense, etc. Reinstatement fees vary and can easily range from $50 to $1,200.

Additionally, you must also consider the costs related to hiring a DUI attorney (if you deem it necessary), court fees and the installation of an Ignition Interlock Device, if applicable.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Massachusetts

What is the cost of a traffic ticket?
The cost of traffic ticket will depend on the traffic violation you committed. For more information, it is best to carefully look at your traffic ticket or consult a traffic ticket attorney for further guidance.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Massachusetts

What is the cost to get a driver record?
  • Unattested Driving Record – $6 fee
  • True & Attested Driving Record – $20 fee

The RMV office accepts cash, checks and money orders.

For more information: Your Massachusetts Driving Record

What is the DUI penalty for a CDL driver?
Your Massachusetts commercial drivers license will automatically be suspended if you are convicted of a DUI. If you drive a commercial vehicle that holds hazardous materials, your license will be suspended for at least three years.

After fulfilling your suspension period, you will then need to meet with a Hearings Officer in order to find out what steps you must take for reinstatement.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Massachusetts

What is the DUI penalty for a minor?
If you are under 21 and receive a DUI citation for the first time, then your license will be suspended for three years. You will be required to complete an alcohol awareness training program as well.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Massachusetts

What is the minimum liability insurance coverage?
  • Personal Injury Protection: Minimum of $8,000 per person/ $8,000 per accident
  • Bodily Injury to Others: Minimum of $20,000 per person/ $40,000 per accident
  • Bodily Injury Caused by an Uninsured Auto: Minimum of $20,000 per person/ $40,000 per accident
  • Damage to Someone Else s Property: $5,000 per accident

Fore more information: Massachusetts Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

What is the passing score for a written test?
The MA written drivers test consists of 25 questions pertaining to the rules of the road and safe driving. In order to successfully pass, you must answer 18 of these questions correctly. Driving practice tests are available online to improve your changing of passing on the first try.

Fore more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Massachusetts

What is the process to get a title for a scooter or motorcycle?
Both motorized scooters and motorcycles require a title in the state of Massachusetts, therefore you will need to get a car title the same way you would a passenger car. The requirements may differ depending on whether you are purchasing your scooter or motorcycle from a dealer or a private party.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Massachusetts

What languages is the written test available in?
Aside from the English written test, the RMV knowledge exam is also available in an oral format. English is the only language available for the oral test.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Massachusetts

What must I do to reinstate my driver’s license as a result of a DUI/DWI?
If your license has been suspended due to driving while intoxicated, there are a few requirements you will have to meet in order to get it reinstated. To begin with, you will need to fulfill your suspension period and pay any necessary fines and fees.

Additionally, you must complete an alcohol awareness program and, in some cases, spend time in jail. After you have met all of these requirements, you will then need to schedule an appointment with a Hearings Officer to have your license reinstated.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Massachusetts

What penalties will I face if I do not change my address with the DMV?
Any driver who moves within Massachusetts or has recently made this state her or his new home is required to make an official address change with the DMV. Failure to do so may result in select fees and/or fines.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Massachusetts

What penalties will I face if I do not renew my expired drivers license?
You can renew your driver s license up to four years after it has expired. Thereafter, you will need to re-apply for a new license and adhere to all the required steps of the process.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Massachusetts

What proof of insurance can I provide when registering my car?
You can use your car registration as proof of insurance. Car insurance cards and insurance binders are also acceptable proof.

Fore more information: Massachusetts Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

What should I do if I have not received my registration tags or stickers?
New tags generally take some time to be mailed to drivers. However, if weeks pass and you have not received your registration tags, you should contact the RMV Telephone Center. You can also visit one of your nearby RMV branches to inquire after further information.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Massachusetts

What should I do if I have not received my renewed license?
Renewed drivers licenses generally take some time to arrive after they are ordered. If you have not received your renewed drivers license, you should contact the RMV Telephone Center and speak to an agent for further assistance about MA drivers license renewal.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Massachusetts

What test do I need to take for my learners permit?
To obtain your learners permit, you will be required to take a written test. However, in order to obtain a Junior Operator License, you will need to pass a road skills test. To hone your driving skills, it is recommended that you take various Driving Practice Tests online.

Fore more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Massachusetts

What tests do I have to take to obtain a CDL?
The tests you will need to take for a license to drive commercial vehicles are a general knowledge written exam and a road skills test. If you are upgrading from a noncommercial Class D license to a Class C license, you may not be required to take a road skills test if it is not part of the specific endorsement you are requesting. In addition, endorsements require additional testing.

For more information: Massachusetts Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

What tests will I need to take for my drivers license?
You will need to pass a road test in order to get your driving license. You can schedule an appointment by using our DMV locator.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Massachusetts

What type of car insurance am I required to have?
The state of Massachusetts requires its drivers to have the following types of car insurance:

  • Personal Injury Protection
  • Bodily Injury to Others
  • Bodily Injury Caused By an Uninsured Auto
  • Damage to Someone Else s Property

Fore more information: Massachusetts Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

What type of noncommercial license will I need?
The state of Massachusetts offers various different types of noncommercial driving licenses, such as:

  • Class A Issued to drivers who operate multiple vehicles with a total weight of 26, 0001 lbs. or more
  • Class B Issued to drivers who operate a single vehicle weighing 26,001 lbs. or more
  • Class C Issued to drivers who operate a vehicle that transports 16 passengers or more, or that holds hazardous materials
  • Class D Issued to drivers who operate a vehicle weighing 26,000 lbs. or less. However, this does not include buses, semi-trailers, tractors or truck-trailers
  • Class M Issued to drivers who operate a motorcycle

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Massachusetts

What will happen if I fail to get or keep car insurance?
If you reside in the state of Massachusetts and do not apply for car insurance, then you will run the risk of a drivers license suspension. Explore your options by browsing through different insurance companies and policies, and thereafter selecting the one that works best for you.

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When can I reinstate my license after it has been suspended?
The reinstatement requirements you must abide by depend on the drivers license suspension you have. Generally speaking, you will first need to complete your suspension period and pay any reinstatement fees. If your license suspension is related to driving under the influence, vehicular homicide, manslaughter or a Habitual Traffic Offender with OUI, then you will need to meet with a Hearings Officer for reinstatement.

For more informaiton: Suspended License Information for Massachusetts

When does my car registration expire?
Massachusetts offers one-year and two-year registration periods. The date in which it expires depends on the type of car registration you have.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Massachusetts

When does my ID card expire?
Your Massachusetts ID card is valid for five years. Once the active period is about to conclude, you must renew your credentials at a local RMV office or online.

For more information: How to Apply for a Massachusetts Identification Card

When must I change my address with the DMV?
The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles makes it mandatory that a resident notify the RMV of an address change request within 30 days after moving. If you do not meet this deadline, you will be charged a late fee.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Massachusetts

When should I complete a Bill of Sale?
It is recommended that you always complete a Bill of Sale when transferring vehicle ownership whether you are buying a car or selling a car. This essential document should be used in conjunction with transferring (or acquiring) a car title.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Massachusetts

When will I need to renew my license?
You will need to renew your driver s license every five years before it expires on your birthday. Not renewing your license on time will result in fines when you visit the RMV office.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Massachusetts

When will I receive a replacement license after applying?
If you are applying for a temporary drivers license in person, you should receive a temporary one as you conclude your driver s license appointment. If you intend to replace driving licenses by mail, a new one should be sent to you within 10 business days. For online transactions, you will be able to print a receipt that will serve as a temporary license until you receive your standard replacement.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Massachusetts Driver’s License or ID Card

Where can I check to see if my license is suspended?
You can check the status of your drivers license online by visiting the MA RMV License/Permit and ID Inquiry page. Drivers can also use their driving record to see the status of their drivers license.

For more informaiton: Suspended License Information for Massachusetts

Where can I find a local tax county collector office?
You can easily find a car registration office near you by visiting any MA RMV full-service branch. Full-service RMV branches will help you complete a number of actions, such as obtaining, renewing or replacing your car registration.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Massachusetts

Where can I find more information about an ignition interlock device?
To learn more about ignition interlock devices in Massachusetts and what kind of offenses require the installation of one in your vehicle, visit the MA RMV Melanie’s Law and Ignition Interlock Devices page.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Massachusetts

Where can I find my traffic or parking ticket information online?
If you would like to obtain information about your traffic fines and ticket online, then go to the MA RMV Civil Motor Vehicle Citation page. This page will provide you with the details of your citation.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Massachusetts

Where can I get a new drivers license?
When applying for drivers license credentials, you can do so at any Massachusetts RMV office. For a list of locations nearby, use our RMV locator.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Massachusetts

Where can I mail my request for a replacement title?
When ordering a Massachusetts car title replacement by mail, send your request to the address below:

Attn: Duplicate Titles Department Registry of Motor Vehicles PO Box 55885 Boston, MA 02205-5885

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Massachusetts

Where can I obtain an ID card?
You can apply for ID card documentation at any RMV location in Massachusetts. Bring cash, a check or a money order to cover the $25 fee.

For more information: How to Apply for a Massachusetts Identification Card

Which types of vehicles need to be insured?
Most vehicles in Massachusetts must be insured; these include but are not limited to:

  • Private passenger vehicles
  • Commercial vehicles
  • Trucks
  • Vans
  • Motorcycles

Fore more information: Massachusetts Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

Who can sign for my permit or license if I am under 18?
A parent or legal guardian is authorized to sign your drivers permit application if you are under 18. If their signature is not present on the Class D, M, or D/M License and ID Card Application, it will not be accepted.

Fore more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Massachusetts

Why doesn’t a recent traffic ticket I received appear on my driving record?
Your Massachusetts drivers record may not contain the most up-to-date information in terms of a recent traffic ticket. However, if you would like information pertaining to your traffic ticket, visit the MA RMV Civil Motor Vehicle Citation page for further details.

For more information: Your Massachusetts Driving Record

Will I be required to take a vision test for a drivers license renewal?
If you are 75 or older, you will be required to undergo a vision test as part of the MA drivers license renewal process at your RMV branch. If you are under the specified age, you are not required to pass such an exam.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Massachusetts

Will I get a drivers license renewal notice in the mail?
Yes, you will receive a renewal postcard in the mail as a friendly reminder. However, you should make a mental or written note about when to renew expired drivers license credentials in the event that you forget.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Massachusetts

Will I have points against my driver’s license if I get a ticket?
If you choose to pay traffic fine tickets, you will be admitting guilt and therefore run the risk of having points against your driver s license. You have up to 20 days to decide what to do. If you are uncertain, you can contact a traffic ticket attorney to help you with your individual case.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Massachusetts

Will I have to take an alcohol awareness class to reinstate my driver’s license?
Yes, the state of Massachusetts requires all drivers with a DUI conviction to complete an alcohol education course. If you do not complete the required course, you will not be able to reinstate your suspended drivers license.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Massachusetts

Will I need to fill out an application to replace my car registration?
For car registration replacement in person, you will need to submit a Universal Form. This form is available at the RMV office.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Massachusetts

Will I need to present proof of insurance to get a car title replacement?
You are not required to present proof of insurance when requesting a duplicate car title. However, you will have to fill out an Application for Duplicate Certificate of Title.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Massachusetts

Will I receive a renewal registration notice in the mail?
When renewing car registration, you should receive a renewal notice in the mail six to eight weeks prior to your vehicle s expiration date. If you do not receive the notice, you are still required to renew.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Massachusetts

Will my registration expire on my birthday or birth month?
Your car registration will expire on the date listed on your card. Drivers will receive a registration renewal reminder in the mail between six and eight weeks before the expiration date.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Massachusetts