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How to Renew a Driver's License in Massachusetts

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Massachusetts Drivers License Renewal

In Massachusetts, your drivers license is valid for five years and the expiration date will be on your birthday of the fifth year. At that point, you are required to renew drivers license credentials within one year prior to the expiration date. The good news is that as long as your driving license is not suspended, revoked, lost or expired, you will be able to renew license documentation in one of two ways:

  • Online
  • In person

Before you begin the process, you will need to see if you meet the eligibility requirements to renew driving license documents.

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Eligibility Requirements for MA Drivers License Renewal

The first thing to consider before going to renew expired drivers license credentials is verify you meet the qualifications. Renewing drivers license documents in Massachusetts can only be done if:

  • You do not have any outstanding tickets.
    • You must obtain releases from the court house of the county in which you received the citation.
  • You do not have an E-Z Pass violation.
    • You will have to contact the E-Z Pass customer service center to pay the MA Turnpike Authority all outstanding debts with a MasterCard, Visa or Discover card.
  • You do not have outstanding child support payments.
  • You do not have a canceled, revoked or suspended drivers license.
  • Your drivers license has not been expired for four years or more.
    • If so, you will have to go through the process of applying for a new driving license.

MA drivers license renewal with the RMV will only be possible once all of the aforementioned issues are resolved.

When to Renew a Drivers License

The Massachusetts RMV will send you a renewal postcard, notifying you when the date to renew drivers license credentials is approaching. However, if you do not want to wait until you receive this notice, the MA RMV gives you the opportunity to go through the Massachusetts drivers license renewal process up to one year before you have an expired drivers license. That way, you do not have to worry about paying late fees. If you have not received your renewal notice, you can contact the MA RMV for further information.

Renewal Fees

One thing you should always keep in mind before you go to your local RMV office is the fee associated with the transaction that you are about to engage in. When it comes to renewing drivers license credentials in Massachusetts, the fees are as follows:

  • Class D drivers license: $50
  • MA motorcycle endorsement: $15 extra

In terms of payment methods, those allowed will depend on how you choose to go through renewal. If you go to a local RMV office, you will be asked to pay with cash, a check or a money order. If you pay online, you will be able to do so with a credit card, a debit card or an electronic check.

Online

The process to renew drivers licenses online will only takes between five and 10 minutes. The steps that you must follow include:

  1. Logging on to the MA RMV License Renewal page.
  2. Choosing your type of drivers license online.
  3. Providing the following information to see if you are eligible for online renewal:
  4. License plate number
  5. Full name
  6. Social Security Number
  7. Birthdate
  8. Paying the Massachusetts drivers license renewal fee.
  9. The MA RMV online system accepts MasterCard, American Express, Discover and VISA.

DMV.com Note: You cannot renew online if you are 75 years of age or older. You will have to renew your drivers license in person.

In Person

While it may take some more time, the process for how to renew drivers licenses in person is still very simple. All that you are required to do is go to a local full-service RMV branch or license express office and:

  1. Fill out a Class D, M, or D/M License and ID Card Application.
  2. Show your current Massachusetts drivers license.
  3. Provide your Social Security Number or a denial notice from the Social Security Administration.
  4. Pay the renewal fee.
  5. The MA RMV office will accept cash, checks and money orders

Make sure that you take the time to schedule an appointment to save some time.

Drivers License Renewal for Out-of-State/Military Residents

Out-of-state drivers who cannot come in to a local RMV office for Massachusetts drivers license renewal have the opportunity to renew online. All they have to do is follow these steps:

  1. Log on to the MA RMV License Renewal page.
  2. Choose your type of drivers license online.
  3. Provide the following information to see if you are eligible for online renewal:
  4. License plate number
  5. Full name
  6. Social Security Number
  7. Birthdate
  8. Pay the Massachusetts drivers license renewal fee.
  9. The MA RMV online system accepts MasterCard, American Express, Discover and VISA.

Even if you are on active duty, you need to get your drivers license renewed. In order to do so, you must complete a Class D, M, or D/M License and ID Card Application and send it, along with a copy of your military ID and a check or money order to the following address:

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

After you do so, you will receive a non-photo driving license that will remain valid until you return home to MA and are able to renew your drivers license.
If you allow your drivers license to expire, military members have a renewal exemption in which they have 60 days after honorable discharge to renew expired drivers license credentials. Military dependents do not receive this same courtesy. They are required to renew drivers license credentials on time.

Fees

Fees for driver's license renewal can vary, depending on the type of driver's license you need to renew. Therefore, it is best to contact the MA RMV for information and answers to any related queries you may have.

License Renewal for Seniors

If you are a senior driver over the age of 75, you will need to make an in-person visit to a RMV office for your driver's license renewal. Additionally, you will need to pass a vision screening test at your appointment.

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Submitted by dlaramee on 1st Mar 2016

Hello, I moved from Florida

Hello,

I moved from Florida to MA in July of 2012. My drivers license is sent to expire this July (4 years). I notice however that the license renewal is every 5 years. Why was my license issued for a term of 4 years and not 5?

Submitted by marina123 on 17th Jun 2015

I am a Massachusetts resident

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?

Submitted by sheela on 14th Feb 2015

Hi, I have my VA driver's

Hi,

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!

Best,

Sheela

Submitted by dennisep on 26th Mar 2013

I still have not received my

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.

Submitted by Dexter Sixx on 17th Jul 2013

Its a government agency

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

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

Submitted by tstanley1 on 11th Mar 2013

if you go to renew your

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

Submitted by cgwhites on 15th Oct 2011

They let you renew online but

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.

Submitted by Dexter Sixx on 17th Jul 2013

They dont 'allow' you to

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.

Submitted by Dexter Sixx on 17th Jul 2013

All you need is the

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.

Submitted by Kate12345 on 15th Dec 2014

Yeah, I got an email that

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?

Submitted by Noah Griffith on 5th Jan 2009

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Submitted by KJZ on 6th Feb 2012

My son turns 21 on Friday

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

Submitted by norma cruz on 21st Dec 2011

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Submitted by norma cruz on 21st Dec 2011

re new license

re new license