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How to Renew a Driver's License in Massachusetts

Drivers License Online Services Guide

Drivers License Online Services Guide

Massachusetts Drivers License Renewal

Drivers can learn how to renew drivers license in Massachusetts by adhering to a few, straightforward steps. The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles oversees the drivers license renewal process, and citizens of the state can renew online or in person. If your drivers license is nearing its expiration date, keep reading to learn more about the steps you will need to take to renew it.

How to Renew Your MA Driver's License



Renew Massachusetts Drivers License

Note: To find out your driver's license expiration date, locate it on the front of your card.


Your Massachusetts drivers license will be valid for a period of five years and expire on your birthday. The expiration date of your license is printed on its front side near your personal information, and the RMV in MA will send you a renewal notice a few weeks before this date. The drivers license renewal process is different for all drivers, and the steps you need to take will vary from others if your license is:

  • Suspended
  • Expired
  • Revoked
  • Stolen, damaged, or lost.

It is the responsibility of the driver to ensure that his or her license is renewed in a timely manner. Once you renew your license, the RMV will issue you a temporary paper license that will be valid for a period of 30 days. Most drivers will receive their actual license one to two weeks later. However, drivers should note that a temporary Massachusetts drivers license may not be valid in other states.

Fees

Any driver renewing drivers licenses in MA will need to pay a fee before he or she can receive a new credential. If you are a noncommercial driver, your drivers license renewal fee will be $50 (additional $15 for motorcyclists). The RMV office accepts cash and most major credit/debit cards, as well as checks and money orders. Drivers who utilize the online drivers license renewal process will only be allowed to pay with a credit or debit card. Drivers mailing in a renewal application must pay with a check or money order (made payable to the "Massachusetts Department of Transportation" or "MassDOT").

When to Renew Your Massachusetts Driver's License

Drivers can renew drivers license in Massachusetts up to a year before it expires. If your license is currently expired, you may renew it up to four years after its expiration date without incurring a penalty. >b>All drivers licenses are valid for a period of five years,

regardless of age, and if you are younger than 21 at the time of your drivers license renewal, your license will display a special designation. You must settle the following debts before you can renew your license in Massachusetts:

  • Traffic tickets.
  • Court costs and fines.
  • Child support, alimony, and other court-ordered payments.

At the present moment, citizens of Massachusetts cannot renew their drivers license by mail.

Expired License

If your Massachusetts drivers license has been expired for less than four years, you can undergo the normal drivers license renewal process. However, if you are currently in possession of an expired drivers license that is more than four years past its expiration date, you will need to apply for a new license again. If the aforementioned information applies to you, you will need to complete the following steps before you can receive your license again:

As mentioned in the section above, your drivers licenses' expiration date is printed on its front side near your personal information and photograph.

Temporary Permits

You can only request a temporary Massachusetts drivers license if your license is damaged, lost, or stolen. If your current license is nearing or past its expiration date, you will need to renew drivers licenses online or in person. Drivers who are in need of a replacement license can visit their local Massachusetts MVA office and provide details regarding their lost or stolen license. Once this is done, you will pay a MA drivers license renewal fee, and the office will issue you a temporary license to use until a real one is sent in the mail.

Requirements To Renew A Massachusetts License

It is illegal to drive with an expired drivers license in Massachusetts, and if yours is nearing its expiration date, you will need to renew drivers license online or in person. Before you visit a local RMV office, be sure to bring the following:

  • Completed application (available online).
  • Current drivers license.
  • Government document displaying your Social Security number.
  • Drivers license renewal fee.

If you are older than 75 or you owe money to the state, you must renew your license in person. You will not be subjected to any tests unless your drivers license has been expired for four or more years.

Renewing An MA Suspended License

Renewing drivers licenses in Massachusetts is not possible with a suspended or revoked drivers license. Most suspensions last for 30 to 60 days, but more severe violations can result in lengthier suspensions and even revocation. Once your suspension ends, you will be eligible to renew drivers licenses after paying a reinstatement fee, along with fulfilling any other necessary requirements. If your drivers license was suspended for a period of multiple years or was revoked, you will need to take the written examination and driving skills test again. Reinstatement fees range from $100 to $1,200 (depending on the circumstances of your suspension or revocation), and you can pay your fee:

  • Over the phone.
  • In person.
  • By mail.

The state accepts the following types of payments:

  • Cash
  • Most major credit/debit cards
  • Checks and money orders (made payable to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation)

If you are unsure of your license's status, you can request an official copy of your driving record by contacting the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles before renewing drivers license.

MA Drivers License Online Renewal

You may renew drivers licenses online in Massachusetts if you are younger than 75, and you do have any outstanding fines, violations or fees. To renew drivers license, you must visit the RMV Online Services site and provide the system with the following information:

  • Full name, date of birth, and email address .
  • Drivers license number.
  • Social Security Number.
  • Drivers license class (D, M, or D/M).

Once you provide the information above, you must pay the standard renewal fee using a credit or debit card. After completing your online drivers license renewal, you will receive a new license in the mail. Drivers who are not eligible to renew their license online may still start an online application and complete other requirements in person at a local MA RMV office.

Renewing Your MA Drivers License In-Person

Drivers can renew drivers license in Massachusetts by visiting an RMV office. To do this, you will need to bring the following items:

  • Completed drivers license renewal application.
  • Social Security Number or official document explaining your lack of one.
  • Current drivers license.
  • Renewal fee.

Drivers older than the age of 75 will be subject to vision screening. If you take a completed Class D and M Vision Screening Certificate to the RMV, you will not need to take a vision test.

Non US Citizen

The process of drivers license renewal in MA is virtually the same for non-citizens. If you are a non-citizen (a person who was not born in the United States or fully naturalized), you will need to provide proof that you are in the country legally before renewing drivers license in MA. You can do this by providing the MA RMV office with the following:

  • I-94 card or number.
  • Official passport.
  • Refugee documents.

Take the documents above, along with your current license and completed application, to your nearest RMV location. Once your identity and lawful residency are verified, you can renew drivers license.

Out-Of-State Military Renewal

There is no need to immediately renew drivers license in Massachusetts if you are a member of the armed forces. Members of the military are allowed to renew their licenses up to 60 days after they are honorably discharged. This rule does not apply to military dependents, and if necessary, active service members can renew drivers license online and by mail.

Out-Of-State Military: Renew Online

Veterans may renew drivers license online in Massachusetts if they are out of state or stationed overseas. This drivers license renewal method is the fastest, and those who renew online will need to pay a fee of $50. The system will prompt you to enter details about your drivers license and Massachusetts address, and when you are finished, you will receive a plastic license in the mail a few days later. The online renewal system will only accept payments made with credit or debit cards.

Out-Of-State Military: Renewal By Mail

You can renew your driver license in MA by mail if you prefer. To do this, simply send the following to the Registry of Motor Vehicles in Boston:

  • Complete Class D, M, or D/M License and ID Card Application.
  • Drivers license renewal fee payment (make check or money order payable to the "Massachusetts Department of Transportation").
  • Copy of your military identification.

Once the RMV receives your application, you will receive a non-photo temporary drivers license to use until you return to your home state.

Drivers License Extensions

If you need to renew your expired drivers license in Massachusetts, you will not be able to apply for an extension. Members of the military can renew drivers license up to 60 days after they are honorably discharged, but all other Massachusetts residents will need to renew before their licenses' official expiration date, even if they are outside of the state at the time.

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 (not verified) 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 (not verified) 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 (not verified) 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 (not verified) 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 (not verified) 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 (not verified) 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 (not verified) on 5th Jan 2009

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Submitted by KJZ (not verified) 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 (not verified) on 21st Dec 2011

re new license

re new license

Submitted by norma cruz (not verified) on 21st Dec 2011

re new license

re new license

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