Massachusetts Dept. of Transportation, Registry of Motor Vehicles Division (RMV)

Filed Under: Administrative Issues, Transportation
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The Registry of Motor Vehicles provides licenses or permits required to own or operate a vehicle in Massachusetts. Documentation required for many transactions are:

  1. A valid Social Security card or a valid passport.
  2. Three pieces of identification which will establish date of birth, proof of signature and Massachusetts residency.

To replace a lost license or ID: Complete the appropriate form obtained at the RMV office or from the web site. The replacement fee is $25. However, you may be able to renew your license now if you are within one year of your expiration date.

To renew a license: To renew your license, complete a Class D, M, or D/M License and ID Card Application. This form is available at any RMV branch or you may download it from the Download Forms section of the RMV website. Bring the completed form, the $50 renewal fee, and required documentation to any RMV full service office or license express.

If your license expired less than 4 years ago, you will have to pass the vision test and present the documentation in (1) and, possibly, proof of Massachusetts residency.

To obtain a new Massachusetts ID: If you are 21 or older and do not hold a Massachusetts Driver’s license, you can obtain a Massachusetts Liquor ID. The fee is $25. If you are at least 16 years old, but under 21, and do not have a Massachusetts Driver’s license, you can obtain a Massachusetts ID. The fee is $25. You will have to present the documentation listed above in (1) and (2). Follow the instructions on the ‘Obtaining a Massachusetts ID’ ( webpage on the RMV website for specific instructions.

The Registry of Motor Vehicles allows staff from Parole Re-entry Centers (RRC) to substantiate documentation required to obtain a Massachusetts ID for individuals who have served time in Massachusetts facilities and who are in the DOC/HOC databank. Parole re-entry staff will then take the returning citizen to the RMV office and work with the registry staff until an ID is approved. There is a $25 fee for the ID.

The Quincy Parole Board’s Regional Re-entry Center can be contacted at 617-376-6260. The Center covers Brighton, Dorchester, Cambridge, Charlestown, Chelsea, East Boston, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Hyde Park, Roslindale, Roxbury, West Roxbury, Brookline, North End, South End, Somerville, Everett, Revere, Winthrop, Malden, and Milton.

Call the RMV at 857-368-8000 (for those outside Massachusetts or in area codes 339, 617, 781, or 857) or 800-858-3926 (for all other Massachusetts area codes not listed)

For RMV COVID-19 Information please visit the website. 

Service hours

M - F: 9am - 5pm

Other Locations

9c Everett Street, Revere, MA
Open M – F: 8am – 5pm

Watertown, In the Watertown Mall
550 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA
Open M – W and F: 9am – 5pm and Th: 10am – 6pm

4210 Washington Street, Boston, MA
Open M – F: 9am – 5pm

While every effort is made to provide current and accurate information for the agency descriptions and hours of operation, it is recommended to call the agency to verify the information before visiting.

Last updated December 2, 2020


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