Learn about the different kinds of commercial driver’s licenses (CDL), as well as which tests and endorsements you’ll need for each.
To get a learner's permit, driver’s license, or Mass ID in Massachusetts, you’ll need to provide proof of citizenship or lawful presence, a Social Security number, and Massachusetts residency. Learn what documents you can use below.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has extended the REAL ID full enforcement
date from October 1, 2021 to May 3, 2023, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Beginning May 3, 2023, every air traveler 18 years of age and older will need a REAL ID
compliant driver’s license or identification card, or another TSA-acceptable form of
identification, for domestic air travel and to enter certain federal facilities.
You’ll also need to decide between a Standard driver’s license/ID and a REAL ID driver’s license/ID. REAL ID is a federal ID that you can use to fly within the United States or enter federal buildings. To get one, you’ll need to provide additional documentation and come into an RMV service center. Learn more about REAL ID and whether or not you need one below.
A Commercial Driver's License (CDL) is valid for 5 years and expires on your birthday. You can renew your CDL up to 1 year prior to its expiration date.
To operate a commercial motor vehicle in Massachusetts, you must first obtain a commercial learner’s permit. You will have to take additional tests to get your permit, depending on which class of driver's license and endorsements you need.
All CDL holders must tell the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) if they plan to operate within the state or outside of the state, and if they're required to have a medical certificate.
Ready to take a road test before getting your license? You can schedule your road test online.
If your driver's license has been lost or stolen, you’ll need to replace it as soon as possible. You must have a valid driver's license in your possession to legally drive.
If you have a CDL from another state, you need to convert it to a MA driver's license upon becoming a resident in Massachusetts.
If you are unsure of your driver's license status, you can check with the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV). You can also check the status of your Mass ID.
Need to cancel your scheduled road test? Avoid a fee and cancel at least 72 hours before your test.
If you are looking to change information on your driver's license, Mass ID, or Liquor ID you will need to notify the RMV.
If your learner’s permit has been lost or stolen, you’ll need to replace it as soon as possible. You must have a valid learner’s permit in your possession to legally drive.
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