Appeal a ruling or decision of the RMV

Any person who disagrees with the Registrar’s decision can appeal that decision within 10 days to the Board of Appeals on Motor Vehicle Liability, Policies, and Bonds.
You have 10 days to appeal a ruling or decision of the RMV.

Registry of Motor Vehicles

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From area codes 339, 617, 781, and 857, or from outside Massachusetts

From all other Massachusetts area codes

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The Details

What you need

To appeal a ruling/decision, you will need to:

Fees

Name Fee Unit
Appeal Fee $50 each

How to appeal

To file an appeal with the Board of Appeals, you must complete an appeal of a ruling/decision of the RMV form and mail it with the applicable fee to:

Division of Insurance
1000 Washington St

Suite 810
Boston, MA 02118-6200

 

Hearings are scheduled in the order in which the appeal forms are received and according to the length of the suspension/revocation. There are no exceptions in order to be fair to all those filing appeals.

Next steps

The Hearing

 

The hearing is your opportunity to present information (testimony and/or documents) that you would like the board to consider when reviewing your appeal.
At the time of your hearing, your name will be called by the board and you will be asked to provide some basic information for identification purposes. Then a representative of the Registrar will:
  1. Present what action(s) the Registrar has taken regarding your license privileges and
  2. support the reason for the action. This presentation almost always includes the RMV's submission of your driving history record as maintained by the RMV.
After you and the board have heard the RMV's presentation you will have the opportunity to present your information to the board.

More info

The following instances where an appeal would be filed elsewhere other than with the Board of Appeals:

  • Driver's license suspensions/revocations due to non-payment of child support must be appealed to the court where the child support order was issued
  • Appeals of civil motor vehicle convictions (i.e., findings of "responsible") are available only through the court system
  • Driver's license suspensions/revocations for chemical test refusals must be appealed directly to the court where your operating under the influence case is being heard. You have 30 days from the date of the RMV decision to file such an appeal with the court. The operator must have appeared for an RMV hearing and cannot appear directly in the court.
     

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From area codes 339, 617, 781, and 857, or from outside Massachusetts

From all other Massachusetts area codes

For people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing (in Massachusetts)

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