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Apply for a Massachusetts Identification Card (Mass ID)

The RMV issues Mass ID cards to non-drivers who are residents of Massachusetts.
You will receive your Mass ID in the mail in 5-7 days once the transaction has been completed.

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The Details of Apply for a Massachusetts Identification Card (Mass ID)

What you need for Apply for a Massachusetts Identification Card (Mass ID)

Massachusetts identification cards (Mass IDs) are issued to eligible customers who:

  • Are at least 14 years old
  • Do not hold a valid license in Massachusetts or an other state/jurisdiction
  • Are a resident of Massachusetts

To apply for a Mass ID, you must:

  1. Decide what type of identification you want – a REAL ID (valid for federal purposes) or Standard ID (not valid for federal purposes). Need help deciding? Try our REAL ID: Real answers tool.
    • If you want a Standard ID, you may be able to complete your renewal online by entering the information from your lawful presence document.
    • If you want a REAL ID or are over the age of 75, you will need to visit an RMV Service Center with proof of the required documentation:
      • Lawful presence (1 document)
        • If your name differs on the lawful presence document, you must also provide proof of the legal name change
      • Social Security number (1 document)
      • Massachusetts residency (2 documents)
  2. Bring your required identification and completed application to an RMV Service Center. You can start the application online. 

Fees for Apply for a Massachusetts Identification Card (Mass ID)

(Amount below is per year.)

Name Fee Unit
Massachusetts ID Card $5 each

How to apply Apply for a Massachusetts Identification Card (Mass ID)

Bring the completed application, along with all required identification documents and fee to an RMV Service Center.

Most RMV service centers accept cash, check, money order, and credit or debit cards. Since payment methods vary by location, check what’s accepted at the site you will be visiting.

 

You cannot process a Mass ID application online. However, you can get ready by completing the application online and answering a series of questions. At the end of the questionnaire, you will be provided with a complete application and list of required documents that you will need to bring with you to an RMV Service Center.

Next steps for Apply for a Massachusetts Identification Card (Mass ID)

Receiving Your Mass ID

You will be given a temporary Mass ID, valid for 30 days, at the service center, and a permanent Mass ID will be mailed to you within 5–7 days.

Contact for Apply for a Massachusetts Identification Card (Mass ID)

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