Apply for a NEW Auto Repair Shop License

Massachusetts requires all motor vehicle repair shops be registered.

Division of Standards

The Details   of Apply for a NEW Auto Repair Shop License

What you need   for Apply for a NEW Auto Repair Shop License

For your convenience online registrations are now available. Click here to start. 

Motor Vehicle Damage Repair Shop Information


  1. Completed online application with payment of $450 application fee; major credit/debit cards and electronic check payments are accepted.
  2. Upload a copy of original $10,000 dollar surety Repair Shop Bond or letter of credit approved by the Director of the Division of Standards. Bonds must be executed and sealed by bonding company, also, they MUST BE COMPLETED AND SIGNED. 
  3. Obtain and upload two signed letters of recommendation from either a licensed auto repair shop or a auto glass repair shop, an elected official, or a member of the Massachusetts bar. 
  4. Upload a valid appraiser's license, the license must bear an imprint of the appraiser’s seal. “If you stop working with the appraiser whose appraiser’s license you have supplied to the Division at the time of your application or renewal, or if the appraiser no longer holds a valid appraiser’s license, you must notify the Division within thirty (30) days of that change and provide the Division with a valid appraiser’s license of the new appraiser with whom you will be working.”     

Please note: Section 22 of Chapter 208 of the Acts of 2012 listed below pertaining to the registration of Motor Vehicle Glass Repair Shops.

SECTION 22. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, a registered motor vehicle repair shop, as defined in section 1 of chapter 100A of the General Laws, performing motor vehicle glass repair on the effective date of this act shall not be required to register with the division of standards as both a registered motor vehicle repair shop and a registered motor vehicle glass repair shop.

Fees   for Apply for a NEW Auto Repair Shop License

Name Fee Unit
Motor Vehicle Damage Repair Shop $450 Every 3 years

How to apply   Apply for a NEW Auto Repair Shop License

To register in person visit: 

Division of Standards

1000 Washington Street, Suite 510

Boston, MA 02118

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Requirements for Motor Vehicle Damage Repair Shops.

Record Keeping

  1. Every registered motor vehicle damage repair shop shall keep, or cause to be kept, a proper record of every motor vehicle that enters or leaves its place of business for repair. A proper record shall include, but not be limited to the following:

    1. A description of the motor vehicle (year, color, model, mfg.)

    2. The vehicle identification number (VIN)

    3. The date the vehicle was received

    4. The name and residence of the person from whom the vehicle was received

    5. A signed authorization for the work to be performed on the vehicle. Work authorization can be signed by the owner or the owner’s authorized representative

    6. A description of all major components parts, motor, transmission, and body parts, and parts for the interior the repair; and a reference to or copy of the purchase invoice for those parts.

    7. A description of the work performed.

  2. All shops must also keep records of purchases of all major components, parts, motors, transmissions, body parts and interiors.

  3. All records shall be kept for a period of 18 months.


  1. No registered motor vehicle shall offer or give any rebate gift, prize, premium, bonus, fee or any other tangible or monetary thing to an insured, or any other person not in the employ of the repair shop, as an inducement to have the repair made at the repair shop.

  2. Every registered shop must include the registration number in all advertisements. Exceptions: (a) Advertisements placed prior to January 1, 1989 and (b) Single-line listings in the yellow or white pages of a telephone directory.

  3. When two or more motor vehicle repair shops are separately identified in a single advertisement, the advertisement must include the registration number of each shop.


    Any person violating any of the provisions of Chapter 100A may be punished by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars or by imprisonment for not more than six months, or both. Such fines may be imposed by the Director of Standards in a hearing or in a civil or criminal action brought by the Attorney General. Violation of any of the provisions of Chapter 100A shall constitute a violation of Chapter 93A.


Contact   for Apply for a NEW Auto Repair Shop License

1000 Washington Street , Suite 510, Boston, MA 02118
(617) 727-5705


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