Cancel your vehicle registration

The most convenient way to cancel your plates/registration is online. You can also cancel your plates/registration at any Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) Service Center.

Registry of Motor Vehicles

Phone

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

Requirements differ based on the method of cancelling your vehicle registration. Refer to the online and/or in person sections below.

How to cancel

You may cancel your registration online UNLESS there are 2 vehicle owners. The easiest and quickest way to cancel your vehicle registration is to do so online

You will need to provide your:

  • Vehicle registration number
  • Email address 

and 1 of the following:

  • Driver's license/permit/ID number
  • Social Security number (SSN)
  • FID number (If vehicle is registered to a company/corporation)

 

 

You may cancel your registration at any RMV service center with acceptable identification. You do not need to return the plates to the RMV. You will need to provide:

  • Vehicle registration number
  • Owner name(s)
  • Owner address

To cancel a registration when there are 2 vehicle owners listed on the title/registration or to cancel a registration on behalf of the vehicle owner(s), download and complete the affidavit for cancellation of registration.

 

 

 

 

 

More info

Once you cancel your registration, your vehicle cannot be driven on any public way in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. When your registration is canceled, the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) will provide you with a registration cancellation receipt.

Once your registration is canceled, you must recycle or destroy your license plates.

Excise tax abatements

You may be eligible for an abatement of your local motor vehicle excise if you canceled your registration because you also: 

  • moved out of Massachusetts
  • reported the vehicle stolen, or
  • no longer own the vehicle

You are not entitled to an abatement by just cancelling your registration.

For your local assessors’ office to process your abatement application, you must provide documentation of these and any other actions required by state law.  If have any questions, please contact your local assessor.

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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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