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Requirements differ based on the method of cancelling your registration/license plates. Refer to the online and/or in person sections below.
Note: License plates do not have to be returned to the RMV when registration is cancelled.
There is no fee to cancel your registration.
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:
and 1 of the following:
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:
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.
Once you cancel your registration, your car/truck cannot be driven on any public way in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. When your registration is canceled, the RMV will provide you with a registration cancellation receipt.
Once your registration is canceled, you must recycle or destroy your license plates. Plates can be cut in half and discarded; or you can recycle destroyed plates if your town accepts them at the local recycle center.
You may be eligible for an abatement of your local motor vehicle excise if you canceled your registration because you either:
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.