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Reinstate your driver's license

The RMV can allow the reinstatement of a suspension/revocation action. The requirements to do so vary by suspension type.

Registry of Motor Vehicles

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What you need

To reinstate your license, you will need to:

  • Check your license status, and see what requirements are necessary for your specific case.
  • Pay the reinstatement fee, which varies based on violation.

You may be required to pass one or more of the following tests in order to reinstate your Class D learner's permit or driver's license, Class M learner's permit or driver's license, or commercial driver's license (CDL) or learner's permit or license:

  • Class D learner's permit exam
  • Class M learner's permit exam
  • Class D road test
  • Class M road test
  • CDL learner's permit exam
  • CDL road test

If your suspension period is 2 years or more you are required to take a full exam (learner's permit exam and road test) in order to reinstate your suspended/revoked learner's permit or driver's license.

A Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) hearings officer may determine upon review of an operator’s record that the operator is required to take a learner's permit exam and/or a road test for suspensions/revocations less than 2 years. A junior operator is required by Massachusetts General Laws to take the learner's permit exam and/or road test.

A CDL driver must take both the CDL permit exam and CDL road test in order to reinstate his/her suspended/revoked CDL learner's permit or license.

How to request

You must submit the following at an RMV Service Center in order to reinstate your learner's permit or driver's license:

      A completed Class D, M, or D/M license and ID card application

      The applicable fee


More info

The RMV may require you to complete one or more of the following classes or programs in order to reinstate:

  • National Safety Council (NSC)/Massachusetts driver retraining program
  • State Courts Against Road Rage (SCARR)
  • Driver attitudinal retraining
  • Drug or alcohol counseling and/or education program
  • Youth Alcohol Program (YAP)

Refer to the required classes or programs page for more information.





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