Renew your driver's license

Your driver's license is valid for 5 years and expires on your birthday. You can renew your driver's license up to 1 year before its expiration date.

Contact

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

A new photo is required if your current photo is 9 or more years old or was taken before your 21st birthday.  If a new photo is required, you must visit an RMV Service Center for the renewal.

You can’t renew your driver’s license if:

  • Your driver’s license is suspended or revoked
  • You have unpaid parking tickets, excise tax, or EZPass violations

Turning 21 soon? You may want to wait to renew until your birthday. See the More info section below. 

 

Fees

Name Fee Unit
Class D Renewal Fee $50 each
Class M Renewal Fee $50 each
Class DM Renewal Fee $65 each

How to renew

The easiest and quickest way to renew your driver's license is online. You will need to provide:

  • Driver's license number
  • Last 4 digits of your Social Security number
  • Email address
  • Applicable fee

You will be able to review and change your address if necessary during the application process.

Bring your completed application and payment for the required fee to:

Most 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.

More info

The RMV will send your new driver’s license to the mailing address on record for you in 5-7 days.

Unpaid fines or taxes

You can check the status of your driver’s license to find out if you have unpaid fines or excise taxes that will prevent you from renewing your driver's license. You will need to pay any outstanding obligations before renewing your license.

  • Parking tickets or excise taxes — Pay the tickets or taxes, and get a receipt from the city or town showing that items have been paid.
  • EZ-Pass MA — Call customer service at (877) 627-7745 to pay your violations.

 

Turning 21?

If you renew your driver's license before your 21st birthday, you will receive a vertical license with the words "Under 21" printed on it. That license will be good for 5 years. However, if you renew your license on or after your 21st birthday, you will receive a standard horizontal license without "Under 21" printed on it.

Contact

Phone

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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