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Renew your driver's license

The RMV has extended licenses that expire between March and August.
The RMV will send your new driver’s license to the mailing address on record in 7-10 days.

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Due to the pandemic, the Massachusetts RMV has taken measures to reduce customer visits in our Service Centers. All Massachusetts driver’s licenses and ID cards that expire between March and August have been extended. Even though the card in your possession displays your expiration date that has passed or soon to pass, the RMV system has been updated to reflect the new expiration date.

In addition, the federal government announced a revised REAL ID compliance deadline of October 1, 2021. Because a REAL ID requires an in-person visit to an RMV Service Center, the RMV has suspended the issuance of REAL IDs. If you are a AAA member, you can make a reservation to renew your ID card at a AAA location. Visit aaa.com/appointments to schedule your visit.

If you renew for a ‘standard’ Massachusetts driver’s license or ID card online between June 12 and August 12, 2020, you will be able to upgrade to a REAL ID if you  need it in 2021 at no additional charge.

To obtain a Standard license/ID card, follow the steps below.

  1. You will need to provide information from your citizenship/lawful presence document. Review the enclosed checklist and have your document ready.
  2. Visit the RMV's Online Service Center and select your renewal transaction then follow the prompts to verify your identity and start your transaction.
  3. Choose Standard Massachusetts driver’s license and follow the prompts to complete your transaction online.

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 EZ-Pass violations

Check the status of your license before renewing if either of these applies to you. 

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

Fees for Renew your driver's license

*Class D and M licenses and permits and Mass IDs can be issued for less than 5 years, depending on the duration of an applicant’s lawful presence in the U.S. In this case, the fee will be prorated, based on the how long the license, permit, or Mass ID is valid. For a license, it will be $10.00 per year. For a Mass ID, it will be $5.00 per year.

Name Fee Unit
Class D Driver's License Renewal Fee $50 each
Class M Driver's License Renewal Fee $50 each
Class DM Driver's License Renewal Fee $65 each

How to renew Renew your driver's license

  1. You will need to provide information from your citizenship/lawful presence document. Review the enclosed checklist and have your document ready.
  2. Visit the RMV's Online Service Center and select your renewal transaction then follow the prompts to verify your identity and start your transaction.
  3. Choose Standard Massachusetts driver’s license and follow the prompts to complete your transaction online.

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

The RMV is not offering renewals of driver's licenses at RMV Service Centers at this time. However, if you are a AAA member, you can make a reservation to renew your driver’s license/ID at a AAA location. Visit aaa.com/appointments to schedule your visit.

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You can renew your license up to 2 years after expiration. If your license has been expired more than 2 years, you will be required to take the learner's permit exam and road test.

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.

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