Transfer your out of state driver's license to Massachusetts

If you have a driver’s license from another state, you need to convert it to a MA driver’s license upon becoming a resident in Massachusetts.

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The Details of Transfer your out of state driver's license to Massachusetts

What you need for Transfer your out of state driver's license to Massachusetts

To transfer your out-of-state license to a Massachusetts license, you'll need to:

  1. Decide what type of license you want – a REAL ID driver's license (valid for federal purposes) or Standard Massachusetts driver's license (not valid for federal purposes). Need help deciding? Try our REAL ID: Real answers tool.
    • You will need to visit an RMV Service Center with proof of the required documentation:
      • Lawful presence (1 document)
        • If your name differs on the lawful presence document, you must also provide proof of the legal name change
      • Social Security number (1 document)
      • Massachusetts residency (2 documents)
  2. Start your application online
  3. Bring your required identification and completed application to an RMV Service Center

You must convert your driver's education certificate or complete driver's education in Massachusetts, if you under the age of 18.

If you have a license from Canada, Mexico, or a U.S. territory (including Puerto Rico), you must present a driving record not more than 30 days old. Refer to the More Info section if your Driving Record is not printed in English.

Fees for Transfer your out of state driver's license to Massachusetts

*Class D and M licenses 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 is valid. For a license, it will be $10.00 per year.

Name Fee Unit
Class D Driver's License Conversion Fee $115 each
Class M Driver's License Conversion Fee $115 each
Class D and M Driver's License Conversion Fee $130 each

How to transfer Transfer your out of state driver's license to Massachusetts

Bring all required documents, fees, and the completed application to any RMV Service Center.

You can pay by cash, check, money order, credit card, and debit card. Since payment methods vary by location, check what’s accepted at the site you will be visiting.

 

You cannot transfer your driver's license online. However, you can get ready by completing the application online and answering a series of questions. At the end of the questionnaire, you will be provided with a complete application and list of required documents that you will need to bring with you to an RMV Service Center.

More info about Transfer your out of state driver's license to Massachusetts

If your license has been expired more than 1 year, a full test (written and road) and an eye test will be required.

To transfer your license, you must have a valid immigration status for at least 12 months.  If your legal immigration status is less than 12 months, you are not eligible to obtain a Massachusetts driver's license.

Driving Records

If you present a driving record that is not written or printed in the English language, the Registrar may require the document to be accompanied by a translation that is certified by one of the following:

• A bilingual teacher at an accredited Massachusetts college, university, or private language school

• A bilingual notary public

• The local consulate for the document’s country of origin

• The American Translators Association (the national association of professional translators and interpreters)

If translated by a teacher or consulate, the translation must be printed on the letterhead of the consulate, college, university, or private language school and it must be properly formatted. Visit www.mass.gov/rmv to see the acceptable format. If translated by a notary, the translation must have the notary’s official seal.

 

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