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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.
The RMV will send your new driver’s license to the mailing address on record in 7-10 days.

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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 driver's 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). Go to mass.gov/id to decide.
  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 are 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.

Please note that the RMV participates in the State-to-State (S2S) Verification Service which electronically  checks with all other participating states to determine if you currently hold a driver license or identification card in another state and will notify the state you are transferring from to invalidate that credential. 

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

*Class D and M REAL ID 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

You must make a reservation for this transaction. To make a reservation, click here.

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.

You must make a reservation for this transaction. To make a reservation, click here.

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

Complete your application online

Did you recently move to Massachusetts and need to transfer your out of state license? Save some time and start your application online!

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

If you do not have your out-of-state license to turn-in to the RMV, you will need to provide:

  • Acceptable photo ID from the list of acceptable documents
  • Certified copy of Driving Record, not more than 30 days old

If your license has been expired more than 1 year, a full test (written and road) and an eye test will be required. If your license is active or is expired for less than 1 year, a written and road test is not required.

Driving Records

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

  • Language Service Provider  

  • 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  

    • NOTE: Not all consulates provide translation services. Make sure you confirm with the consulate before choosing this option.

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

  • Community-based organization  

  • U.S. Government agency (state or federal)  

  • Massachusetts municipal agency

  • Non-profit organization 

Both the translation and certification must be printed on the letterhead of the certifying entity. The RMV will post a template that can be used in the near future. This page will be updated when available.

Certifications must include the following information:  

  • Translator’s name (printed)   

  • Date  

  • Translator’s full address  

  • Translator’s telephone number or email address  

  • Translator’s signature  

  • A statement of the translator's qualifications.  

  • A statement affirming the completeness and accuracy of the document.  

  • Identification of the translated document and language.  

 

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