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.

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

To transfer your out-of-state driver’s license to Massachusetts, you will need the following:

If you are under 18 years of age:

  • You must be 16½ to obtain a Massachusetts driver's license. Refer to our junior operator licensing section for complete details.
  • You must present the following:

In addition, you must provide:

  • 1 document proving date of birth
  • Parental consent on the Class D, M, or D/M License and ID Card Application (if under 18)
  • A certified driving record not more than 30 days old from the state where you currently hold your License
  • A Social Security number (SSN) that the RMV can verify with the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) as having been issued to you OR an acceptable Denial Notice from the SSA. If you present a Denial Notice, you must also present proof of acceptable visa status, an I-94 (Record of Arrival and Departure), and a current non-U.S. Passport.

You must convert your Driver's Education certificate or complete Driver's Education in Massachusetts.

All documents must be originals.

If you are over 18, in addition to the documents listed above, you need to provide documentation proving your signature and MA residency rather than parental consent.

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.

Fees

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

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.

 

Next steps

Renewal

Your license will need renewal every 5 years.

More info

If your out-of-state license has been expired for more than 1 year but less than 4, you will be required to take a written test for the class license you are trying to transfer. If your license has been expired more than 4 years, a full test written and road plus an eye test will be required.

To transfer your license, you must have a valid immigration status for at least 12 months from the date of application. If your legal immigration status is less than 12 months, a hold will be placed on your record.

Credentials marked with temporary, limited term, or driver privilege only terms cannot be transferred to Massachusetts, as there is no equivalent Massachusetts credential.

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From area codes 339, 617, 781, and 857, or from outside Massachusetts

From all other Massachusetts area codes

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