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Transfer your out of state learner’s permit to Massachusetts

If you have a passenger (Class D) and/or motorcycle (Class M) learner’s permit from another state, you need to convert it to a learner’s permit upon becoming a resident in Massachusetts.

Registry of Motor Vehicles

The Details of Transfer your out of state learner’s permit to Massachusetts

What you need for Transfer your out of state learner’s permit to Massachusetts

An out-of-state learner's permit can be converted to a Massachusetts learner's permit if:

  • The learner's permit is issued by another state, the District of Columbia, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, or a U.S. Territory. The RMV does not convert learner's permits from any other country
  • You are a resident of Massachusetts
  • You are at least 16 years old
  • You are clear of any outstanding obligations to any state
  • You meet the minimum medical standards for a license in Massachusetts
  • The out-of-state learner's permit was issued less than 2 years ago
  • The out-of-state learner’s permit does not indicate that it is “temporary,” “limited term,” “driver privilege only,” or any other type that has no equivalent Massachusetts learner’s permit

To transfer your out of state learner's permit, you must:

  1. Decide what type of driver's license you want – a REAL ID Massachusetts Driver’s License (valid for federal purposes) or Standard Massachusetts Driver’s License (not valid for federal purposes). Go to our website at  mass.gov/id to decide

  2. Complete your application online
  3. Bring your required identification (including your out-of-state learner's permit) 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.

All documents must be originals.

If you have a learner's permit from Canada, Mexico, or a U.S. territory (including Puerto Rico), you must present a driving record not more than 30 days old.

Please note that the RMV does not transfer commercial learner's permits (CLPs).

Fees for Transfer your out of state learner’s permit to Massachusetts

Name Fee Unit
Permit Application Fee $30 each

How to transfer Transfer your out of state learner’s permit 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.

Next steps for Transfer your out of state learner’s permit to Massachusetts

Road test

To get your driver's license, you will need to take and pass a road test. If you are under 18 years of age, you must meet all junior operator requirements.

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