To legally ride a motorcycle in Massachusetts, you must first apply for a motorcycle learner’s permit.
To get a learner's permit, driver’s license, or Mass ID in Massachusetts, you’ll need to provide proof of citizenship or lawful presence, a Social Security number, and Massachusetts residency. Learn what documents you can use below.
You’ll also need to decide between a Standard driver’s license/ID and a REAL ID driver’s license/ID. REAL ID is a federal ID that you can use, beginning October 2021, to fly within the United States or enter federal buildings. To get one, you’ll need to provide additional documentation and come into an RMV service center. Learn more about REAL ID and whether or not you need one below.
Ready to take a road test before getting your license? You can schedule your road test online.
The RMV has extended licenses that expire in March, April, and May.
Passenger (Class D) or motorcycle (Class M) learner's permit holders may avoid a trip to an RMV Service Center to have their license issued if all fees have been paid.
If your learner’s permit has been lost or stolen, you’ll need to replace it as soon as possible. You must have a valid learner’s permit in your possession to legally drive.
If you are looking to change information on your driver's license, Mass ID, or Liquor ID you will need to notify the RMV.
Need to cancel your scheduled road test? Avoid a fee and cancel at least 72 hours before your test.
If your driver's license has been lost or stolen, you’ll need to replace it as soon as possible. You must have a valid driver's license in your possession to legally drive.
The RMV recognizes most approved and certified motorcycle rider education programs in other states.
If you are unsure of your driver's license status, you can check with the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV). You can also check the status of your Mass ID.
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