This page explains how to renew your driver's license.
To legally drive in Massachusetts, you must first apply for a 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.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has extended the REAL ID full enforcement
date from October 1, 2021 to May 3, 2023, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Beginning May 3, 2023, every air traveler 18 years of age and older will need a REAL ID
compliant driver’s license or identification card, or another TSA-acceptable form of
identification, for domestic air travel and to enter certain federal facilities.
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 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.
If you are looking to change information on your driver's license, Mass ID, or Liquor ID you will need to notify the RMV.
If you change your address, you need to inform the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) about the change within 30 days.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Some countries have established arrangements allowing licensed residents to convert their driver's licenses. Upon becoming a Massachusetts resident, valid license holders can do this without a written or road test.
Need to cancel your scheduled road test? Avoid a fee and cancel at least 72 hours before your test.
The RMV can allow the reinstatement of a suspension/revocation action. The requirements to do so vary by suspension type.
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.
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.
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