Per MGL Chapter 90, Section 2, a resident of Massachusetts, or another state or country, who does not have a driver's license, a Massachusetts ID, or a Social Security Number, will be required to provide identification to obtain a registration.
By law (M.G.L. c.90 § 2) a ‘natural person’ applying for a vehicle registration must provide proof of identity to complete the following registration transactions:
When you apply for a registration for a motor vehicle or trailer, you must provide at least one of the following:
- A valid unexpired driver’s license from any state or territory of the United States or Canada
- Your Social Security (SSN) Card - Physical SSN Card must be presented. The card cannot be laminated.
- Proof of lawful presence - Must present one of the documents listed on the acceptable identification documents list
If a vehicle has two owners, both owners must prove lawful presence.
If you register a vehicle in the name of a sole proprietor with either of the following:
Federal identification number
Employer identification number
Then the sole proprietor must provide his/her SSN on the registration application. If the sole proprietor does not have an SSN, he/she must:
Re-register and re-title all vehicles in his/her individual name
Provide proof of lawful presence