MA Registry of Motor Vehicles


Driver's License Renewals

Does it seem like the RMV is the only place that makes you work a little extra on your birthday? The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles is looking to make your renewal processes easier. As opposed to standing in line at the RMV every four or five years, every other renewal period you may renew your license online! In an effort to save on expenses the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles no longer sends reminder mailings to renew your driver’s license. Be sure to keep a careful eye on your license expiration date.

A Massachusetts driver’s license is valid up to five years from issue date and will expire on your birthday. You may renew your drivers license up to a year before the expiration date. However if you’re more of a procrastinator, the RMV recommends renewing driver’s license at least seven days before expiration. Thus allowing enough time to receive your new license in the mail before your current license expires.

Also be prepared to pay a renewal fee. The Massachusetts government charges $25 for an amendment or duplicate licensing and $75 for the renewal of a Class A, B, or C license. For more information on the Massachusetts licensing charges visit the RVM fees page where renewals, registration, and title transfer fees are listed.

However it is important to remember you may not renew your license online if you:

  • have a license photo that was taken before age 21
  • have a license photo that was taken more than nine years ago
  • hold a commercial driver’s license
  • need to legally change your name
  • have filed for a change of address however have not received a confirmation e-mail
  • would like to register to vote
  • do not have a Social Security number

In these cases you will need to visit a local RMV branch to renew and have additional changes made.

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