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    Massachusetts Identification Cards

    If you do not have a Massachusetts driver’s license, you can use a MA state ID card as an alternative photo identification to prove your identity, age, or address.

    MA ID Card Eligibility Requirements

    In Massachusetts, the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) offers 2 types of MA state ID cards: the Massachusetts ID and Liquor ID.

    Massachusetts ID Card

    To be eligible for a Massachusetts ID card, you must:

    • Be at least 14 years old.
    • Be a Massachusetts resident.
    • Not hold a license in any U.S. state.
    • Have a Social Security number (or a certified denial letter from the SSA).

    Massachusetts Liquor ID Cards

    To be eligible for a MA Liquor ID card, you must:

    • Be at least 21 years old.
    • Not hold a Massachusetts driver’s license.
    • Have a Social Security number (or a certified denial letter from the SSA).

    Apply for a Massachusetts ID/Liquor ID Card

    You must visit a full-service MA RMV branch office to apply for your Massachusetts ID card or Liquor ID card. You cannot apply for a MA ID card or Liquor ID card online or by mail.

    The RMV does NOT take appointments for Massachusetts ID card applications.

    You will need to bring:

    • A completed Class D, M, or D/M License and ID Card Application (Form T21042_0414).
    • Proof of Massachusetts residence (not required for a Liquor ID card), such as:
      • Loan contract.
      • W-2 form.
      • Social Security statement.
    • Proof of your birth date, such as:
      • Passport.
      • Birth certificate.
      • Out-of-state driver’s license.
    • Proof of your signature, such as:
      • Passport.
      • Canceled personal check.
      • Social Security card.
    • Social Security number (SSN), if you have one.
      • If you do not have an SSN, you need to bring a notice of denial from the Social Security Administration (SSA), proof of your current visa status, an I-94, and your valid non-U.S. passport.
    • Payment for the $25 fee. See the “MA Identification Card Fees” section below for accepted payment methods.

    All documents must be originals. The MA RMV does not accept photocopies. You must have separate documents to prove your residence, date of birth and signature. One document cannot be used to satisfy more than one category.

    Visit the Mass RMV website for a complete list of accepted documents to prove your residence, date of birth, and signature.

    Your new Massachusetts ID card or Liquor ID card will be mailed to you. The MA RMV will issue you a temporary Massachusetts ID/Liquor ID card 30 days.

    MA Identification Card Fees

    Your original, renewed or replacement Massachusetts ID or Liquor ID is $25.

    Contact your local Massachusetts RMV branch office for accepted payment methods when making a payment in person.

    For online transactions, the MA RMV accepts payment by:

    • MasterCard.
    • Visa.
    • Discover.
    • American Express.

    Renew Your Massachusetts ID Card

    Your Massachusetts ID/Liquor ID card will expire after 5 years.

    Mass Liquor IDs cannot be renewed. You must re-apply for a new Liquor ID when your current card expires. See the “Apply for a Massachusetts ID/Liquor ID Card” section above for more information.

    The Mass RMV no longer sends out renewal notices, so you’ll need to be aware of your MA ID card expiration date. You should renew your MA ID card at least 7 days before it expires.

    You may be eligible to renew your Massachusetts ID card online. Otherwise, you must renew in person at your local RMV office. You cannot renew it by mail.

    NOTE: If you wish to add a veteran’s indicator to your MA ID card, you must renew your card in person. Refer to “U.S. Veterans” below for more information.

    Online Renewal

    To renew your MA identification card online, visit the Massachusetts RMV ID Card Renewal page.

    To determine your eligibility for online Massachusetts ID card renewal, you will be asked to provide your:

    • Mass ID card number.
    • Full name
    • Birthday.
    • Social Security number.

    If you qualify to renew online, you’ll need to pay the $25 fee. See the “MA Identification Card Fees” section above for accepted payment methods. Your new Massachusetts ID card will generally arrive within 10 business days.

    In-Person Renewal

    If you do not qualify for an online renewal, you must visit a MA RMV branch office in person to renew your MA ID card.

    You will need to:

    • Complete the Class D, M, or D/M License and ID Card Application (Form T21042_0414).
    • Provide proof of birth date, signature, and MA residency.
      • Your expiring ID card can provide all of these.
    • Pay for the $25 renewal fee. See the “MA Identification Card Fees” section above for fees and payment methods.

    Veteran Status Indicator: If you wish to have a veteran’s indicator added to your MA ID card, you must also bring one of the following documents:

    • A DD-214 showing an honorable discharge.
    • A DD-215 showing an honorable discharge.
    • An Honorable Discharge form.

    MA Military ID Cards & Renewals

    ID Cards for U.S. Veterans

    There is NO additional fee to have a veteran’s indicator on your Massachusetts ID card. To have your veteran’s status displayed on your Mass ID card, you will also need to bring one of the following documents when you apply for your Mass ID card:

    • A DD-214 showing an honorable discharge.
    • A DD-215 showing an honorable discharge.
    • An Honorable Discharge form.

    Please visit the “Apply for an ID Card” section above and follow the steps listed to apply for a MA ID card.

    Mass ID Card Renewal for Military Members

    You are NOT required to renew your Massachusetts ID card if you’re currently serving in the military and stationed out of state. However, the MA RMV requires your dependents to renew.

    If you wish to renew your Mass ID card before retuning to Massachusetts, you may apply for a non-photo ID card. You will need:

    Send the above documents to:

    Driver Licensing
    Registry of Motor Vehicles
    P.O. Box 55889
    Boston, MA 02205

    NOTE: You have 60 days to renew your expired Massachusetts ID card once you return after your honorable discharge from military service.

    Replace Your Massachusetts ID/Liquor ID Card

    You may replace your lost or stolen Massachusetts ID card online or by phone if you have the new-style digital photo ID card.

    If you do not have a new-style ID card or you’re replacing your MA Liquor ID, you must visit a MA RMV branch in person.

    Online Replacement

    The Massachusetts RMV website offers an interactive virtual system to determine your eligibility to replace your Mass ID card online. If you qualify, you’ll need to complete a few steps and pay the $25 fee. See the “MA Identification Card Fees” section above for accepted payment methods.

    You can generally expect your card to arrive within 10 business days.

    Replacement By Phone

    To replace your Mass ID card by phone, contact the RMV Telephone Center and have your credit card available to pay the $25 replacement Mass ID card fee.

    In-Person Replacement

    To replace your Mass ID card in person, visit a Massachusetts RMV branch office and:

    • Complete, print and sign the duplicate Mass ID online application form.
      • The application form will tell you which documents you need to bring.
    • Pay the $25 replacement fee. See the “MA Identification Card Fees” section above for accepted payment methods.

    ID Card Replacement for Out-of-State MA Residents

    If you have the new digital photo Mass ID card, you may be eligible to replace your lost or stolen MA ID card by phone or online while out of state.

    For more information on how to apply for a duplicate ID while outside of Massachusetts, refer above to the “Replace Your Massachusetts ID/Liquor ID Card: Online” section.

    For more information, visit our "Replacing a Lost License in Massachusetts” page.

    Changing Your MA ID Card Name or Address

    Changing Your Name in Massachusetts

    You must visit your local RMV branch office to complete your name change. You cannot change your name on your MA ID card online or by mail.

    First, you’ll need to change your name with the Social Security Administration (SSA), as the RMV will verify your SSN to confirm your name change with the SSA.

    You will need to bring with you to a MA RMV branch office:

    • A completed Class D, M, or D/M License and ID Card Application.
    • Your updated Social Security card.
    • Payment for the $25 duplicate Mass ID card fee. See the “MA Identification Card Fees” section above for accepted payment methods.

    Changing Your Address in MA

    You may notify the MA RMV of your new address online, in person, by phone, or by mail.

    NOTE: Notifying the MA RMV of your change of address will change your records with the MA RMV only. If you would like a replacement Mass ID card showing your new address, you will need to apply for a replacement. See the “Replace Your Massachusetts ID/Liquor ID Card” section above for more information.

    Online

    To change your MA address online, visit the MA RMV online change of address system.

    You will need to provide your:

    • Mass ID card number.
    • Date of birth.
    • Full name.
    • Last 4 digits of your Social Security number.

    In Person

    To change your MA address in person, bring a completed Change of Address form to your local RMV branch office.

    By Phone

    You may change your address by calling the Massachusetts RMV at (857) 368-8000.

    By Mail

    To change your address by mail in Massachusetts, complete the Change of Address form and send it to:

    RMV
    Attn: Address Change
    P.O. Box 55889
    Boston, MA 02205

    For more information, view our page about changing your address in Massachusetts.