Renewing Your License in Massachusetts

Renewing Your Driver's License in Massachusetts

Before your Massachusetts driver's license expires, you need to renew it through the MA Department of Transportation (DOT) Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV).

You cannot drive in Massachusetts without a valid driver's license. On this page you'll find information on how to renew your driver's license in person and online.

When to Renew Your MA Driver License

Your Massachusetts drivers license is valid for 5 years at a time and expires on your birthday.

The MA RMV will mail you a renewal postcard to remind you before your driver's license expires, but it's still important to keep track of the expiration date on your MA driver's license yourself.

Your renewal eligibility and requirements differ based on whether your license is currently:

  • Valid.
  • Expired.
  • Suspended.
  • Lost, damaged, or stolen.

Whether you renew your license in person or online, you will receive a temporary drivers license that is valid for 30 days to use until you receive your new card in the mail. If you haven't received your license, you can check the status of your renewal by contacting the Massachusetts RMV.

Valid Driver's License

If your Massachusetts driver license is valid, you can renew it:

  • Up to 1 year before it expires.
  • Within 4 years after it expires.

You can renew it in person or online. You cannot renew your Massachusetts driver's license by mail.

NOTE: If you have any outstanding Massachusetts RMV fees, tickets, violations, or child support payments, you cannot renew your MA driver's license until you pay them.

If you renew your MA drivers license before your 21st birthday, you will receive a vertical card that displays the words “Under 21."

Expired Driver License

If your MA driver's license has been expired for less than 4 years, you can still renew it as per normal.

If it has been expired for 4 years or longer, you cannot renew it. You will need to show the same information you would need if you were applying for a new license.

For more information, please see our page on applying for an adult (age 18+) license or applying for a teen license.

Suspended Driver's License

If your MA driver license is suspended, you'll need to pay a reinstatement fee before you can renew with the Massachusetts RMV.

Depending on the type of suspension and offense, fees can range from $50 to $1,200.

For more information, please see our page on Suspended Licenses in Massachusetts.

Lost, Stolen, or Damaged Driver License

If your MA drivers license is lost, stolen, or damaged, you can still renew it online if you have your driver's license number.

You can renew in person at a MA Registry of Motor Vehicles office if your digital image is on file.

If you need to request a replacement driver license, please see our guide to Replacing a Lost License in Massachusetts.

NOTE: Do NOT drive in Massachusetts without a valid driver's license.

Renew Your MA Driver's License

Online Renewal

Even if you are not eligible for an online renewal (see below), you can still begin your renewal online. You'll be able to complete your application and print a list of required documents to bring to your local MA Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) office to complete your renewal.

You are eligible to renew your MA drivers license online if you:

  • Are under 75 years old.
  • Don't have outstanding fees/violations.

To renew your MA driver license online, visit the Massachusetts RMV Online Services website and:

  • Indicate the class of your license.
    • Only Class D, M and D/M can be renewed online.
  • Provide your:
    • Full name.
    • MA driver license number.
    • Social Security number (SSN).
    • Birth date.
    • E-mail address.
  • Provide payment for the renewal fee (see the “Fees to Renew Your MA Driver License" section below).

Your renewed MA driver's license will be mailed to you.

In-Person Renewal

To renew your MA driver's license in person, visit your local Massachusetts RMV office and bring:

  • A completed Class D, M, or D/M License and ID Card Application (Form T21042).
  • Your current MA driver's license.
  • Your Social Security number.
    A denial notice from the Social Security Administration, your non-U.S. passport, and I-94 card or number.
  • Payment for the renewal fee (see the “Fees to Renew Your MA Driver License" section below).

Your renewed Massachusetts driver's license will be mailed to you.

NOTE: MA drivers 75 years old and older are required to renew in person. You will be required to either pass a vision test or bring in a completed Class D and M Vision Screening Certificate (Form T20750).

MA Military Member Renewal Exemptions

Notice for Military Members Stationed in Germany

If you are currently stationed in Germany, please be aware that some states require you to have a valid U.S. driver's license in addition to your USAREUR license. Read our article for more information.

If you are an active-duty military member returning to Massachusetts, you have 60 days after you are honorably discharged to renew your expired driver's license. This does NOT apply to your dependents, who MUST keep their driver's license current and may renew online.

To renew your Massachusetts driver license while on active duty and out of state, you will need:

Send the above to:

Driver Licensing
Registry of Motor Vehicles
PO Box 55889
Boston, MA 02205

You will be mailed a non-photo Massachusetts driver license to use until you can renew when you return to Massachusetts.

Veteran Designation

If you've been honorably discharged from the military, you can request a “Veteran's Indicator" to be printed on your Massachusetts driver's license during your renewal.

There are no additional fees for a veteran's indication.

You'll need to renew your Massachusetts driver's license in person (see the “In-Person Driver License Renewal" section above) and:

  • Mark the veteran's indicator box on your renewal application form.
  • Bring proof of your honorable discharge, such as your:
    • DD-214.
    • DD-215
    • Honorable discharge form.

Your new MA driver's license will include the word “Veteran."

Fees to Renew Your MA Driver License

It will cost you the following fees to renew your driver license in Massachusetts:

  • Class D or M: $50.
  • Motorcycle endorsement: additional $15.

Accepted Payment Methods

MA RMV offices accept payment by:

  • Cash.
  • Check or money order made payable to “MassDOT."
  • Credit/debit card.

For online applications, payment must be made by credit/debit card only.

For mailed-in applications, payment must be made by check payable to “MassDOT."



RMV application for an original, renewal, replacement OR corrected Class D driver's license, Class M license, learner's permit, OR MA state ID card.


Eye exam form to be submitted to the MA Registry of Motor Vehicles when applying for a Class D OR Class M license. Must be completed by a professional eye doctor.

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