Replacing a Lost CDL in Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) determines how you should apply for your duplicate commercial driver's license via an interactive questionnaire. Once you complete the questionnaire, the RMV will instruct you on whether you can apply online or must apply in person.

Remember, it's illegal to operate a commercial truck or any commercial vehicle without the required CDL on hand. Also, for your identity protection, it's a good idea to report your lost CDL to the appropriate local and state agencies.

MA Duplicate CDL by Questionnaire

The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) determines your application process (i.e. online or in person) once you complete the state's interactive questionnaire.

Before you begin, make sure you can provide:

  • Your full name.
  • Your date of birth.
  • Your Social Security number.
  • An accepted form of payment.
    • This applies if you're eligible to apply for a replacement CDL online. Currently, the MA RMV accepts the following credit cards: MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express.

Keep reading for what to expect depending on your eligibility or requirements.


As you complete the questionnaire, the MA RMV will determine whether you can continue to apply for your duplicate CDL online.

If so, the system will ask additional questions related to the online application process and you'll complete the application by paying the applicable fee. Generally, the RMV charges a $25 fee for replacement licenses, but you might pay more depending on your CDL type and endorsements.

In Person

If you're not eligible to apply online and must apply in person, the system will ask another set of additional questions.

Once you've answered those questions, you can download and print your application as well as a list of required documents. Sign the application and bring it, the documents, and the applicable fee to your local RMV office. An RMV agent will direct you from there.

Outstanding MA CDL Obligations

The questionnaire will inform you if you have any outstanding obligations and provide you a list of:

  • Those obligations.
  • How to resolve them.

You can't receive a replacement CDL until you resolve those obligations; once they're handled, you can head to your local RMV office.

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