Government Identification

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New RMV regulations regarding the Work and Family Mobility Act require a SSN or a denial letter from the SSA.

Last-reviewed: 9am, Jan. 17, 2023

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The Basics

  • New requirements regarding the Work and Family Mobility Act.
  • Over 40 RMV services are available through the Online Service Center or at AAA locations by appointment.
  • Massachusetts voters have upheld the Work and Family Mobility Act, a new law allowing people without legal status to apply for and receive a standard driver’s license.
  • The deadline for REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses or IDs has been extended until May 7, 2025
  • Effective January 1, 2023, the VOTES ACT requires the RMV to remove the “opt out” for voting line from the driver licensing application. More information on Automatic Voter Registration here.

The Breakdown

  • The Work and Family Mobility Act is in the implementation phase and the RMV regulations are no final. Anyone applying for a standard license is required to provide a SSN or a denial letter from the SSA. Read the RMV regulations here.
  • The RMV continues to dedicate Wednesday mornings between 9:00a – 10:00a to customers 65 years of age or older at certain RMV service centers. Seniors can make an appointment on the RMV website and walk-in services are only available for customers over 65 during this time.
  • Standard MA Driver’s Licenses and ID Card renewals that were made through the Online Service Center between June 12, 2020 and June 15, 2021 are eligible for an updated REAL ID at no additional charge.
  • Due to the lingering impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Homeland Security announced that the deadline for REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses or IDs has been extended until May 7, 2025. The REAL ID Act, passed in 2005, establishes minimum security standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards. Beginning May 7, 2025, people 18 years old and older will need a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or ID to fly anywhere within the US. Learn more here.
  • Transactions that cannot be completed on the RMV website may require an appointment. Appointments can be made on the RMV website or check the website to see what transactions can be performed without an appointment.
  • If your driver’s license, learner’s permit, or ID has expired, you must renew it. Driving without a license – including an expired, suspended, or revoked license – is a criminal offense in MA. Online renewal through the RMV Online Service Center may be available to people who are eligible. Massachusetts law requires drivers who are 75 or older to renew in person.
  • Massachusetts voters have upheld the Work and Family Mobility Act, a new law allowing people without legal status to apply for and receive a standard driver’s license. The law will permit undocumented noncitizens to apply for a driver’s license beginning July 1, 2023.

The Bottom Line

  • Visit the RMV website for additional information regarding registration and other licensing requirements.
  • REAL IDs are not required for domestic travel until May 7, 2025.