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Starting July 1, 2023 eligible Massachusetts residents can obtain a Standard (Class D or M) driver’s license, regardless of immigration status.

Last-reviewed: 9am, May 26, 2023

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The Basics

  • Over 40 RMV services are available through the Online Service Center or at AAA locations by 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.

The Breakdown

  • Under the Work and Family Mobility Act, eligible Massachusetts residents will be able to obtain a Standard (Class D or M) drivers license, regardless of immigration status starting July 1, 2023. Visit the RMV website for more information.
  • 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.
  • The deadline for REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses or IDs has been extended until May 7, 2025. 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.

The Bottom Line

  • Visit the RMV website for additional information regarding registration and other licensing requirements.