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Massachusetts has become the 17th state to permit immigrants without legal status to apply for a driver’s license beginning July 1, 2023.

Last-reviewed: 9am, June 23, 2022

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The Basics

The Breakdown

  • The RMV continues to dedicate Wednesdays to customers 65 years of age or older at certain RMV service centers. Seniors can make an appointment on the RMV website.
  • 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.
  • Beginning on May 3, 2023, every air traveler 18 years of age or older will need a REAL ID, or another TSA-approved form of identification for domestic air travel and to enter federal property.
  • Transactions that cannot be completed on the RMV website require an appointment. Appointments can be made on the RMV website.
  • 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 MA legislature has voted to override Governor Baker’s veto of a bill (H.4805) that would allow immigrants without legal status to apply for and receive a standard driver’s license if they show documents proving their identity, date of birth, and MA residency. The new 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.