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Massachusetts Driver’s License

On March 26, 2018, The Massachusetts Register of Motor Vehicles changed the process to obtain or renew any driver’s license, ID card, or learner’s permit. From now on, you will need to present documentation showing U.S. citizenship or lawful presence as required by federal and -state law. For additional information and instructions on the new process, please visit The Massachusetts Register of Motor Vehicles website.

 

Eligibility

In order to be eligible for any of the State Issued IDs, the program length listed on your I-20 or your DS-2019 must be at least 12 months in length. See below for more details on how to determine if your current I-20 or DS-2019 meets the State Issued ID eligibility requirements:

Please note that your I-20 or DS-2019 must be valid for at least 30 days from the day you submit an application to the RMV.

Reminder – Your license or ID will expire when your legal stay is over.

 

How to obtain a Massachusetts Driver’s License

In order to obtain a Massachusetts driver’s license, you first must go to a Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) office and obtain a learner’s permit by taking a written test. Later on, you will need to take a road test to obtain the actual license. For more information click here.

The following documents are required:

  • Proof of visa status (I-20 or DS-2019)
  • Copy of most recent I-94
  • Social Security Number or Denial Letter
  • Proof of date of birth
  • Proof of Massachusetts residency
  • Proof of signature
  • Completed application
  • Payment

To see what documents are acceptable for each category, please click here.

Driver’s Licenses are valid for the length of the I-20 or DS-2019 or 5 years, whichever is shorter.

 

Renewing your Massachusetts’s Driver’s License

Renewals of a Massachusetts Driver’s License can be done online or in person at a RMV office. For information about this process, please visit the RMV webpage.

Please note that if you have a license that is valid for less than 5 years, you will need to renew your license in person at a RMV office.

Massachusetts ID Card

In order to apply for a Massachusetts ID card, you must apply in person at a RMV office. Please note that the 12-month immigration document rule does not apply, for more information click here.

Eligibility

  • Must be at least 14 years old
  • Can not hold a valid license in any jurisdiction
  • Must be a resident of Massachusetts

How to obtain a Massachusetts ID Card

  • Proof of visa status (I-20 or DS-2019)
  • Copy of most recent I-94
  • Social Security Number or Denial Letter
  • Proof of date of birth
  • Proof of Massachusetts residency
  • Proof of signature
  • Completed application
  • Payment

To see what documents are acceptable for each category, please click here.

Please note that you will be given a temporary Mass ID, valid for 30 days, at the service center, and a permanent Mass ID will be mailed to you within 5–7 days. For further information, please click here.

Please be advised that by law, it is under the discretion of restaurants, bars, etc. to accept Massachusetts ID cards as proof of age. For more information please click here.

Liquor ID

In order to apply for a Liquor ID, you must apply in person at a RMV office. Please note that the 12-month immigration document rule does not apply, for more information click here.

Eligibility

  • Must be over 21 years old
  • Cannot hold a valid Massachusetts driver license

How to obtain a Liquor ID

  • Proof of visa status (I-20 or DS-2019)
  • Copy of most recent I-94
  • Social Security Number or Denial Letter
  • Proof of date of birth
  • Proof of signature
  • Completed application
  • Payment

To see what documents are acceptable for each category, please click here.

Please note that you will be given a temporary Liquor ID, valid for 30 days, at the service center, and a permanent Mass ID will be mailed to you within 5–7 days. For more information please click here.

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