What Does Massachusetts’ RMV Do?

The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) handles all services for drivers in the state, including driver licensing and ID card applications and renewals; vehicle titles, registrations, and renewals; and driving records. Boat and watercraft registration is handled by the Boat and Recreation Vehicle Registration and Titling Bureau.

When you move to Massachusetts, you must exchange your driver’s license and apply for a vehicle registration immediately after establishing residency in the state—there is no grace period. Within 7 days of registering your vehicle, you must then have a vehicle inspection performed at an approved inspection location.

The RMV also has specific information geared toward its military residents and non-residents, in order to accommodate the unique circumstances that military service brings. Non-residents stationed in Massachusetts are not required to get a MA license or registration while serving in the state.

Online and Third-Party Services

The Massachusetts RMV offers several online services including:

  • Reservation scheduling
  • Driver’s permit and license applications
  • Driver license/ID card renewal
  • Title and registration applications
  • Registration renewals
  • Registration cancellation
  • Registrations status checks
  • Replacement titles/registrations
  • Specialty/personalized plate orders
  • Plate replacements
  • Disability placards
  • Address updates
  • Driving records
  • Organ donor registration

You can access many licensing and vehicle forms online. You can also access the Massachusetts Driver Manual online, in addition to the Motorcycle and Commercial driver handbooks. Looking to study for your license exam? The MA RMV offers an online practice test to give you the extra prep you need.

The RMV also partners with third-party servicers to handle tasks such as title and tag services, driver education, motorcycle education and training, and emissions inspections.

Contact Information

Registry of Motor Vehicles

PO Box 55889

Boston, MA 02205


  • (800) 858-3926
  • Outside Massachusetts OR from area codes 339, 617, 781, or 857: (857) 368-8000

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