Driver's License/Additional Identification Card
An example of a Massachusetts driver's license. (Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles)
State of Massachusetts
In order to get a Massachusetts Driver's license, you must pass a written
test (available in both English and Spanish), a road test and an eye
screening for field vision and basic colors. There is a separate fee
for each test.
The first step is to prepare for your written test by studying the Driver's
Manual that is available at the Registry of Motor Vehicles Office (RMV)
or the RMV website http://www.state.ma.us/rmv/dmanual.
After you pass the written and vision test you receive a Permit that
will allow you to operate a vehicle when accompanied by a licensed operator.
Permits expire two (2) years from the date of issue. Once you have passed
your written permit test, you can schedule your road test. All road
tests must be scheduled by the Phone center. The automated phone system
number is (866)-627-7768. You may not schedule a road test appointment
in person. You will receive your Massachusetts Driver's License once
you pass the road test.
Identification Requirements and Acceptable Documents
In the state of Massachusetts, you must have a valid Social Security
number to apply for any permit, license, or ID. If you do not have a
valid Social Security number, you must obtain a written denial notice
from the Social Security Administration (with an acceptable visa code),
explaining why you can't be issued a Social Security number. In addition,
you will be required to present three (3) pieces of identification that
establish date of birth, signature and Massachusetts residency. All
documents must be originals. A list of acceptable documents can be located
in the Driver's Manual or at http://www.state.ma.us/rmv/dmanual.
You may drive a private passenger vehicle for up to one (1) year from
the date you arrive in the United States if you have a driver's license
issued by your home country and if your home country is recognized under
one of the conventions, or the Registrar has granted driving privileges
to residents from your country, (refer to Appendix C in the Driver's
Manual for the list of countries/territories). Once you have established
Massachusetts' residency, you must obtain a Massachusetts driver's license.
If you are younger than 18 years of age, be sure to read the special
regulations that affect to you.
State of Massachusetts Identification Card
If you do not need a driver's license, but do require an additional
form of identification, you can obtain a State of Massachusetts Identification
(ID) card at and full service Registry of Motor Vehicle (RMV) Office
- You must be
at least 16 years of age.
- You may not
hold a valid license in any state.
- You must have
a valid social security number or an acceptable denial letter from
the Social Security Administration.
- You must be
a resident of Massachusetts.
For further details
and a list of acceptable documents, please refer to the RMV website
Last updated: February 25, 2013