Acceptable Forms of Identification and Proof of Massachusetts Residence

License and ID

You must produce at least four documents to apply for a permit, license, or ID. These documents will be used to confirm your identity, date of birth, Massachusetts residence, and signature.

Three identification documents must be from the List of Acceptable Forms of Identification and must be satisfactory to the Registrar.

The RMV requires you to provide the required identification for each different type of document you apply for even if you already have a Massachusetts ID, Liquor ID, or License.

The required documents include:

  • Your Social Security Card or a current US or non-US Passport
  • A document proving your date of birth
  • A document proving you are a resident of Massachusetts
  • A pre-existing document containing your signature

In addition to the documents listed above, you must also provide your Social Security Number (SSN) or an acceptable alternative document (known as a "Denial Notice"). If you do not have an SSN, you must apply for an SSN at the Social Security Administration. The Denial Notice is issued by the US Social Security Administration and explains why you cannot obtain a Social Security Number. The Denial Notice, with an acceptable visa code, must be no more than 60 days old. If you present a Denial Notice, you must also present proof of your current visa status. When you present your Social Security Number, the RMV will attempt to verify the number online with the Social Security Administration. The RMV cannot issue a permit, license, or ID if an SSN does not verify.

All documents must be originals unless otherwise indicated. Photocopies will not be accepted.