Converting a Foreign License

License and ID


A holder of a driver license from a country listed in Appendix A of the Driver's Manual is not entitled to convert that license to a Massachusetts license while still a visitor to Massachusetts. Only a resident of this state can obtain a Massachusetts driver license. If a former visitor believes he/she has become a resident, that person may apply to take a learner’s permit exam and a road test to obtain a Massachusetts driver license. A limited number of countries have entered into reciprocal arrangements with Massachusetts to allow former licensed residents of one of the countries below to convert their valid license on becoming a resident in Massachusetts without the need for a written or road test.

  • Canada, Mexico or the US Territories
  • Republic of Korea
  • Federal Republic of Germany
  • Republic of France
  • Taiwan

While you may drive in the United States with your valid foreign license from one of the countries listed in Appendix A of the Driver's Manual for up to one year from the date you entered the country as a visitor, you must still apply for a Massachusetts license when you establish residency in the Commonwealth.


Any person who is at least 16 years of age and has not had a driver's license or right to operate taken away by the Registrar may apply for a Class D (passenger) permit at any RMV Full Service Center.

For learner's permit exam and road test requirements, see the Obtaining a Class D Permit and License page.

How to

Complete an online application to apply for a learner's permit. You may also download the Class D, M, or D/M License and ID Card Application.

Bring the completed form, appropriate fees and required documentation to any RMV Full Service Center.


Conversion fees for out-of-state/foreign licenses can be found on our Fee Chart.

More Info

An International Driving Permit cannot be converted to a Massachusetts Driver's License. An International Driving Permit does not confer any driving privileges but is a translation into ten major languages of the relevant information contained on the driver's home country license.

Caution: The Registrar and law enforcement agencies know that individuals or organizations have sold fraudulent documents as "International Driver Licenses" or "International Driving Permits." The Registrar does not recognize as valid any document purporting to be an "International Driver License" or any other document that confers driving privileges unless issued by the government agency that issues such licenses in the driver's country of residence and the driver is validly licensed. A person operating a motor vehicle with a fraudulent Massachusetts license is subject to arrest pursuant to MGL c. 90, §10.

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