Converting an Out-of-State License

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If you have recently moved to Massachusetts, you must obtain a valid Massachusetts license upon becoming a resident.

Your out-of-state license must indicate that you hold full driving privileges in that state. An out-of-state license that indicates a limit on the customer’s right to operate, due to drug, alcohol, or habitual traffic offender violations or similar activity may NOT be transferred to a Massachusetts driver's license and you may not be eligible for a Massachusetts license.

The out-of-state license cannot be converted if it states it is a temporary, limited term, or driver privilege only credential. In this case, if the customer meets all other identification requirements, he/she can apply for a written exam and road test in order to be issued a license.

To Convert Your License

Complete an online application to convert your Class D, M, or D/M License. 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.

Requirements

If you are under 18 years of age:

You must be at least 16 years of age to drive in Massachusetts, even if you hold a valid driver's license from another state.

  1. You must be 16 and 1/2 to obtain a Massachusetts driver's license. Refer to our Junior Operator Licensing section for complete details.
  2. You must present the following:
    • Out-of-state License. If your out-of-state License DOES NOT have a photo, you must present acceptable photo ID from the list of Acceptable Identification Documents.

      Note: If you do not have your out-of-state License to surrender, you must provide a photo ID from the Acceptable Identification Documents List.
    • 1 document proving date of birth
    • Parental consent on the Class D, M, or D/M License and ID Card Application
    • A certified driving record not more than 30 days old from the state where you currently hold your License
    • A Social Security Number (SSN) that the RMV can verify with the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) as having been issued to you OR an acceptable Denial Notice from the SSA. If you present a Denial Notice, you must also present proof of acceptable visa status, an I-94 (Record of Arrival and Departure), and a current non-U.S. Passport.
      Any visa must indicate an authorized stay in the U.S. of at least 12 months to be eligible for a learner's permit, driver's license, or Mass ID card.
  3. You must convert your Driver's Education certificate or complete Driver's Education in Massachusetts.

    All documents must be originals. Photocopies will not be accepted. You must also clear a check through the National Driver Register and pay the required fees.

If you are 18 years of age or older:

You must provide the RMV with your current out-of-state photo License and proof of your current Massachusetts residency.

  1. You must present the following:
    • Out-of-state License. If your out-of-state License DOES NOT have a photo, you must present acceptable photo ID from the Acceptable Identification Documents List.

      Note: If you do not have your out-of-state License to surrender, you must provide a photo ID from the Acceptable Identification Documents list of identification AND a certified driving record not more than 30 days old from the state where you currently hold your License..
    • Document proving date of birth
    • Document proving signature
    • Document proving Massachusetts residency
    • Note: An out-of-state License presented as one of the ID documents can be used document to confirm signature OR date of birth. It CANNOT be used to confirm both.
    • A Social Security Number (SSN) that the RMV can verify with the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) as having been issued to you OR an acceptable Denial Notice from the SSA. If you present a Denial Notice, you must also present proof of acceptable visa status, an I-94 (Record of Arrival and Departure), and a current non-U.S. Passport.

    All documents must be originals. Photocopies will not be accepted. You must also clear a check through the National Driver Register and pay the required fees.

    If you have a previous Massachusetts License that expired four or more years ago, you are required to show all of the identification listed above.

  2. If you have a license from Canada, Mexico, or US Territory ( including Puerto Rico), you must present a driving record not more than 30 days old.

Previous MA License Expired Less Than 4 Years

You must provide the RMV with your current out-of-state photo License and proof of your current Massachusetts residency.

  1. You must present the following:
    • Out-of-state License. If your out-of-state License DOES NOT have a photo, you must present an acceptable photo ID from the Acceptable Identification Documents List.

      Note: If you do not have your out-of-state License to surrender, you must provide a Photo ID from the Acceptable Identification Documents List of identification AND a certified driving record not more than 30 days old from the state where you currently hold your License.
    • Document proving Massachusetts residency
    • A Social Security Number (SSN) that the RMV can verify with the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) as having been issued to you OR an acceptable Denial Notice from the SSA. If you present a Denial Notice, you must also present proof of acceptable visa status, an I-94 (Record of Arrival and Departure), and a current non-U.S. Passport.
  2. A customer with a License from Canada, Mexico, or U.S. territory (including Puerto Rico), must present a driving record not more than 30 days old in addition to the ID required above.

All documents must be originals. Photocopies will not be accepted. You must also clear a check through the National Driver Register and pay the required fees.

If you have a previous Massachusetts License that expired four or more years ago, you are required to show all of the identification listed in the section 18 Years or Older.

Please note that if you fail the written permit exam, you must present the required sources of identification documentation the next time you apply for a permit. Please refer to the list of identification requirements to ensure that you bring the necessary documents with you.

Fees

Conversion fees for out-of-state licenses can be found on our fee chart.

Testing Requirements

If your out-of-state license has been expired for more than one (1) year but less than four (4), you will be required to take a written test for the class license you are trying to transfer. If your license has been expired more than four (4) years, a full test - written and road - plus an eye test will be required.





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