Suspensions & Hearings

Pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 26 Section 8A, any decision by the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) may be appealed to the Board of Appeal on Motor Vehicle Liability Policies and Bonds or, otherwise termed, the Board of Appeals. An operator should only appeal after he/she has been denied reinstatement or early relief by the Registrar. Filing for an appeal will not stay a suspension/revocation.

Filing an Appeal

To file an appeal with the Board of Appeals, an operator must complete an Appeal of a Ruling/Decision of the Registrar of Motor Vehicles form and mail it with the applicable fee payment to the Division of Insurance.

Division of Insurance
1000 Washington St, Suite 810
Boston, MA 02118-6200

Hearings are scheduled in the order in which the appeal forms are received and according to the length of the suspension/revocation. There are no exceptions in order to be fair to all those filing appeals.

Note the following instances where an appeal would be filed elsewhere other than with the Board of Appeals:

  • License suspensions/revocations due to non-payment of child support must be appealed to the court where the child support order was issued
  • Appeals of civil motor vehicle convictions (i.e., findings of "responsible") are available only through the court system. Operators should contact their specific court.
  • License suspensions/revocations for chemical test refusals must be appealed directly to the court where the operator’s operating under the influence case is being heard. The operator has thirty (30) days from the date of the RMV decision to file such an appeal with the court. The operator must have appeared for an RMV hearing and cannot appear directly in the court.
    Refer to the Chemical Test Refusal Hearings section for more information

For more information on the appeal process (including the appeal fee amount), please refer to the Division of Insurance website.