Renew your driver's license

Everyone needs a valid driver’s license to drive on Massachusetts’ main streets and back roads. Learn how to renew your driver's license before it expires.

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Overview

Your Massachusetts driver’s license is valid for 5 years and your photo is valid for 10 years. Your driver's license expires on your birthday, but you can renew it up to 1 year before it expires.

Eligibility

You can’t renew your driver’s license if:

  • Your driver’s license is suspended or revoked
  • You have unpaid parking tickets, excise tax, or EZPass violations

See More info below to check your license status and learn how to resolve outstanding obligations.

Fees

See the RMV Schedule of Fees for a complete list of license fees.

How to

There are two ways to renew your driver’s license.

To renew your license online you will need to provide your:

  • Driver’s license number
  • Last 4 digits of your Social Security number

Turning 21 soon? You may want to wait to renew until your birthday. See More info below.

The easiest and quickest way to renew your license is online.

The RMV will send your new driver’s license to the mailing address on record for you in 5-7 days. You will be able to review and change your address if necessary during the application process.

Bring your completed application and payment for the required fee to an RMV Service Center. Most service centers accept cash, check, money order, and credit or debit cards. Since payment methods vary by location, check what’s accepted at the site you will be visiting.

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Unpaid fines or taxes

You can check the status of your driver’s license to find out if you have unpaid fines or excise taxes that will prevent you from renewing your driver's license. You will need to pay any outstanding obligations before renewing your license.

  • Parking tickets or excise taxes — Pay the tickets or taxes, and get a receipt from the city or town showing the items have been paid.
  • EZ-Pass MA — Call customer service at (877) 627-7745 to pay your violations.

Turning 21?

If you renew your driver's license before your 21st birthday, you will receive a vertical license with the words "Under 21" printed on it. That license will be good for 5 years. However, if you renew your license on or after your 21st birthday, you will receive a standard horizontal license without "Under 21" printed on it.

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