FAQs - Section 5

FAQs about General Registrations and General Registration Plates

Dealer Renewals

  1. What documentation is required for my Dealer plate renewal?
  2. What do I do if I wish to change my business address at renewal time?
  3. What information is required if I am changing my business name and I am incorporated?
  4. What information is required if I am changing my business name and I am a sole proprietor?
  5. What information is required if I wish to reduce the number of Dealer plates I currently have?

Farmer Renewals

  1. What documentation is required for my Farm plate renewal?
  2. What do I do if I wish to change my business address at renewal time?
  3. What information is required if I am changing my business name and I am incorporated?
  4. What information is required if I am changing my business name and I am a sole proprietor?
  5. What information is required if I wish to reduce the number of Farm plates I currently have?

Owner Contractor Renewals

  1. What documentation is required for my Owner Contractor Plate renewal?
  2. What do I do if I did not receive my Compliance Letter?
  3. What do I do if I wish to change my business address at renewal time?
  4. What information is required if I am changing my business name and I am incorporated?
  5. What information is required if I am changing my business name and I am a sole proprietor?
  6. What information is required if I wish to reduce the number of Owner Contractor plates I currently have?

Repair Renewals

  1. What documentation is required for my Repair plate renewal?
  2. What do I do if I wish to change my business address at renewal time?
  3. What information is required if I am changing my business name and I am incorporated?
  4. What information is required if I am changing my business name and I am a sole proprietor?
  5. What information is required if I wish to reduce the number of Repair plates I currently have?

Transporter Renewals

  1. What documentation is required for my Transporter plate renewal?
  2. What do I do if I wish to change my business address at renewal time?
  3. What information is required if I am changing my business name and I am incorporated?
  4. What information is required if I am changing my business name and I am a sole proprietor?
  5. What information is required if I wish to reduce the number of Transporter plates I currently have?

General Information

The RMV is often asked questions about Dealer, Repair, Farm, and other types of General Registration Plates. The questions usually relate to who can use the plates and whether the people that use them get special exemptions from taxes or registration fees. Here are some typical Questions and Answers which may be helpful. The questions and answers were prepared by the Legal Counsel's Office of the RMV to provide information of interest to general registration holders, law enforcement officers, insurance agents, members of the public and RMV employees. The responses in the FAQs below are based upon a careful reading of the statutes and regulations and the inferences to be drawn from them.

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Dealer Renewals

  1. What documentation is required for my Dealer plate renewal?

    In order to process your application for renewal, the following documents are required:
    • Renewal Card stamped by your Insurance Agent and signed (front and back) by the Registrant.
    • Valid, current year Dealer License. This is issued from your city or town.
    • Check or money order made out to Registry of Motor Vehicles.

  2. What do I do if I wish to change my business address at renewal time?

    If your business has relocated please complete the Name/Address Change Request Form. Please fax or mail the completed form with all supporting documents to the Section 5 Department.


  3. What information is required if I am changing my business name and I am incorporated?

    If your business is incorporated, contact the Secretary of State's Office for an updated copy of your Articles of Organization. You will also be required to submit an updated Dealer's License and proof of your Federal Tax Id Number (FID). Please fax a letter and a copy of your new Dealer's License and Proof of FID number to 857-368-0824. The letter must include an explanation of your intentions. Please include your registration number and contact information.


  4. What information is required if I am changing my business name and I am a sole proprietor?

    If you are a sole proprietor and you are changing your business name, you first need to contact your city or town for an updated Dealer License and Certificate of Business. Please fax a letter of your intention and a copy of your new Dealer's License, Certificate of Business, and proof of your Federal Tax Id Number (FID) to 857-368-0824. Please include your registration number and contact information on the letter.


  5. What information is required if I wish to reduce the number of Dealer plates I currently have?

    If you wish to reduce the number of Dealer plates you currently have, simply return the unwanted plates to your local RMV Branch Office or Quincy Headquarters. You will receive a Plate Return Receipt. Please submit a copy of the receipt to the Section 5 Division so your Renewal Application can be adjusted and re-issued. You can submit the receipt in person at 25 Newport Avenue Extension, Quincy or by mail to PO Box 55897, Boston, MA 02205.

Farmer Renewals

  1. What documentation is required for my Farm plate renewal?

    In order to process your application for renewal, the following documents are required:
    • Renewal Card stamped by your Insurance Agent and signed (front and back) by the Registrant.
    • Signed and dated Compliance Letter. This letter is generated by the Section 5 Division and lists all vehicles currently approved for use with the Farm plate. This letter is mailed to you a few days prior to the renewal card.
    • Check or money order made out to Registry of Motor Vehicles.

  2. What do I do if I wish to change my business address at renewal time?

    If your business has relocated please complete the Name/Address Change Request Form. Please fax or mail the completed form with all supporting documents to the Section 5 Department.


  3. What information is required if I am changing my business name and I am incorporated?

    If your business is incorporated, contact the Secretary of State's Office for an updated copy of your Articles of Organization. You will also be required to submit an updated Certificate of Business and proof of your Federal Tax Id Number (FID). Please fax a letter you updated copy of your Articles of Organization, a copy of your new Certificate of Business and Proof of FID number to 857-368-0824. The letter must include an explanation of your intentions. Please include your registration number and contact information.


  4. What information is required if I am changing my business name and I am a sole proprietor?

    If you are a sole proprietor and you are changing your business name, you first need to contact your city or town for an updated Certificate of Business. Please fax a letter of your intention and a copy of your new Certificate of Business, and proof of your Federal Tax Id Number (FID) to 857-368-0824. Please include your registration number and contact information on the letter.


  5. What information is required if I wish to reduce the number of Farm plates I currently have?

    If you wish to reduce the number of Farm plates you currently have, simply return the unwanted plates to your local RMV Branch Office or Quincy Headquarters. You will receive a Plate Return Receipt. Please submit a copy of the receipt to the Section 5 Division so your Renewal Application can be adjusted and re-issued. You can submit the receipt in person at 25 Newport Avenue Extension, Quincy or by mail to PO Box 55897, Boston, MA 02205.


Owner Contractor Renewals

  1. What documentation is required for my Owner Contractor Plate renewal?

    In order to process your application for renewal, the following documents are required:
    • Renewal Card stamped by your Insurance Agent and signed (front and back) by the Registrant.
    • Signed and dated Compliance Letter. This letter is generated by the Section 5 Division and lists all vehicles currently approved for use with your Owner Contractor Plate. This letter is mailed to you a few days prior to the renewal card.
    • Check or money order made out to Registry of Motor Vehicles.

  2. What do I do if I did not receive my Compliance Letter?

    If you did not receive a Compliance Letter a few days prior to receiving your Renewal Card, please contact Section 5 at 857-368-8030.


  3. What do I do if I wish to change my business address at renewal time?

    If your business has relocated please complete the Name/Address Change Request Form. Please fax or mail the completed form with all supporting documents to the Section 5 Department.


  4. What information is required if I am changing my business name and I am incorporated?

    If your business is incorporated, contact the Secretary of State's Office for an updated copy of your Articles of Organization. You will also be required to submit an updated Certificate of Business and proof of your Federal Tax Id Number (FID). Please fax a letter you updated copy of your Articles of Organization, a copy of your new Certificate of Business and Proof of FID number to 857-368-0824. The letter must include an explanation of your intentions. Please include your registration number and contact information.


  5. What information is required if I am changing my business name and I am a sole proprietor?

    If you are a sole proprietor and you are changing your business name, you first need to contact your city or town for an updated Certificate of Business. Please fax a letter of your intention and a copy of your new Certificate of Business, and proof of your Federal Tax Id Number (FID) to 857-368-0824. Please include your registration number and contact information on the letter.


  6. What information is required if I wish to reduce the number of Owner Contractor plates I currently have?

    If you wish to reduce the number of owner contractor plates you currently have, simply return the unwanted plates to your local RMV Branch Office or Quincy Headquarters. You will receive a Plate Return Receipt. Please submit a copy of the receipt to the Section 5 Division so your Renewal Application can be adjusted and re-issued. You can submit the receipt in person at 25 Newport Avenue Extension, Quincy or by mail to PO Box 55897, Boston, MA 02205.


Repair Renewals

  1. In order to process your application for renewal, the following documents are required:

    In order to process your application for renewal, the following documents are required:
    • Renewal Card stamped by your Insurance Agent and signed (front and back) by the Registrant.
    • Signed and dated Compliance Letter. This letter is generated by the Section 5 Division and lists all vehicles currently approved for use with the Repair plate. This letter is mailed to you a few days prior to the renewal card.
    • Check or money order made out to Registry of Motor Vehicles.

  2. What do I do if I wish to change my business address at renewal time?

    If your business has relocated please complete the Name/Address Change Request Form. Please fax or mail the completed form with all supporting documents to the Section 5 Department.


  3. What information is required if I am changing my business name and I am incorporated?

    If your business is incorporated, contact the Secretary of State's Office for an updated copy of your Articles of Organization. You will also be required to submit an updated Certificate of Business and proof of your Federal Tax Id Number (FID). Please fax a letter you updated copy of your Articles of Organization, a copy of your new Certificate of Business and Proof of FID number to 857-368-0824. The letter must include an explanation of your intentions. Please include your registration number and contact information.


  4. What information is required if I am changing my business name and I am a sole proprietor?

    If you are a sole proprietor and you are changing your business name, you first need to contact your city or town for an updated Certificate of Business. Please fax a letter of your intention and a copy of your new Certificate of Business, and proof of your Federal Tax Id Number (FID) to 857-368-0824. Please include your registration number and contact information on the letter.


  5. What information is required if I wish to reduce the number of Repair plates I currently have?

    If you wish to reduce the number of Repair plates you currently have, simply return the unwanted plates to your local RMV Branch Office or Quincy Headquarters. You will receive a Plate Return Receipt. Please submit a copy of the receipt to the Section 5 Division so your Renewal Application can be adjusted and re-issued. You can submit the receipt in person at 25 Newport Avenue Extension, Quincy or by mail to PO Box 55897, Boston, MA 02205.


Transporter Renewals

  1. What documentation is required for my Transporter plate renewal?

    In order to process your application for renewal, the following documents are required:
    • Renewal Card stamped by your Insurance Agent and signed (front and back) by the Registrant.
    • Valid, current Certificate of Business. This is issued from your city or town.
    • Check or money order made out to Registry of Motor Vehicles.

  2. What do I do if I wish to change my business address at renewal time?

    If your business has relocated please complete the Name/Address Change Request Form. Please fax or mail the completed form with all supporting documents to the Section 5 Department.


  3. What information is required if I am changing my business name and I am incorporated?

    If your business is incorporated, contact the Secretary of State's Office for an updated copy of your Articles of Organization. You will also be required to submit an updated Certificate of Business and proof of your Federal Tax Id Number (FID). Please fax a letter you updated copy of your Articles of Organization, a copy of your new Certificate of Business and Proof of FID number to 857-368-0824. The letter must include an explanation of your intentions. Please include your registration number and contact information.


  4. What information is required if I am changing my business name and I am a sole proprietor?

    If you are a sole proprietor and you are changing your business name, you first need to contact your city or town for an updated Certificate of Business. Please fax a letter of your intention and a copy of your new Certificate of Business, and proof of your Federal Tax Id Number (FID) to 857-368-0824. Please include your registration number and contact information on the letter.


  5. What information is required if I wish to reduce the number of Transporter plates I currently have?

    If you wish to reduce the number of Transporter plates you currently have, simply return the unwanted plates to your local RMV Branch Office or Quincy Headquarters. You will receive a Plate Return Receipt. Please submit a copy of the receipt to the Section 5 Division so your Renewal Application can be adjusted and re-issued. You can submit the receipt in person at 25 Newport Avenue Extension, Quincy or by mail to PO Box 55897, Boston, MA 02205.



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