Suspensions & Hearings: Out-of-State Suspensions and Revocations

Each state in the U.S. is required to notify a driver's home state through the National Driving Register if a driver has committed an offense which has caused the driver's right to operate to be suspended or revoked out-of-state. If Massachusetts receives notification that your right to operate was suspended or revoked by another state, the RMV will mail you a suspension notice, giving you 30 days to resolve the out-of-state issue.

If your Massachusetts license or right to operate has been suspended or revoked due to a suspension or revocation in another state, you must be reinstated in that state before any revocation in Massachusetts can be resolved. The pending suspension will become effective on the date specified in your suspension notice and will remain in effect until the out-of-state suspension has been cleared.

If your out-of-state suspension or revocation has been resolved, you must present either a Clearance Letter or a current driving record, not more than 30 days old, from the state of suspension to a full service RMV branch office. The pending suspension or revocation in Massachusetts must be removed manually by the RMV, even if the effective date has not been reached. If the Massachusetts suspension has taken effect, you will be required to pay a $100 reinstatement fee.

If your out-of-state offense is related to Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs (including Breathalyzer Refusals & Failures) or Vehicular Homicide/Manslaughter, you must see a Hearings Officer and submit 1. A Certified Drivers History (not more than 30 days old) from the state in which the offense occurred 2. Court Abstracts providing disposition information.

Massachusetts state law requires the RMV to apply Massachusetts license suspension rules to any of these out-of-state violations. These offenses will be treated as if they occurred in the Commonwealth if the driver was licensed in Massachusetts at the time of the offense. The RMV will review your record and determine if it is similar to any existing laws in Massachusetts and apply any penalties that may be required.


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