Obtaining a Massachusetts ID

For people who do not have a Massachusetts driver's license, the RMV can issue one of two official identification cards. The Massachusetts ID and Massachusetts Liquor ID look similar to driver's licenses; however, they do not extend any driving privileges. These two ID cards are official forms of identity, signature, and age that are accepted in the Commonwealth. Please refer to Obtaining a Massachusetts Liquor ID for more information about the Massachusetts Liquor ID.

You may apply for a Massachusetts ID at any full service RMV office. You will be given a temporary Mass ID, valid for 30 days, at the branch, and a permanent Mass ID will be mailed to you.

Massachusetts ID Requirements

  • You must be at least 14 years of age.
  • You may not hold a valid license in any state.
  • You must be a resident of Massachusetts.

Fees

  • There is a $25.00 fee for a Massachusetts ID
  • There is a $25.00 replacement fee for a lost or damaged Massachusetts ID

Expiration

Massachusetts ID's expire every five (5) years

Documentation Requirements

You must have a valid social security number or an acceptable denial letter (with an acceptable visa code)

If you are under 18 years of age:

You must present the following:

  • 1 document proving date of birth
  • Parental consent on the Class D, M, or D/M License and ID Card Application
  • 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 are 18 years of age or older:

You must present the following:

  • Document proving date of birth
  • Document proving signature
  • 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.

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.

A Massachusetts Liquor ID can be used to prove date of birth or signature.

To Obtain a Massachusetts ID

Complete a Class D, M, or D/M License and ID Card Application. This form is available at any RMV service office. You may also download it from the Forms and Files section on our website.

Present the application, $25.00 fee and appropriate documentation, in person, to any RMV full service office to receive your ID.

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