Converting an Out-of-State License

If you have recently moved to Massachusetts, you must obtain a valid Massachusetts license upon becoming a resident.

The Massachusetts RMV does not accept temporary out-of-state licenses for conversions.

Requirements

If you are under 18 years of age:

You must be at least 16 years of age to drive in Massachusetts, even if you hold a valid driver's license from another state.

  1. You must be 16 and 1/2 to obtain a Massachusetts driver's license. Refer to our Junior Operator Licensing section for complete details.
  2. You must present the following:
    • Out-of-state License. If your out-of-state License DOES NOT have a photo, you must present acceptable photo ID from the list of Acceptable Identification Documents.

      Note: If you do not have your out-of-state License to surrender, you must provide a photo ID from the Acceptable Identification Documents List.
    • 1 document proving date of birth
    • Parental consent on the Class D, M, or D/M License and ID Card Application
    • A certified driving record not more than 30 days old from the state where you currently hold your License
    • 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.
  3. You must convert your Driver's Education certificate or complete Driver's Education in Massachusetts.

    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 provide the RMV with your current out-of-state photo License and proof of your current Massachusetts residency.

  1. You must present the following:
    • Out-of-state License. If your out-of-state License DOES NOT have a photo, you must present acceptable photo ID from the Acceptable Identification Documents List.

      Note: If you do not have your out-of-state License to surrender, you must provide a photo ID from the Acceptable Identification Documents list of identification AND a certified driving record not more than 30 days old from the state where you currently hold your License..
    • Document proving date of birth
    • Document proving signature
    • Document proving Massachusetts residency
    • Note: An out-of-state License presented as one of the ID documents can be used document to confirm signature OR date of birth. It CANNOT be used to confirm both.
    • 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 have a previous Massachusetts License that expired four or more years ago, you are required to show all of the identification listed above.

  2. If you have a license from Canada, Mexico, or US Territory ( including Puerto Rico), you must present a driving record not more than 30 days old.

Previous MA License Expired Less Than 4 Years

You must provide the RMV with your current out-of-state photo License and proof of your current Massachusetts residency.

  1. You must present the following:
    • Out-of-state License. If your out-of-state License DOES NOT have a photo, you must present an acceptable photo ID from the Acceptable Identification Documents List.

      Note: If you do not have your out-of-state License to surrender, you must provide a Photo ID from the Acceptable Identification Documents List of identification AND a certified driving record not more than 30 days old from the state where you currently hold your License.
    • 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.
  2. A customer with a License from Canada, Mexico, or U.S. territory (including Puerto Rico), must present a driving record not more than 30 days old in addition to the ID required above.

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 have a previous Massachusetts License that expired four or more years ago, you are required to show all of the identification listed in the section 18 Years or Older.

Please note that if you fail the written permit exam, you must present the required sources of identification documentation the next time you apply for a permit. Please refer to the list of identification requirements to ensure that you bring the necessary documents with you.

Fees

Conversion fees for out-of-state licenses can be found on our fee chart.

Testing Requirements

If your out-of-state license has been expired for more than one (1) year but less than four (4), you will be required to take a written test for the class license you are trying to transfer. If your license has been expired more than four (4) years, a full test - written and road - plus an eye test will be required.

Converting a License from Canada, Mexico or the US Territories

You may convert a license from one of these countries or territories if you:

  • Provide a certified driving record (not more than thirty (30) days old) from the country or territory where you are licensed.
  • Take and pass an eye test.
  • Take a written test if your license has been expired for more than 1 year but less than 4 years.
  • Take a full test - written and road - if your license has been expired for more than 4 years.

Once your license is converted, you will be given a temporary Photo-Imaging license, valid for 30 days. A permanent license will be mailed to you.

Converting a License from a Foreign Country

If you are converting a license from a country other than Canada, Mexico or one of the US Territories, you must take the full - written and road - test plus the eye test.

If you are from a country listed in the 1949 Road Acts Convention, you must have a sponsor and you must present your valid driver's license from that country and if needed, an English translation of the license.

Please note: An International Driving Permit cannot be converted to a Massachusetts Driver's License. An International Driving Permit does not confer any driving privileges but is a translation into ten major languages of the relevant information contained on the driver's home country license.

Caution: The Registrar and law enforcement agencies know that individuals or organizations have sold fraudulent documents as "International Driver Licenses" or "International Driving Permits." The Registrar does not recognize as valid any document purporting to be an "International Driver License" or any other document that confers driving privileges unless issued by the government agency that issues such licenses in the driver's country of residence and the driver is validly licensed. A person operating a motor vehicle with a fraudulent Massachusetts license is subject to arrest pursuant to MGL c. 90, §10.

Sponsor Requirements

Your sponsor must be at least 21 years old with a valid license and have a minimum of one (1) year of driving experience. Foreign license holders are not eligible to be sponsors.

To Convert Your License

Complete an online application to convert your Class D, M, or D/M License. You may also download it from the Forms and Files section on our website.

Bring the completed form, appropriate fees and required documentation to any RMV full service office.

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