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MA Driver's License Requirements

Provide Necessary Proof of Identification

  • International Driver‘s License (if applicable)
  • Passport
  • Provides Photo ID, your signature and date of birth
  • Form I-20/Form DS-2019
  • Provides proof of signature and date of birth
  • Document proving MA residency

Proof of MA residency could be a utility bill showing your name and current address. If you live on campus, The Glavin Office can provide you with a letter which states that you live on campus. Please complete an “On-Campus Proof of Residency Letter” request form and make sure to update your address via the Babson Portal. ThMore Informationis letter can be prepared for you in two business days. Note: The “On-Campus Proof of Residency Letter” must be no more than 30 days old when you go to the RMV. Social Security number (SSN) or an official Denial Letter from the Social Security Office no more than 30 days old (see “Obtaining a Social Security Number” section). A Denial Letter will be issued on the spot at the Social Security Office; a Social Security number is usually issued in approximately two weeks. Obtaining a Denial Letter does not affect your eligibility for a SSN in the future.

Pass a Written Exam and Eye Test

The written exam and eye test may be taken on a walk-in basis at any RMV between 9:00am and 4:30pm. If you pass, you will get a learner‘s permit. Driver‘s license manuals are available at the RMV to help you prepare for the written and road tests.

Pass a Road Test

Road tests are by appointment only and must be scheduled at least three weeks in advance after you have earned your learner‘s permit. At the time of the road test, you need to bring your completed application (obtained from the RMV); your learner‘s permit; payment for each scheduled road test; a registered, insured and inspected vehicle; and a sponsor. The sponsor must be at least 18 years of age, have at least one year of driving experience and possess a valid U.S. license issued by his/her home state. Foreign driver's license holders are NOT eligible to be sponsors. If you have a valid out-of-country license from certain countries and a MA learner's permit, you may take the road test without a sponsor (Please see RMV website). Many driving schools in Massachusetts offer private lessons and will even sponsor a student for a driving test. The closest school to Babson is the Wellesley Driving School at 159 Linden Street, Wellesley, MA. Please contact them directly at (781) 237-5010 for more information.

Fees*

  • Learner‘s Permit (written/eye screening test): $30
  • Road Driving Test: $20
  • Driver‘s License: $40; $90 for out-of-state conversions

* Methods of payment include cash, check, Visa or MasterCard

Please note that if you move after you obtain a MA license, you must inform the Registry of Motor Vehicles within 30 days of your move.

Alternative Massachusetts IDs

For people who do not have a Massachusetts driver's license, the Registry of Motor Vehicles (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.* Refer to Obtaining a Massachusetts Liquor ID for more information about the Massachusetts Liquor ID.

*Please Note: Some establishments which serve alcohol may refuse to accept a Massachusetts ID card. State law (c.138, §34B) provides the establishment some legal protection if alcohol was served to a minor in reliance on a valid Massachusetts Liquor ID card but not if the establishment relied on the Massachusetts ID card.

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 16 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 $15.00 replacement fee for a lost or damaged Massachusetts ID Expiration Massachusetts ID's expire every five (5) years

Documentation Requirements (if over age 18)

  • Passport Provides Photo ID, your signature and date of birth
  • Form I-20/Form DS-2019 Provides proof of signature and date of birth
  • Document proving MA residency Proof of MA residency could be a utility bill showing your name and current address. If you live on campus, The Glavin Office can provide you with a letter which states that you live on campus. Please complete an “On-Campus Proof of Residency Letter” request form and make sure to update your address via the Babson Portal. This letter can be prepared for you in two business days. Note: The “On-Campus Proof of Residency Letter” must be no more than 30 days old when you go to the RMV.
  • Social Security number (SSN) or an official Denial Letter from the Social Security Office no more than 30 days old (see “Obtaining a Social Security Number” section). A Denial Letter will be issued on the spot at the Social Security Office; a Social Security number is usually issued in approximately two weeks. Obtaining a Denial Letter does not affect your eligibility for a SSN in the future.

All documents must be originals; photocopies will not be accepted.

To Obtain a Massachusetts ID

  • Complete an Initial License/ID Application. This form is available at any RMV service office. You may also download it from the Forms and Files section on the RMV website.
  • Present the application, $25.00 fee and appropriate documentation, in person, to any RMV full service office to receive your ID.

Similar to a Massachusetts ID, a Liquor ID verifies that you are 21, legal to drink in the United States. You may apply for a Massachusetts Liquor ID at any full service RMV office. You will be given a temporary Massachusetts Liquor ID, valid for 30 days, at the branch, and a permanent Mass Liquor ID will be mailed to you.

Massachusetts Liquor ID Requirements

  • You must be at least 21 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 Liquor ID
  • If you lose your Massachusetts Liquor ID you must go to any RMV branch office and sign a form indicating it has been lost. The fee to obtain a duplicate Liquor ID is a $15.00

Expiration

  • A Massachusetts Liquor ID will expire five (5) years after the date of issue.

Documentation Requirements

  • Passport Provides Photo ID, your signature and date of birth
  • Form I-20/Form DS-2019 Provides proof of signature and date of birth
  • Document proving MA residency
  • Proof of MA residency could be a utility bill showing your name and current address. If you live on campus, The Glavin Office can provide you with a letter which states that you live on campus. Please complete an “On-Campus Proof of Residency Letter” request form and make sure to update your address via the Babson Portal. This letter can be prepared for you in two business days. Note: The “On-Campus Proof of Residency Letter” must be no more than 30 days old when you go to the RMV.

  • Social Security number (SSN) or an official Denial Letter from the Social Security Office no more than 30 days old (see “Obtaining a Social Security Number” section). A Denial Letter will be issued on the spot at the Social Security Office; a Social Security number is usually issued in approximately two weeks. Obtaining a Denial Letter does not affect your eligibility for a SSN in the future.

All documents must be originals; photocopies will not be accepted.

To Obtain a Massachusetts Liquor ID

Complete an Initial License/ID Application. This form is available at any RMV service office. You may also download it from the Forms and Files section on the RMV website. Present the application, $25.00 fee and appropriate documentation, in person, to any RMV full service office to receive your temporary photo-imaging Liquor ID. A new photo-imaging Liquor ID will be mailed to your address of record.