RMV Implementing Further Extensions to Expiring Licenses, Permits, and Registrations

by | May 27, 2020

The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) is announcing today it will be implementing further extensions to the renewal timelines for expiring motor vehicle inspection stickers, passenger plate registrations, professional credentials, and driver’s licenses and learner’s permits, including Commercial Driver’s Licenses and Commercial Learner’s Permits (CDLs / CLPs).

While the RMV has previously announced extensions for most credentials, passenger plate registrations and inspection stickers expired or expiring in March, April, and May, today’s action will apply an additional extension to those credentials and an extension to some credentials expiring in June, July, and August.

These extensions replicate the ongoing measures the RMV has taken to reduce the need for customers to physically visit an RMV Service Center or one of its business partners’ facilities, allowing for ‘social-distancing’ by decreasing non-essential travel and customer volume. Additional, longer-term extensions will also allow the RMV to ensure ‘social-distancing’ guidelines are met as demand for in-person service and renewals resumes during the Commonwealth’s reopening phases.

The new changes to expiration extensions will be in effect as follows:

  • Driver’s licenses and ID cards, including Commercial Driver’s Licenses (CDLs), that expired or will expire in March, April, and May 2020, will now expire in September 2020 and do not need to be renewed at this time. Driver’s licenses and ID cards that will expire in June have been extended until October 2020, those that will expire in July have been extended until November 2020, and those that will expire in August have been extended until December 2020 and do not need to be renewed at this time.   The specific expiration date typically coincides with an individual’s birth date. Customers holding an RMV credential marked “Limited-Term” that has expired or will expire between March 1 and August 31, 2020 should visit Mass.gov/RMV for more information and to check the validity of their credential. The RMV also recently introduced an online renewal option for CDL holders if they are self-certified in the Non-Excepted Interstate (NI) category for medical certification.
  • Learner’s permits, including Commercial Learner’s Permits (CLPs), that expired or will expire in March, April, and May 2020, will now expire in December 2020. Learner’s permits that will expire in June, July, and August will also be extended until December 2020. This extension will allow additional time for permit students and driving schools to complete in-car instruction and a road test when those functions are authorized to re-start safely.
    • Road tests for CDLs are still being conducted during the State of Emergency. Massachusetts State Police manage CDL road tests and require anyone taking a CDL road test to bring and wear a face covering for the entirety of the road test.
  • In accordance with updated guidance from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), all CDL Medical Certificates expiring between March 1 and May 31, 2020, have previously been extended until June 30, 2020 and no additional extension will be applied. However, all CDL Medical Certificates expiring between June 1 and August 31 have been extended until September 30, 2020 and do not need to be renewed at this time. Extensions to CDL Medical Certificates are intended to prevent license downgrades and elective medical visits, as well as alleviate demand on medical providers, during the State of Emergency.

 

  • The annual motor vehicle safety and emissions inspection stickers that have expired or will expire in March, April, and May 2020 have been extended until July 31, 2020. No additional extensions will be applied, and inspection stations are open at their discretion within the public health guidelines to perform this work.

  • All passenger plate registrations that have expired or will expire in March, April, and May 2020 have been extended until July 31, 2020. The RMV has also applied a 30-day extension to registrations that expire in June, which will now expire on July 31, 2020. Registration renewals can continue to be performed online at Mass.Gov/RMV during this time.

  • All school bus, school pupil (7D), and bus registrations that will expire in June have been extended 30 days until July 2020. Professional credentials for School Bus Certificates, School Pupil Transport Licenses (7D), Inspector Licenses, Inspection Station Licenses, Driving Instructor Licenses and Driving School Licenses that have expired or will expire in March, April, and May 2020 have previously been extended until 90 days after the State of Emergency is lifted. The RMV has added June expirations to the previous extension and professional credentials that expire in June have 90 days after the State of Emergency is lifted to renew.

A summary of newly announced extensions are included in the chart below. For the most up-to-date information on RMV extensions and other service and COVID-19 response measures, visit https://www.mass.gov/info-details/rmv-covid-19-information.

Credential Current Expiration Date (on credential) New Expiration Date
Driver’s Licenses and ID Cards
 

Class D, M, and DM Licenses

Commercial Driver’s Licenses (CDLs)

Mass ID Cards

March 2020

April 2020

May 2020

June 2020

July 2020

August 2020

September 2020

September 2020

September 2020

October 2020

November 2020

December 2020

Learner’s Permits    
 

Class D, M, and DM Permits

Commercial Learner’s Permits (CLPs)

March 2020

April 2020

May 2020

June 2020

July 2020

August 2020

December 2020

December 2020

December 2020

December 2020

December 2020

December 2020

CDL Medical Certificates
 

CDL Medical Certificates

March 2020

April 2020

May 2020

June 2020

July 2020

August 2020

June 30, 2020

June 30, 2020

June 30, 2020

September 30, 2020

September 30, 2020

September 30, 2020

Registrations
 

Passenger Plate Registrations

March 2020

April 2020

May 2020

June 2020

July 31, 2020

July 31, 2020

July 31, 2020

July 31, 2020

 

School Bus, School Pupil, and Bus Registrations

 

June 2020 July 31, 2020
Inspection Stickers
 

Commercial and Non-Commercial Inspection Stickers

March 2020

April 2020

May 2020

July 31, 2020

July 31, 2020

July 31, 2020

 

All Motorcycle Inspection Stickers

May 2020 June 30, 2020
Professional Credentials
 

School Bus Certificates

School Pupil Transport Licenses (7D)

Inspector Licenses

Inspection Station Licenses

Driving Instructor Licenses

Driving School Licenses

March 2020

April 2020

May 2020

June 2020

90 days after State of Emergency is lifted