REAL ID: New Massachusetts RMV Requirements, Explained.

The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) has implemented new requirements for obtaining driver’s licenses, ID cards and learner’s permits. Effective March 26, 2018, you now need documentation showing U.S. citizenship or lawful presence as required by federal and state law.

What do these new RMV rules mean for you?

Whether you need a new ID or need to renew an expiring one, new requirements mean the process will go like this.

  1. Decide what type of ID you want – REAL ID or Standard Massachusetts ID. A REAL ID is valid for federal purposes, but a Standard Massachusetts ID is not.
  2. Complete your online application
  3. Bring required identification and a completed application to an RMV Service Center.

Why was this change made?

Implementing the Real ID brings Massachusetts into compliance with Federal requirements established in 2005 pertaining to security and terrorism resulting from the 2001 terror attacks. Please visit for more information.

Will this change affect my auto insurance?

There could be some ramifications for your automobile insurance if you are unable to obtain a Massachusetts Driver’s License, whether it is a Real ID or not.

As your insurance agent, Cochrane & Porter is here to help. Contact us today if you have any questions or concerns.