Renew Registration in Massachusetts

Need to renew your Massachusetts car registration? We've collected helpful information that will save you some time, and we offer links to resources that will get you going in the right direction. Select from the options below to get started.

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1: Get Started with Online Application Assistance

2: By mail

Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the RMV in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local RMV.

3: Via a RMV office

If your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at your local RMV office. Varying RMV offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the RMV closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your RMV allows you to make a personal appointment.

Renewing Your Massachusetts Vehicle Registration

Renewing your tag is an easy process in Massachusetts, as you are given option of renewing in person, online, by phone or via mail.


Massachusetts allows some drivers to renew their registration online, provided that they meet the certain state requirements. In order to register online, visit and follow the instructions given. You will receive an email within three days stating if the process was successful.

In Person

To renew your Massachusetts vehicle registration in person, visit for a list of RMV offices in the state of Massachusetts. You will also be required to present payment for the required fees, your license plate number and proof of insurance.

By Mail

You are only eligible to renew your tag by mail if you do not have any unpaid tickets or outstanding obligations with the RMV. To renew by mail:

  • Complete the RMV-2 or RMV-3 form
  • Have your agent sign and stamp it
  • Complete an emissions statement (if applicable)
  • Enclose a check or money order for the required fees
  • Mail the entire packet to the address given on the application


Finally, if you wish to register by phone, you must have already completed an emission inspection (if applicable), have a renewal card that states “Insurance Stamp Not Needed Active Policy on File”, and have a credit card to pay required fees. Once you’ve completed all the prerequisites, call the RMV hotline.

Check to see which number you should call. Offices are open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m to 5 p.m.