Is the RMV Open? COVID-19 Response in Massachusetts

March 18, 2020

people in lineIs the RMV open in Massachusetts? As our Bay State schools, restaurants, and other businesses close due to the COVID-19 outbreak, it’s difficult to keep track of which resources are still available. Luckily, the state just issued this handy RMV update. If you need to visit a Massachusetts RMV during the next few weeks, here’s what you need to know:

Is the RMV Open?

Yes, but only at certain service locations and only by appointment. Beginning on March 27, 2020, only these eight MA RMV locations are open to the general public. Before visiting, you must make an online appointment via www.Mass.Gov/RMV

Is the RMV open for commercial transactions?

Yes. The Milford and Wilmington RMV Service Center’s will remain open exclusively for walk-in commercial transactions: commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs) and permits (CLPs). CDL road tests continue to be administered at these locations. Performing a commercial transaction at any other location will require an appointment.

None of these locations is convenient for me. Can I get an extension?

Possibly. Extensions are already in place for many time-sensitive RMV service needs.

For example, all Class D, Class DM, and commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs), ID cards, and learner’s permits that expired or will expire between March 1, 2020 and April 30, 2020, will have a 60-day extension applied to the current expiration date.

So if your license expires on April 15, 2020, the RMV is going to extend that expiration to June 15, 2020. You will still have an “active” status in the RMV system. Keep in mind though, you won’t get an updated license to reflect this new expiration date.

One key exceptions this extension does not apply to customers whose “end of stay” in the United States is the same as the expiration date on their driver’s license, ID card, or learner’s permit.

Can I get an extension on my vehicle inspection sticker?

Yes. While some Massachusetts inspection sticker locations are still open for business at this time, extensions are in place that give Mass residents extra time.

  • All commercial and non-commercial vehicle inspection stickers that expire on March 31, 2020(designated by a number 3 on the inspection sticker) must be inspected by May 31, 2020.
  • All commercial and non-commercial vehicle inspection stickers that expire on April 30, 2020 (designated by a number 4 on the inspection sticker) must be inspected by June 30, 2020.
  • Commercial and non-commercial vehicles that are issued a failed inspection sticker (indicated by a sticker with a red or black letter ‘R’) that is due to expire in the month of March, 2020, must be re-inspected by May 31, and all vehicles issued a failed inspection sticker due to expire in the month of April, 2020, must be re-inspected by June 30. Additionally, the one free re-test for these vehicles is also extended to May 31 or June 30 provided the re-test is performed at the same inspection station that performed the initial inspection.
    • Regardless of the date of inspection, vehicles issued a failed inspection sticker due to a safety defect (indicated by a sticker with a red letter ‘R’) shall not be operated until appropriate repairs have been completed.
  • All motorcycle inspection stickers originally set to expire on May 31 must be inspected by June 30.

I just bought a new car/truck. Do I need to get it inspected right away?

No. The RMV is currently extending the time during which your newly registered vehicle must be inspected. (Normally this needs to happen within 7 days of registration.) For the time being:

  • Any newly-registered commercial and non-commercial vehicle purchased between March 1, 2020 and March 31, 2020 must be inspected by May 31.
  • Any newly-registered commercial and non-commercial vehicle purchased between April 1, 2020 and April 31, 2020 must be inspected by June 30.

Can I get an extension on my vehicle registration?

Yes. All passenger plate registrations that have expired in March or will be expiring in April have been extended for 60 days. Registrations that expired in March have been extended until May 31st and registrations that expire in April have been extended until June 30th.  Registration renewals can continue to be performed online at Mass.Gov/RMV during this time.

Are road tests still happening?

Class D and M road tests are cancelled through April 6, 2020. The RMV is asking folks to check back here for any updates regarding road tests.

CDL road tests are still being administered at this time.

What about other RMV services?

If you’re looking to process any of the following, you must do so by mail:

  • Disability parking placards/plate (including disabled veterans plates)
  • Tinted glass waivers
  • CDL medical waivers

How can I avoid RMV lines during the COVID-19 outbreak? Is it safe to visit the Massachusetts RMV?

Most important, if you can complete your RMV transaction online, you should make every effort to do so–rather than adding to the number of people who are physically in/around the buildings.

Meanwhile, state officials have taken steps to ensure the number of people inside the RMV does not exceed the current social distancing recommendations. The eight locations that remain open now exercise “enhanced cleaning” practices. These RMVs will also make hand sanitizer stations available.

Still have questions? We’re here for you! Call us at 508.339.2951.