Military personnel are not required to renew their Massachusetts licenses during active military service.
A member of the military returning from active duty outside the United States who has a license issued by the Armed Forces based in another country may drive with that license in Massachusetts for up to 45 days. This policy is applicable only to military personnel; it does not apply to their spouses or dependents.
An active member of the military, or his/her spouse or dependent, who is temporarily out of Massachusetts and cannot return home before his/her license expires can request the Registry of Motor Vehicles to issue a temporary “pink” license which is valid for 120 days after the expiration date of the customer's original license. This extension can only be granted once.
An active member of the military, or his/her spouse or dependent, can request a non-photograph license renewal by mail. In this case, the customer must mail the request to the Driver Licensing Department, include payment for the renewal fee, and include a photocopy of his/her military identification. The license renewal cannot be done more than one year in advance of the expiration date. The non-photograph license will be mailed to the customer as long as he/she is located outside of Massachusetts. Non-photo renewals for an active member of the military, or his/her spouse or dependent, can only be processed by the Driver Licensing Department.
If an active member of the military, or his/her spouse or dependent, wants to obtain a duplicate license, he/she should send a letter of request stating whether his/her license was lost or stolen and a photocopy of his/her military identification to the Driver Licensing Department. There is no fee for duplicate licenses for military personnel or their dependents.