Residence

A customer must be a Massachusetts resident to be eligible for a Massachusetts learner's permit, driver's license or Mass ID. If a customer is an out-of-state resident, he/she should obtain a learner's permit, driver's license, or Identification card in his/her state of residence. An out-of-state resident may instead be eligible to obtain a Massachusetts Liquor ID.

 

The customer must submit documents which prove that he/she is a resident of Massachusetts in order to obtain a Massachusetts learner's permit, driver's license, or Mass ID. The documents provided must state the customer's residential address. A Post Office (PO) Box is not an acceptable proof of residence. In addition, the address printed on the document which proves Massachusetts residency must match the residential address that the customer provides on the application.

 

If a customer presents any document that is inconsistent with his/her being a resident of Massachusetts (such as B1 or B2 or other short-term visa status, or an expired visa status or documents showing an out-of-state residence), the Registry will not consider him/her a resident and will deny the application for a Massachusetts learner's permit, driver's license, or Mass ID. The customer may still be eligible for a Liquor ID.

 

Refer to the Acceptable IDs Document for a complete list of documents that may be presented.

 

Customers under the Age of 18

A customer applying for a learner's permit, driver's license, or ID card who is under 18 years of age is not required to provide Proof of Massachusetts Residency. Instead, the customer must obtain written consent from a parent, legal guardian, social worker, or boarding school headmaster. Refer to the Parental Consent Requirements section for more details.