How Long Does It Take To Get a Replacement License in MA?

Feb 14, 2020 02:43 PM EST | Staff Reporter

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How Long Does It Take To Get a Replacement License in MA?


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If you have misplaced your driver's license in Massachusetts, you will need to get it replaced as quickly as possible to avoid any issues that can arise from not having physical proof of your identity (and driving privileges) during a traffic stop or any other situation where this document is required. Luckily, you have a variety of options available to you for getting it replaced, and depending on your exact needs, there are a few different wait times that you will need to consider. 

As with most things, the most convenient way to get your license replaced may not be the fastest way to get it replaced, but we will go through your available options below so that you can decide what makes the most sense for you. In some cases, you may find that your situation is a bit more complicated than having just misplaced your license, meaning that you may want to consider getting the support of an experienced RMV attorney, like hardship license lawyers or some other sort of legal service to help you work with the Registry of Motor Vehicles in order to ensure that you take the right steps towards getting your license back.

However, the following information is about how long it takes to get a replacement license, not about how to work with a lawyer if your license has been suspended. Take a look below to get a general idea of wait times for a replacement license depending on the method of replacement that you choose.

Apply For a Replacement Driver License Online

If you are interested in the most convenient way to replace your driver's license, then doing it online is likely the best option for you. However, you will need to be aware of the fact that it will take some time for your actual physical license to be delivered to your mailing address, and you will not have an official temporary drivers license like the one that will be printed for you if you order a replacement in-person.

Once you have submitted all of the relevant information and paid the $25 replacement fee, the RMV will send your replacement in 7-10 days. The replacement will go to the mailing address that the RMV has on record, unless you request otherwise.

Apply For a Replacement Driver License Over the Phone

You may not have access to the internet, or would prefer to order a replacement remotely with an alternate option. If so, then you can order a replacement over the phone, which will require the same information and the same fee as if you were to order online. In addition, you will also need to way 7-10 days for your replacement.

Apply For a Replacement Driver License in Person

If you need to have a copy of your driver's license as soon as possible, then visiting your local RMV branch is likely the best option. You will pay the same fee and be required to provide the same information as either online or by phone but will be able to receive a paper copy of a temporary driver's license that will stay valid for a period of time while you are waiting for your plastic, official license to be mailed to your address. 

Keep in mind that this paper copy of your license may not be accepted for official identification in a variety of situations, so you will still need to plan accordingly and bring a passport or some other form of ID if you know that you will need something more than this piece of paper.

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