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RMV Implements Further Credential Extensions

Doc D'Errico  | Published on 5/22/2020
Your Massachusetts Motorcycle Association shares this information with you in cooperation with the MassDOT and the MassRMV. There is a LOT of misinformation being shared concerning what's constantly changing and it's important that all motorists, especially Motorcyclists, be aware of the CORRECT and ACCURATE information.

For example, Motorcycle Inspections expire this year on June 30th, NOT in July as posted elsewhere by other individuals. Any questions or concerns may be directed to the MassRMV website, or please feel free to contact your Massachusetts Motorcycle Association for the latest updates.

RMV Implements Further Credential Extensions

Many Expiring Licenses, Registrations, and Other Credentials Further Extended

The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) has implemented further extensions to the renewal timelines for expiring motor vehicle inspection stickers, passenger plate registrations, professional credentials, and driver's licenses and learner's permits, including Commercial Driver’s Licenses and Commercial Permits (CDLs / CLPs).

While the RMV previously announced extensions for most credentials, passenger plate registrations, and inspection stickers expired or expiring in March, April, and May, an additional extension has been applied to those credentials, and an extension has been added to some credentials expiring in June, July, and August.

These extensions replicate the ongoing measures the RMV has taken to reduce the need for customers to physically visit an RMV Service Center or one of its business partners’ facilities, allowing for "social-distancing" by decreasing non-essential travel and customer volume. Additional longer-term extensions will also allow the RMV to ensure "social-distancing" guidelines are met as demand for in-person service and renewals resumes during the Commonwealth’s reopening phases.

The following new changes are now effective:

  • All commercial and non-commercial driver’s licenses, ID cards, and Learner’s Permits that expire in May 2020 will now expire in July 2020 and do not need to be renewed at this time. Customers holding a license marked “Limited-Term” that has expired or will expire between March 1 and May 31, 2020 should visit Mass.Gov/RMV for more information and to check the validity of their credential.
  • The RMV also recently introduced an online renewal option for CDL holders if they are self-certified in the Non-Excepted Interstate (NI) category for medical certification.
  • In accordance with updated guidance from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), all CDL Medical Certificates expiring between March 1 and April 30, 2020 will not expire until June 30, 2020 and do not need to be renewed at this time. Extensions to CDL Medical Certificates are intended to prevent license downgrades and elective medical visits, as well as alleviate demand on medical providers, during the State of Emergency.
  • Motor vehicle safety and emissions inspection stickers that expire on May 31, 2020 will now expire on July 31, 2020. While automotive repair and maintenance facilities continue to remain open as “essential services” and inspection stations may operate at their discretion, these annual inspections do not need to occur at this time.
  • All passenger plate registrations that will expire in May 2020, will now expire in July 2020. Registration renewals can continue to be performed online at Mass.Gov/RMV during this time. Customers seeking to do so in-person will not be able to make an appointment and should delay their visit to a Service Center at this time.
  • Professional credentials for School Bus Certificates, School Pupil Transport Licenses (7D), Inspector Licenses, Inspection Station Licenses, Driving Instructor Licenses and Driving School Licenses that expire in May 2020 will be extended for 90 days after the State of Emergency is lifted and do not need to be renewed at this time.

These additional extensions under Governor Charlie Baker's declaration of a State of Emergency on March 10 replicate the ongoing measures the RMV is taking to reduce the need for customers to physically visit an RMV Service Center or one of its business partners' facilities, allowing for social distancing by decreasing non-essential travel and customer volume.

Below is a summary of newly announced extensions:

Credential Current Expiration Date (on credential)
New Expiration Date
Driver’s Licenses and ID Cards
Class D, M, and DM Licenses & Commercial Driver's Licenses (CDLs)
Mass ID Cards
March 2020
April 2020
May 2020
June 2020
July 2020
August 2020
September 2020
September 2020
September 2020
October 2020
November 2020
December 2020
Learner’s Permits
Class D, M, and DM Permits & Commercial Learner’s Permits (CLPs)
March 2020
April 2020
May 2020
June 2020
July 2020
August 2020
December 2020
December 2020
December 2020
December 2020
December 2020
December 2020
CDL Medical Certificates
CDL Medical Certificates March 2020
April 2020
May 2020
June 2020
July 2020
August 2020
June 30, 2020
June 30, 2020
June 30, 2020
September 30, 2020
September 30, 2020
September 30, 2020
Registrations
Passenger Plate Registrations March 2020
April 2020
May 2020
June 2020
July 31, 2020
July 31, 2020
July 31, 2020
July 31, 2020
School Bus, School Pupil, and Bus Registrations June 2020 July 31, 2020
Inspection Stickers
Commercial and Non-Commercial Inspection Stickers March 2020
April 2020
May 2020
July 31, 2020
July 31, 2020
July 31, 2020
All Motorcycle Inspection Stickers May 2020 June 30, 2020
Professional Credentials
School Bus Certificates
School Pupil Transport Licenses (7D)
Inspector Licenses
Inspection Station Licenses
Driving Instructor Licenses
Driving School Licenses
March 2020
April 2020
May 2020
June 2020
90 days after State of Emergency is lifted

Details on all of these extensions and additional information on RMV services and the RMV’s response to COVID-19can be found here.

The RMVBusiness Partner Websitehas been updated to include details and recordings fromrecently held webinarshosted by the RMV to address issues arising as a result of the pandemic.

Have Questions?

Contact us at RMVATLASSupport@dot.state.ma.us.
In this rapidly changing environment, please follow us @MassRMV on Twitter to receive real-time updates to policy, services, and current Service Center status.
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