Massachusetts License Plate Information Summary
The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) will issue you license plates when you register a new vehicle. Usually, you can transfer plates from an older vehicle to the new one you are purchasing. You'll also get a sticker showing when you have to renew your license plates.
Massachusetts License Plates Offered
Massachusetts offers standard plates, vanity plates, disabled plates, and various specialty plates. You can contact the RMV to find out your current options.
They also issue registration stickers you can put on your vehicle. These stickers cannot block any number or letter on your Massachusetts license plate.
You'll need plates for the front and back of your vehicle unless it is a motorcycle or trailer – in which case you'll only need a rear Massachusetts license plate.
When You Need To Get Massachusetts License Plates
When moving to Massachusetts, you have 30 days to get new plates. If you purchase a vehicle privately or from a dealership, you must get them right away.
Keeping Your License Plates Up To Date
Renewing your Massachusetts license plate is simple. You can do so by mail, on the phone, online, or in person.
You'll be sent a reminder notice well before you need to renew your plate. After doing so, you will be given a new sticker to put on your plate.
If Your Massachusetts License Plates Are Stolen
You do not have to file a police report if your Massachusetts license plates are stolen or damaged.
If the plates were stolen, you will have to fill out a form explaining what happened. If they are simply damaged you can apply for new plates in person or by phone.
You will have to provide a copy of your license and registration. There is a $10-per-plate fee for new plates.
Transferring Or Surrendering Your License Plates
You can transfer your plates from an older vehicle you are selling or donating by filling out a bit of paperwork and paying the $25 transfer fee.
You must surrender your plates if you move out of state. You can do this in person at the RMV or by going online, reading their instructions on how to destroy and recycle a license plate and following them.
You can get a refund on some of the fees left over on your Massachusetts license plate.
Should you cancel within 10 days of getting new plates, you'll get a full refund.
The refund is based monthly. You have to apply before the 7th of the month, and then you will get back half the excess payment you made. That said, the refund must be for more than $15 to be valid. Otherwise you won't get any refund at all.
Massachusetts License Plate Costs
Massachusetts license plates for passenger vehicles are $60.
For motorcycles the fee is $20.