Registry of Motor Vehicles Granting Extensions Amid Virus Outbreak

HYANNIS – The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles is implementing a 60 day extension to Commercial Driver’s Licenses and Commercial Learner’s Permits expired or expiring in April.

The initiative recognizes the importance of commercial vehicle drivers to the supply chain during the State of Emergency declaration, and will continue to prioritize reducing customer volumes in physical locations.

All commercial licenses or permits with an expiration date between March 1 and April 30 will have the 60-day extension.

The RMV implemented a similar extension for residents with Class D, Class M, and Class DM driver’s licenses, ID cards, and Learner’s Permits last month.

The exception is drivers whose end of stay in the United States is the same as the expiration date on their driver’s license, ID card, or Learner’s Permit.

Those eligible for these extensions should wait to visit an RMV Service Center to renew until after the State of Emergency has concluded.

In addition, in an effort to help customers maintain proper social distancing, the annual motor vehicle safety and emissions inspection expiration dates are being extended.

All non-commercial vehicle inspection stickers that expire on March 31 must be inspected by May 31, 2020.

All non-commercial vehicles that expire on April 30 must be inspected by June 30, 2020.

Non-commercial vehicles that are issued a failed inspection sticker that expired in the month of March, must be re-inspected by May 31, and non-commercial vehicles issued a failed inspection sticker due to expire in the month of April, must be re-inspected by June 30.

Additionally, the one free re-test for these vehicles is also extended to May 31 or June 30 provided the re-test is performed at the same inspection station that performed the initial inspection.

Regardless of the date of inspection, vehicles issued a failed inspection sticker due to a safety defect shall not be operated until appropriate repairs have been completed.

All motorcycle inspection stickers originally set to expire on May 31 must be inspected by June 30.

The RMV is also extending the time during which newly registered vehicles must be inspected, which is typically within 7 days of the date of registration.

Any newly registered non-commercial vehicle purchased between March 1 and March 31 must be inspected by May 31, 2020.

Any newly registered non-commercial vehicle purchased between April 1 and April 30 must be inspected by June 30, 2020.

In addition, during the declared emergency period, the RMV is waiving the requirement of 540 Code Mass, which requires that inspection stations must remain open and available for inspection a minimum of six hours per day, five days per week.

Inspection stations are excused from compliance with this provision during the length of the COVID-19 state of emergency.

Inspector and station licensing expirations are not being extended at this time because current resources are able to meet the application demand.

However, inspectors and station owners are strongly encouraged to submit applications on-line at

Eight RMV Service Center locations, including in Plymouth, remain open to serve the general public, but the RMV requests that customers who do not have immediate needs for required in-person service delay their visits.

About Luke Leitner

Luke Leitner grew up in Watertown Massachusetts and now lives in West Yarmouth on the Cape. He has been a part of the news team in the News Center since the spring of 2019. He studied business communications at Western New England University.
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