Obtain a US Drivers License

Obtain a US Drivers License

How to Get a Massachusetts Driver’s License

To be eligible for a Massachusetts Driver’s License, international students must show that their visa status for their program of study, as written on their Form I-20 or Form DS-2019, is at least one year (365 days) in duration.  Student’s whose program of study are less than 365 days are NOT eligible for a Massachusetts Driver’s License. 

For information on eligibility to drive in Massachusetts using a driver’s license issued from your home country, please see the information on the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles website, here.

If students meet eligibility requirements to apply for a Massachusetts Driver’s license, international students must apply in person to the REGISTRY OF MOTOR VEHICLES (RMV)

The closest office to MIT is:

Boston RMV
136 Blackstone Street      
Boston, MA  
(857) 368-8000
Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
except Thursday, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Other locations and more information, including current wait times, can be found on the RMV website at http://www.mass.gov/rmv

A listing of required documentation is available on the RMV website, which includes the following items plus additional documentation: 

  • Social Security Number (or official denial notice) from the Social Security Office
  • passport
  • I-20 form or DS-2019 form
  • white I-94 arrival/departure card
  • evidence of current address in Boston (e.g. lease or rent agreement, utilities bill, or mail received with address)
  • current driver’s license from your home country or international driver’s license
  • method of payment

A checklist of Acceptable Identification Documents is available here.

Driving on a Foreign Driver’s License

The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) has updated its guidance on ability for foreign nationals to drive in Massachusetts on a driver’s license issued from their home countries/country of residence.  The RMV allows individuals to drive the same type of vehicle as provided by the driver’s license issued by the country of residence.  Individuals must also have a full translation into English of the foreign driver’s license.  When driving, students must also carry their passport, Form I-20 or Form DS-2019, and copy of Form I-94 arrival record to document their student status.

Details on the requirements for driving on a foreign driver’s license are available on the MA RMV website.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  The guidance by the MA RMV only applies to driving IN MASSACHUSETTS.  If you are planning to drive in another US State, please consult the Registry/Department of Motor Vehicles in that State to confirm their regulations.