If you own a car in the state of Massachusetts, or have recently moved to the state from elsewhere in the United States, you will need Massachusetts license plates in order to legally drive your car. These license plates offer a way for the Registry of Motor Vehicle to keep a record of the cars operating within the state and allow for easy identification of the car and its owner.
The process of obtaining these plates is very simple. You will have to approach the Registry of Motor Vehicles’ local office and submit an application for the registration of your vehicle, along with a proof of residence and Social Security Number or positive ID. You will also have to pay a $50 fee for your first set of plates. Normally, the plates will be delivered to your address within 7 working days, but you can choose to pick them up personally as well if you want. The state of Massachusetts requires all vehicles to possess front and rear license plates. Driving without license plates attracts suspicion from law enforcement officials and can result in a traffic ticket as well.
Individuals who purchase or sell a car within the state are required by law to remove their Massachusetts license plates and let the purchaser apply for a new set against the updated information. There is a 15 day period allotted by the state within which this replacement should occur, otherwise the application is charged additional fines. There is no grace period for missing the deadline.
Massachusetts license plates vary based on their purpose and the driver. Disabled drivers are issued different plates from veterans of the armed forces. Antique cars possess different license plates from those used every day. In order to know which plates you qualify for, you should check the information against the RMV’s website. Additionally, you have the option of customizing your plates to reflect your support of your favorite sports team or your supported cause. For an extra charge of $20, you can choose from several designs which reflect your unique taste. These designs are available online on the RMV website.