The RMV restores renewal reminders by mail.

Effective November 25, 2013, the MassDOT has announced that it thumbsupwill resume sending birthday postcards to remind drivers when their licenses are due to expire.

The birthday postcard is personalized in order to provide the customer with the most efficient service possible by relaying one of two messages. The postcards will indicate if the driver is eligible to renew online at or if they must visit an RMV branch.

The Registry ended the license reminder service 5 years ago in a fiscal crunch; however, supported by advertising dollars, the RMV will once again offer this service to their customers.

Did you know…

A Massachusetts license is valid for five years and there are 4.75 million active licensed drivers in the Commonwealth today. Based on renewal rates, the RMV will send out between 87,000 and 92,000 postcard reminders monthly.
Every 10 years license holders need to visit one of 30 RMV branches across Massachusetts to have a new license photo taken as part of their credential renewal. Drivers age 75 and older at the time of renewal are required to have the renewal transaction completed in a branch.
Drivers are encouraged to renew their license at least seven days prior to their birthday/license expiration to ensure that they have their new license in hand before the old license expires.
Moved recently? To guarantee the renewal postcard is sent to your correct address you will need to update the address you have on file with the Registry. You can update your address online; it is a free service at