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Fake RMV Websites – Be Aware

The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) warns consumers to ensure they are using the official MassDOT RMV website http://www.mass.gov/rmv when processing any transaction online
While searching for the Registry website, customers may inadvertently come across unofficial third-party websites or “mimic sites” that advertise similar services but have no affiliation with the RMV.
Red flags alerting you this is not the official RMV website:
  • Massachusetts uses the abbreviation “RMV.” Any website using the phrase “Department of Motor Vehicle” or “DMV” should be avoided.
  • Make sure the Commonwealth’s seal is located somewhere on the page. This will help ensure that is it an official government website.
  • The Registry will never charge a customer for
  • Forms
  • Information
  • Status check (license, registration, title)
  • Address changes
  • If the site requires payment to access this information, it is an unsecured mimic site.

July 23, 2019   No Comments

RMV Near Me Program

Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) have launched a partner program with statewide Councils on Aging (COA): RMV Near Me.  This program provides additional service locations at which senior citizens can receive assistance processing routine Registry transactions online.

To date, more than 50 Councils on Aging (listed below) are participating in the program.  COA staff were trained by RMV staff and are now able to assist residents with conducting online transactions as well as help to locate important RMV forms, documents and resources online.

Participating Councils on Aging: Adams, Amesbury, Athol, Bellingham, Blackstone, Blandford, Brewster, Brimfield, Brockton, Clinton, Chester, Dartmouth, East Longmeadow, Easthampton, Erving, Framingham, Franklin, Gardner, Gloucester, Granby, Great Barrington, Halifax, Holden, Huntington, Lawrence, Littleton, Longmeadow, Merrimac, Methuen, Middlefield, Middleton, Millbury, Monson, New Bedford, Newton, Nahant, Peabody, Pembroke, Pittsfield, Plymouth, Rowley, Russell, Scituate, Sharon, Sheffield, Spencer, Wakefield, Wales, West Boylston, Westford, Westwood, Wilmington, Winchendon, and Woburn.

See the full announcement at the RMV website: http://www.massrmv.com/tabid/1609/ctl/detail/mid/4285/itemid/732/Baker-Polito-Administration-Launches-New–RMV-Near-Me–Program-Partners-with-Councils-on-Aging-to-offer-assistance-with-online-transactions-.aspx


February 18, 2016   No Comments

Wipers On, Lights On

New “Wipers On, Lights On” Law

Effective April 7, 2015, drivers are required to turn on your on your headlights and taillights whenever conditions require you to use your windshield wipers.  If cited, the law allows you to be charged a fine and puts a “minor surchargeable traffic violation” on your driving record (which lasts up to 6 years).

Keep safe and keep it simple: when your wipers are on, your lights should be on as well.

April 13, 2015   No Comments

RMV plate lottery

The RMV started the low plate lottery.  Contact us for a list of available plates & the application.

June 17, 2014   No Comments

Boston Strong License Plates

On Friday, April 18th, Governor Deval Patrick signed a bill to create “Boston Strong” license plates. After a signing ceremony in the State House with the sponsor of the bill, Rep. Angelo Puppolo of Springfield, Registrar Celia Blue and Transportation Secretary Richard Davey, Patrick said he “enthusiastically” signed the bill, which cleared the House and Senate unanimously.

The proceeds from sales of the license plates will be donated to the One Fund for victims of the marathon bombings. “It’s a marvelous gesture to acknowledge what we all went through, both those who were affected directly and all the rest of us who were affected indirectly and the celebration of Boston Strong, which I believe is an incredible statement of community and the strength of this community and the most enduring lesson to come out of that experience a year ago,” Patrick said. Transportation Secretary Richard Davey expects the plates to be available in the late summer or early fall after MassDOT works with the One Fund to design the image.

“The Boston Strong license plate will give the citizens of the Commonwealth the opportunity to contribute additional financial support to those who were impacted by this tragedy,” said Puppolo, a Springfield Democrat, in a statement. “In addition, Boston Strong license plates on vehicles throughout Massachusetts and wherever their owners travel will be one more way to honor the victims and their families and let them know they will not be forgotten.”

April 28, 2014   No Comments

CDL Self-Certify Extension

The MassDOT RMV Division announced that the deadline for holders of Commercial Driver‘s Licenses (CDL) to “self-certify” has been extended for 90 days from the original January 30, 2014 deadline to April 30, 2014.

February 24, 2014   No Comments

Hurricane Sandy Title Scam

The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles has made the following statement regarding a Title scam:

MassDOT’s Registry of Motor Vehicles is urging used car consumers in the Greater Springfield area to pay extra attention to vehicles with out-of-state Oregon titles.  Reconstructed titles from Oregon are being used to mask vehicles damaged during Hurricane Sandy.

“Scammers are pretending to go across country to gain consumer’s trust.  We have seen more than 50 titles that fit this bill from Oregon,” said Registrar Rachel Kaprielian.

While water damage may be covered up in the short-term, long-term concerns include electrical system failure and safety problems.

The RMV is taking precautions in its branches and upping the scrutiny given to these types of titles; but consumers should be watchful for this type of scam.  The matter has also been referred to law enforcement.

Consumers are urged to visit www.vehiclehistroy.gov or www.carfax.com/flood before making a purchase.

Red flags on these reports will include: a Damage Report Filed on 10/29/2013 indicating a Total Loss Vehicle, a New York or New Jersey Salvage Title Issued, and a Title issued by the Oregon Motor Vehicle Department.  It is important to note that evn though a “Reconstructed” Title has been issed, these vehicles have potentially not undergone any type of Salvage Inspection.

August 19, 2013   No Comments


Introducing the new T-Alerts

T-Alerts lets you sign up to receive notifications of delays and disruptions, as well as advanced notice of planned service changes, by e-mail or text message (SMS). The MBTA is launching a new T-Alerts service on June 4 that will provide clearer alerts with more detail and more reliably. You can sign up for this service right now to begin receiving alerts on June 4. Current subscribers must sign up for the new service to continue receiving alerts on June 4


July 30, 2013   No Comments

“Toy” season!

It is “toy” season!  Verify registration and insurance status of the good weather vehicles (motorcycles, boats, trailers, convertables) before using them.

May 3, 2013   No Comments

Mass Transportation update from Twitter

From @MassDOT on Twitter: Update: #RMV Plymouth branch is now able to process transactions. Thank you for your patience while the issue with Verizon was resolved.

July 27, 2012   No Comments

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