RMV extends deadlines for renewal of registration, inspection stickers

Registry of Motor Vehicles security officers from Internal Security Association keep social distancing in effect in the line outside the Lawrence RMV, one of eight RMV offices open, and only by appointment. People were let in as they were able to be served. (SUN/Julia Malakie)
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LOWELL – Is your vehicle registration expiring in April? Don’t rush to the Registry — you now have 60 additional days to renew it, according to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.

All passenger plate registrations that expired in March have been extended until May 31, and all registrations expiring in April will be extended until June 30. Renewals can be completed online, and will not be handled in-person at Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles service centers, according to a news release.

Deadlines for renewing safety and emissions inspection stickers set to expire on March 31 or April 30 have also been extended by 60 days. Stickers expiring on May 31 must be renewed by June 30. The deadline for inspecting newly registered vehicles has been extended by 60 days.

Two weeks ago, the RMV reopened service centers at the following locations: Boston/Haymarket, Brockton, Fall River, Lawrence, Pittsfield, Plymouth, Springfield and Worcester. But despite protocols to prevent crowding, more than 100 people waited shoulder-to-shoulder outside the Haymarket service center on March 18.

The RMV has since announced that it will not accept walk-ins at its service centers currently open to the public.

Limited in-person service is available by appointment only. Those who arrive without an appointment will be asked to leave and make an appointment for another date. Customers can make reservations online at mass.gov/rmv.

Only services that require an in-person transaction will be handled at the service centers, including the issuance of commercial driving licenses or permits, some new registrations, new state identification, and out-of-state conversions.

All driver’s licenses, ID cards and learner’s permits — including commercial licenses and permits — that expire between March 1 and April 30 will be extended by 60 days. The extension doesn’t apply to those whose end of stay in the country is the same as the expiration date on their credentials.

Commercial driver’s license medical certificates that expire between March 1 and April 30 will be extended to June 30 to “alleviate demand on medical providers,” a MassDOT news release states.

Road tests have been suspended through April 12, and Class D and M learner’s permit exams have been suspended indefinitely. Commercial learner’s permit tests are available at the Milford and Wilmington RMV service centers during normal business hours. Commercial driver’s license road tests will still be administered at these locations.

For more information, visit mass.gov/info-details/rmv-covid-19-information.