Driving in the U.S. and Public Transportation
Driving in the United States
Applying for a Massachusetts Driver's LicenseIf you plan to drive in the U.S., you must have a valid driver's license. Often students and scholars may apply for a driver’s permit first and later obtain a full driver’s license once they understand the rules and regulations of driving in the U.S. You must present original documentation in person at the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) to apply. In addition to providing the appropriate documentation, you will also need to pass a written test, eye screening exam, and a road test.
If you do not drive, but would like an alternate identification card that you can use instead of your passport for common transactions, you may apply for a Massachusetts State ID or Liquor ID.