Temporary Plates – Illegal in MA – sometimes…

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There are many things that come up on a daily basis that create problems for our customers.

Due to a lack of information and “unique” State Laws when we have a customer purchase a vehicle out of state and then drive it back into MA – without previously registering the vehicle in MA – they are driving illegally.

Temporary plates are not allowed in the Commonwealth.

If making an out of state purchase, please contact your account manager for more details on how to properly transition.

The MA DOT issued the following statement:

Massachusetts does not issue temporary registration plates for its own residents but it does recognize temporary registration plates validly registered in other states to non-residents of Massachusetts who are temporarily operating in this state (assuming the plates are not expired or suspended.) Thus, a Connecticut resident operating a motor vehicle in Massachusetts on validly issued temporary Connecticut registration plates is OK, but a Massachusetts resident operating a newly purchased motor vehicle in Massachusetts with validly issued temporary Connecticut plates is not.

A Massachusetts resident who purchases a motor vehicle in another state must apply for and attach valid Massachusetts registration plates to the vehicle before he/she can drive the vehicle back to Massachusetts.

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