Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Law

The Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Law requires that all out-of-state students, including those who do not bring cars to Massachusetts, sign an acknowledgement that they have been informed of the law.

The Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Law requires out-of-state students bringing vehicles into the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to file a nonresident driver statement with the local police department in the city in which their university is located: “It is unlawful for a resident student to fail to file a nonresident driver statement with the police department located in the same city or town as the school or college attended, in accordance with Section 3 of Chapter 90 of the Massachusetts General Laws. Failure to file such statement is punishable by a fine not to exceed $200.”

Boston University, in turn, is required by the Commonwealth to keep a record and provide proof to the state that students have been apprised of the law. Eligible students must formally acknowledge they have been notified of the law by clicking on the acknowledge button at www.bu.edu/link/shortcut/massmotorlaw. Students who fail to do so will not be in compliance and will be unable to register for upcoming semesters.

Instructions for complying with the law:

  • All out-state-students, including those who do not bring cars to Massachusetts, are required to read the statement on www.bu.edu/link/shortcut/massmotorlaw and click on “I acknowledge.”
  • In addition, STUDENTS BRINGING VEHICLES into the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are required to download and complete the Nonresident Driver Statement from the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles website at http://www.massrmv.com/rmv/forms/20098.pdf
  • Mail form to:
    Office of the University Registrar
    881 Commonwealth Avenue
    Boston, MA 02215
  • The Registrar’s Office will mail a copy of the student’s form to the Boston Police Department. The Registrar’s Office will then mail a state-approved decal to the student’s local address. This decal must be prominently displayed in the uppermost center portion of the windshield of the student’s vehicle.