The Massachusetts DMV

Massachusetts License Bureau Requirements

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation, or MassDOT, serves as the license
bureau for all cities and towns in Massachusetts. This license bureau was created
in 2009 by governor decree, and served to streamline the previous separate
transportation agencies that had been operating in the state. MassDOT is now in
charge of Mass Transit, Highway, Aeronautics, and the Registry of Motor Vehicles.
Specifically, the Registry of Motor Vehicles is the license and registration bureau
for all vehicle and aircraft in the state. This includes overseeing inspection
stations for both non-commercial and commercial vehicles.

Massachusetts Licensing Bureau One Of The First In The Nation

The state of New York was the first state to require owners to register their
automobiles. This began in 1901, as roads in the northeast became clogged with
autos, pedestrians and horse drawn carriages. Massachusetts quickly followed New
York by requiring registration plates in 1903, as well as driver licensing.
Massachusetts officials had already formed a Commission of Inquiry, whose purpose
was to report on the condition of the many roads. The origins of the MassDOT can be
traced back to this Commission.

Today the MassDOT, or license bureau, is available online. Their site has extensive
listings and links including information on driving evaluation programs, elder
driver workshops and information on obtaining commercial licensure. Their site also
offers online quizzes and courses, tips for saving fuel and a car-buying guide.

Different Licenses For Qualified Operators

Massachusetts requires special licensure for the operation of school buses,
motorcycles and commercial vehicles. For people interested in getting a CDL
license, MassDOT offers a written test that must be passed in order to get a permit.
A CDL permit is good for two years. A person who then applies for a commercial
driving license must pass both a written and a driving test.

When taking the road test, the driver has to supply the commercial vehicle. The
driver also has to obtain a valid medical certificate from MassDOT. If someone has
obtained a CDL license in another state, the license bureau allows it to be
converted to a Massachusetts CDL license as long as certain criteria are met. The
criteria includes proof of two years driving experience, copy of driving records and
verification of employment. Massachusetts is considered one of the toughest states
when it comes to CDL licensure, along with California.

Massachusetts License Bureau Allows Online Transactions

The MassDOT has made many transactions available online. This was a move
specifically created to cut down on wait times at local branch offices. License
bureau renewals, duplicates and permits can all be done online. Residents can also
fill out a change of address, request driving records and pay citation fines online.
Massachusetts citizens can also conduct registration renewal and duplicate requests
right from the comfort of their own home. The MassDOT website has forms and manuals
that can be downloaded for quick processing. The Massachusetts license bureau has a
Twitter account and maintains its own blog, both of which can be accessed on their
home site.

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State License Bureau Needs To Go Private

State License Bureau Needs To Go Private

It is a common fact that most people know about government agencies, all of them are inefficient. The states need to get out of the license bureau business. The cost of producing license plates, even using prison labor, is very costly. Private enterprise could produce, manage, and distribute state license plates at a cheaper rate and more efficient pace.

The equipment most states use in producing license plates is antique by today’s standards. In Europe license plates are manufactured using a faster and safer method. Some states have begun producing “Flat” style license plates. The problem with this method is there life is shortened and require the consumer to replace them more often.

In most of Europe if you need to get an license plate you simply go to a private business and get it there. Private small companies produce the license plate and handle the paperwork. There system is efficient, cost effective and hassle free.

Here in the states the local license bureau which have control over the distribution of license plates are in majority of cases inefficient. Many of them have long lines along with rude attitudes. Lots of license bureau’s are politically controlled by whichever party is in control at the time.

We are now vastly into the computer age and information is handled in many times within minutes. Private small business could issue license plates and streamline the process to a minimum. With the vast computer technology they could provide the required information to the state database also. In the end you would have a much easier, cheaper, and more efficient private license bureau branch.

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Department of Motor Vehicles Appointments 101

Department of Motor Vehicles Appointments 101

If you have an upcoming appointment with the department of motor vehicles in your
area, you might think it’s just a quick trip and you’ll be able to dash in and dash
out. However, most of the time, a trip to the DMV is a little more involved than
that. Usually, no matter where you live, the department of motor vehicles is a very
busy place with what seems like never enough clerks to wait on people. Below, you’ll
find some important information and tips to help you survive a trip to the DMV.

Paperwork – One of the most important things you can do is make sure you’ve got all
the paperwork you’ll need for your visit to the department of motor vehicles.
Depending upon what you’re there for, you may need proof of residency, name change
information, ticket or traffic violation papers, or a number of other things. It’s
important that you have everything with you when you come or you could risk losing
your place in line and being unable to get done what you visited the DMV for.

Eye Glasses – Something you might not normally think about bringing is your
eyeglasses. If you have glasses for reading and you’ll be taking a driving test,
you’ll need those eyeglasses to pass the eye exam. If you can’t pass the eye exam
with satisfactory results, you’ll have to come back to the department of motor
vehicles at another time to take a test.

Children – If you’ll be bringing your children with you to the department of motor
vehicles, you should probably bring a few things to keep them occupied. It can be a
long wait and it’s easy for children to become bored and grow restless. Pack a few
books, some coloring books, or handheld games that will keep them occupied as you
wait for your turn at the counter. You know your own children, so make sure to bring
things that they will enjoy and that will keep them out of mischief.

Once you’re prepared, your trip to the department of motor vehicles will be much
smoother and more easy to handle. Just remember to bring all the paperwork you’re
going to need, your eyeglasses (if you wear them) and things to keep your children
occupied. This will make the day go by a little faster, even if the clerks at the
DMV seem to be moving incredibly slowly!

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