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Canceling MA Vehicle Registration Guide

NOTE: License plates do not have to be returned to the RMV when registration is cancelled. (Updated: 04/07/2021)


Canceling Massachusetts Vehicle Registration Process


“You will need to provide your: Vehicle registration (license plate) number Email address and 1 of the following: Driver’s license/permit/ID number Social Security Number (SSN) FID number (If car/truck is registered to a company/corporation) Once the cancellation is complete, you can download a Registration Cancellation Receipt.”

Is There a Fee for Canceling Your Vehicle Registration in Massachusetts?

In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as of April 2021, there isn’t a fee to cancel your plates and registration in MA.


Do I need the “Registration Cancellation Receipt”?

YES! You should save this and keep an email copy to make sure your car insurance policy is canceled correctly.

Please keep the Registration Cancellation Receipt for your records and provide a photocopy to your insurance company. Once you cancel your registration, your car/truck cannot be driven on any public way in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. When your registration is canceled, the RMV will provide you with a registration cancellation receipt. Once your registration is canceled, you must recycle or destroy your license plates. Plates can be cut in half and discarded; or you can recycle destroyed plates if your town accepts them at the local recycle center.