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Old 06-15-2011, 09:20 AM
 
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Default What do I need to become a mass resident

I am moving from NH to Mass next month and I know I'll have to take a whole day to change over my license, plates, registration, etc.

Does anyone know what I need to have with me to do this successfully?

Or in which order?

do i need to go to the RMV first to change my license, then switch my registration/plates, then get insurance?

should I get insurance first, then register my car?

I know I should have my out-of-state ID, proof of NH car insurance and registration, and the title to my car (which I own and owe no money on) but is there anything else I need to collect and bring with me?

I want to do this all in one day, if possible, so I want to be as prepared as I can.
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Old 06-15-2011, 02:51 PM
 
Location: Massatucky
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Call your insurance agent they will walk you through it.
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Old 06-15-2011, 04:33 PM
 
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These two pages on Massachusett's RMV web site have all the info you need:

On converting an out of state license: Massachusetts RMV - Converting an Out-of-State License
On converting an out of state registration: RMV - Converting an Out-of-State License
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Old 06-16-2011, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Newton, Mass.
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You need the number of the insurance policy before you can register the car in MA (they ask for it on the form). So contact insurance first and they can walk you through it, as someone mentioned.

But it's not that complicated. Assuming you can keep the same insurance company, you notify the insurance company of your move. Then you go to RMV and register the car in MA. In addition to the form for registering a car (check of "converting an out-of-state registration"), you'll need to fill out a form (MVU-29?) to be exempt from paying MA sales tax on the car. If you had it registered in your name in NH for more than 6 months, you don't have to pay.

You can convert your license at the same time or go back and do it anytime within 30 days of moving to MA.

Just be sure to check the RMV website for their ID requirements. Without the proper docs you'll be turned away.
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Old 06-20-2011, 09:45 AM
 
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I am moving from NH to Mass next month and I know I'll have to take a whole day to change over my license, plates, registration, etc.

Does anyone know what I need to have with me to do this successfully?

Or in which order?

do i need to go to the RMV first to change my license, then switch my registration/plates, then get insurance?

should I get insurance first, then register my car?

I know I should have my out-of-state ID, proof of NH car insurance and registration, and the title to my car (which I own and owe no money on) but is there anything else I need to collect and bring with me?

I want to do this all in one day, if possible, so I want to be as prepared as I can.
Once you have proof of MA residence (Lease, Mail Forwarding Confirmation that was sent to your MA address) You can do it. Without the combo of lease and letter from USPS you'll need to wait to get a utility bill at the new address. Re-Insure your car in MA, If you use a Ins company in NH that also does business in MA make sure a NEW policy is issued, LEGALLY they can just change your address and adjust limits if necessary but this creates a MAJOR headache at the Registry because you'll have a NH policy with a MA address. You can do it but not worth the headache. MUCH easier to get a new policy. Bring you current NH Lic and Registration, Birth Cert, SS all the stuff you got your NH one with and It typically goes pretty smooth. If your car is financed they'll take a certified copy of your title from the bank. Only crappy part is MA makes you convert your Lic, go back and wait again in line to do the reg. I've moved in and out of the state a couple times
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