The Registry of Motor Vehicles will suspend or revoke your Massachusetts Driver’s License, or right to operate in Massachusetts, whenever the Registry receives notification from the police that you used or were found in possession of a so-called “fake ID” or license belonging to another. This violation carries a 6 month license suspension.
Being caught with a “fake ID” or someone else’s driver’s license is completely different from being charged with providing false information to the Registry when applying for a license or Registry identification card. Providing false information known as “Comp. Fraud Lic/ID.” This is a felony which carries a sentence of 5 years in state prison and a mandatory license revocation. Being caught with a “fake id” or someone else’s license is not necessarily a crime.
The Registry treats out of state violations as if they had occurred here. This means that if you are caught with a false license, fake id, or someone else’s license in another state, and that state reports the incident to the RMV, your license will be suspended here in Massachusetts, in addition to any suspension or revocation which the other state imposes.
In order to clear a “fake id” suspension, you must first be clear in the state where you were caught and in the National Driver Register. Once you are clear in the NDR, you can work on getting clearance or a hardship license with respect to the suspension here in Massachusetts. A lawyer may be able to help you get your license back.
Massachusetts false license suspensions must be cleared by satisfying the Registry and Mass. State Police of your true identity and explaining how and why the license fraud occurred. You are entitled to be represented by an attorney at any license fraud hearing and having a skilled lawyer defend you may be very beneficial.
If you are dealing with a false license suspension or revocation, contact Attorney Brian E. Simoneau at 508-656-0057 for a free review of your situation.