Given the current state of the economy, many Massachusetts drivers are having trouble paying child support, traffic citations, excise tax, and license reinstatement fees. I have received numerous inquiries regarding the possibility of getting a hardship license or waiver of license reinstatement fees based on financial hardship, while a suspension for non-payment is in effect. Unfortunately, neither the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles nor the RMV Board of Appeal affords this type of financial hardship relief.
The only way to clear a payment default suspension is to pay the citation and you cannot get a hardship, or any type of Massachusetts license, unless and until all financial obligations are met. Likewise, neither the Mass. RMV nor the RMV Board of Appeal will clear a child support suspension without a release from the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR).
The Board of Appeal does not waive reinstatement fees and the Registry requires payment in full prior to renewing or reinstating a suspended, revoked, or expired Massachusetts driver’s license.