If you have received a Notice of Compromised ID from the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles, you may be suspected of license fraud and you should consult with a lawyer. The Mass. RMV uses sophisticated fraud detection tools such as data cross-matching and facial recognition to detect and investigate fraud.
License fraud occurs when a customer provides false information to the Registry of Motor Vehicles when applying for a Massachusetts Learner’s Permit, Driver’s License, or Identification Card. The Registry’s Special Investigations Unit investigates these cases which are referred to Enforcement Services for hearings.
Whenever the Registry believes that information provided in any application for a Massachusetts License or Identification Card may might not be accurate it will send the customer a Notice of Compromised ID.
The Compromised ID Letter instructs the customer to contact Enforcement Services to schedule a hearing. The customer is required to prove his or her true identity with official documents. The customer must also prove his or her lawful presence in the United States.
Once the customer’s identity and lawful presence have been established, he or she will have to explain the alleged license fraud to the hearing officer’s complete satisfaction.
These license fraud hearings are only held at 137 Stuart Street in Boston and they must be scheduled in advance. No walk-in hearings are available. If a hearing is not scheduled in a timely manner, the Registry will issue an indefinite “COMP FRAUD LIC/ID” revocation, which cannot be resolved without a hearing at Enforcement Services.
License fraud is a felony in Massachusetts, pursuant to G.L. c. 90 § 24B it carries a maximum potential penalty of 5 years in state prison. Anyone who has received a Notice of Compromised ID should contact a lawyer who specializes in these types of cases.