When a loved one passes away, among the many responsibilities you'll need to handle is notifying various entities about the death. If your loved one was a Massachusetts resident with a driver's license or state ID, one of these entities is the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV).
Who Should Be Notified
The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles should be notified in the event of a death of any individual holding a Massachusetts driver's license or state ID. This prevents potential identity theft and ensures the cancellation of the deceased's driving privileges.
When to Notify
You should notify the Massachusetts RMV as soon as it's practical. While it may not be your first priority, it's important to do within a few weeks of your loved one's passing.
How to Notify
To report a death to the Massachusetts RMV, you can mail a copy of the death certificate along with a letter requesting cancellation of the deceased's driver's license to: Registry of Motor Vehicles, Attention: Driver Control Unit, P.O. Box 55889, Boston, MA 02205-5889.
What to Expect After Notification
After receiving your notification, the RMV will update their records to reflect the individual's passing. They will cancel the deceased's driver's license or ID and remove them from the active database. This ensures that the license cannot be misused.
Tips for Notification
Ensure you keep copies of all the documents that you send to the RMV, including the letter you write. This will be useful for your records and in case there are any discrepancies or issues in the future.
While dealing with the loss of a loved one, it's important to take the necessary steps to protect their identity and wrap up their affairs, including notifying the Massachusetts RMV. Being prepared and understanding the process can make this task a bit easier during a difficult time.
Q: Can I notify the RMV online?
A: Currently, the Massachusetts RMV does not offer an online process to report a death. The notification must be sent by mail.
Q: What if my loved one also owned a vehicle?
A: Ownership of the vehicle will need to be transferred or sold. This process involves additional steps with the RMV, including transferring the title and registration. It's best to contact the RMV or seek legal advice for this process.
Q: Do I need to return the deceased's driver's license to the RMV?
A: No, you do not need to return the license. The RMV will simply cancel it in their system.