Make Sure to Get Your Annual Inspection Sticker
Beginning the week of February 15th, the RMV will begin an informational campaign to remind customers with an expired inspection sticker that it’s time to get their annual safety and emissions inspection.
This campaign will email all customers with active registrations, an expired sticker, and an email address on file in ATLAS. These emails will remind customers that their stickers are expired and encourage them to get their vehicles inspected as soon as possible.
At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, some extensions were granted to annual inspection stickers expiring between March and May of 2020. Those extensions have since expired and no further extensions are planned. There are 1,800 local inspection stations across Massachusetts that are open for business and conducting inspections safely in accordance with state public health guidelines and safety protocols.
Beware of REAL ID Text Scams
The MA RMV wants to remind customers that they never request personal information via text message. There has been a REAL ID text scam going around in several states, where customers receive unsolicited text messages about REAL IDs and updating their licenses. The messages come from numbers claiming to be state government agencies. These messages are fake, and customers should NOT click on the links. They should delete the messages.
The American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) shared reports about this serious cybersecurity threat in other states. Although Massachusetts is NOT among the states impacted by the REAL ID scam (at this time), it is important for MA customers to be aware of it, and to know that the MA RMV will never request personal information via text message.
Starting on Oct. 1, 2021, you must have either a REAL ID or another federally compliant document to fly domestically.