The Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Law requires that all out-of-state students, including those who do not bring cars to Massachusetts, sign an acknowledgement that they have been informed of the law.

The Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Law requires out-of-state students bringing vehicles into the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to file a nonresident driver statement with the local police department in which their school is located.

“It is unlawful for a resident student to fail to file a nonresident driver statement with the police department located in the same city or town as the school or college attended, in accordance with Section 3 of Chapter 90 of the Massachusetts General laws. Failure to file such a statement is punishable by a fine not to exceed $200.”

New England Conservatory, in turn, is required by the Commonwealth to keep a record and provide proof to the state that students have been apprised of the law. Eligible students must formally acknowledge they have been notified of the law by completing an acknowledgement (available in the Office of Student Services) each year they are enrolled at the Conservatory.

Instructions for complying with the law

  • All out-of-state students, including those who do not bring cars to Massachusetts, are required to read and sign the acknowledgment form.
  • In addition, students bringing vehicles into the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are required to download and complete the Nonresident Driver Statement from the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles.
  • Deliver form (by mail or in person) to the Registrar in the Office of Student Services.
  • The Registrar will mail completed forms to the Boston Police Department and will then provide a state-approved decal to the student. This decal must be prominently displayed in the uppermost center portion of the windshield of the student’s vehicle.

2012-04-23


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