Appealing An RMV Decision
Have you had your license suspended, reinstatement denied, hardship denied or had any other action taken against you by the Registry of Motor Vehicles that you didn’t like?
Did you know that you can appeal?
Every final decision by the RMV is appealable to the Massachusetts Division of Insurance Board of Appeal. You must file your appeal within 10 days of getting notice of the Registry decision. Even where the RMV is required to make a particular decision, the Board of Appeal can review your individual circumstances and overturn the RMV if they think it is the right thing to do.
The appeal costs $50, and you will be notified of a date and time to appear before three members of the Board. An attorney from the RMV will explain why the Registry took the action that they did, and present a copy of the RMV record to you and to the Board. You can then call witnesses and/or explain why you think the RMV decision was wrong. The Board will deliberate and issue a decision in the mail within 7-10 days.
Many people wonder whether these appeals are just rubber stamps that always approve of what the RMV did. I can tell you from experience that they are not. The Board of Appeal is committed to giving everybody a fair hearing, making sure they understand the facts and do what is both right and legal. In the event that you think the Board of Appeal got the law wrong, you can appeal to Superior Court.