Nonresident Driver Policy

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 the city in which their school is located.

Pursuant to M.G.L. ch.90 s.3, every nonresident enrolled as a student who operates a motor vehicle in Massachusetts that is registered in another state during any period beginning September 1st of any year and ending on August 31 of the following year must file a RMV “Nonresident Driver Statement” with the local police department. Failure to file such statement is punishable by a fine not to exceed $200.

HCHC is required by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to keep a record and provide proof to the state that students have been apprised of the law.

Who does this apply to?

  • Any student that lives in on-campus housing that operates a vehicle in Massachusetts and does not have a Massachusetts license plate.
  • Any student that is temporarily or permanently residing in Massachusetts that operates a vehicle in Massachusetts and does not have a Massachusetts license plate.

Who does this NOT apply to?

  • Faculty, staff, vendors, visitors or volunteers.
  • Any student that operates a vehicle WITH a Massachusetts license plate.
  • Any student that commutes to campus and does not reside in Massachusetts (i.e. only comes to campus for classes but lives out of state permanently or temporarily).

Instructions

Students bringing vehicles into Massachusetts whose vehicles do not have a Massachusetts license plate are required to download and complete the Massachusetts Department of Transportation Nonresident Driver Statement form. This form must be completed for every vehicle. Once completed, bring the form to the Housing & Security Office located on the 2nd floor of the HCHC Administration Building. If you are mailing the form please mail it to the attention of George A. Georgenes.

Additional Information

HCHC will mail a copy of the student’s form to the Brookline Police Department. HCHC will then mail a state-approved decal to the student’s local address. This decal must be prominently displayed in the uppermost center portion of the windshield of the student’s vehicle. There is no cost for the decal and it is valid until the student’s expected graduation date. This decal IS NOT a substitute for an HCHC parking permit decal.