How Do I Cancel my Plates and Registration?

How Do I Cancel my Plates and RegistrationDid you recently sell your car, or maybe even donate it? Is your car going to be stored or undergoing repairs for an extended period of time? Or maybe you just got rid of your vehicle altogether. If so, it’s important that you follow these steps to cancel your plates and registration.

You can now cancel your plates online by visiting the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) website at Once there, click on the “Cancel my plate/registration” link under the Online Service Center tab and follow the prompts.

To cancel your plates online, you will need your Massachusetts registration number and email address, as well as one of the following: a Massachusetts license, permit, or ID number; the last four digits of your Social Security number; or the FID number if the vehicle is registered to a company or corporation such as if you are leasing it.

Once all of the required information is filled out, remember to print out two copies of the Registration Cancellation Receipt. One copy should be provided to your insurance company and the other copy should go to your city or town Assessor’s Office to see if you qualify for an abatement on your excise tax.

The RMV is no longer requiring people to mail or bring in their plates when cancelling a registration. If you still have the physical plates, you are responsible for recycling or destroying them.

There are two instances when your car registration cannot be cancelled online: if the vehicle has two owners or if you are cancelling somebody else’s registration. In either of these cases, your cancellation request can be processed at a nearby RMV branch. Be sure to download an Affidavit for Cancellation of Registration form.

For more information or questions on how to cancel your plates and registration, please contact McGrath Insurance Group at 508-347-6850 or

*This article is written for informational purposes only and should not be construed as providing legal advice.