Police Department

Non-Resident Student Drivers

Massachusetts state law requires that full-time Emerson students who operate a motor vehicle that is registered in another state, but which remains in the Commonwealth for a period exceeding 30 days between September 1 of any year and August 31 of the following year, must file a RMV Nonresident Driver Statement with the Boston Police Department.

This Statement, which must be signed under penalties of perjury, calls for the following information:

  • registration number and make of the motor vehicle and state or county of registration
  • name and local and out of state addresses of the owner
  • names and addresses of all insurers providing liability insurance covering the vehicle
  • legal residence of the non-resident student and his/her residence while attending college
  • name and address of the college which he or she is attending.  

Emerson students can obtain the Non-Resident Driver Statement application online or at the Emerson College Police Department Office, located at 80 Boylston Street.

Emerson students who are required to complete this application should submit their completed applications to the Boston Police Department at the following address:

District A-1 Auto Room
40 New Sudbury Street
Boston, MA 02114

After receiving a completed Non-Resident Driver Statement application from an Emerson student, the Boston Police Department will send a copy of the completed form to Emerson College’s Police Department, and Emerson’s Police Departmenty will then issue that student a special Commonwealth of Massachusetts non-resident student driver decal, which the student should promptly affix to the upper-center portion of the front windshield of his or her vehicle.

Massachusetts General Law chapter 90, section 3 specifically requires that Emerson share the following warning notice with all students who are not Massachusetts residents:

“IT IS UNLAWFUL FOR A NON-RESIDENT STUDENT TO FAIL TO FILE A NON-RESIDENT 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 $200.00.”

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