In March of 2016, the Massachusetts Legislature enacted House Bill 4088. This bill eliminates all drug-related license suspensions except those for trafficking in fentanyl or a Class A, B, or C controlled substance. Therefore, the Registry of Motor Vehicles can still automatically suspend a license for 5 years for trafficking in heroin, fentanyl, cocaine, and certain other drugs. However, there is now no longer any license suspension for trafficking in marijuana or any other drug crime such as unlawful possession, possession with intent to distribute, conspiracy to violate the controlled substance act, and distribution of controlled substances.
Except for the above-listed trafficking charges, anyone who has had his or her Massachusetts Driver’s License or right to operate suspended can apply for an immediate reinstatement. The law prevents the Registry from charging the $500.00 reinstatement fee which is customarily charged for drug-related reinstatements.