Massachusetts requires that Tufts University inform all Tufts University students that any student who has a vehicle with license plates from a state other than Massachusetts or plates from a country other than the United States that once per school year that student is required to:
- Fill out four (4) copies of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation Nonresident Driver Statement
- Turn all four copies in to the Tufts University Public Safety Administrative Services office on the campus the student is based.
- At that time Administrative Services will issue the student a Nonresident Student Driver Decal.
- Affix the Nonresident Driver Decal prominently in the uppermost center portion of the vehicle’s windshield
Failure to comply can result in a fine of up to $200
Why is this done by Tufts and not by Massachusetts?
Massachusetts requires all universities in the state, including Tufts University, to inform their students of this requirement. Normally the student is required to file the Nonresident Driver Statement with the local police departemet bus since Tufts has three campuses, Boston, Grafton and Medford/Somerville, Public Safety Administrative Services collects the Nonresident Driver Statements and forwards them to the appropriate police departments.
What if I live in another state and commute to and from Tufts?
Even if they live outside of Massachusetts and commute to and from Tufts, any student who has a vehicle with license plates from any state other than Massachusetts or any country other than the United States is required to fill out a Massachusetts Nonresident Driver Statement if they drive their vehicle in Massachusetts.
What does Tufts do with this information?
Tufts is required by law to collect this information by the state of Massachusetts. Tufts files the four submitted forms with:
- The Massachusetts DMV
- The police department of the municipality of the Tufts University campus where the student based out of.
- The Tax Assessor of the municipality of the Tufts University campus where the student based out of
- The Public Safety Administrative Service office on the campus where the student is based.
What if I don’t drive my vehicle to Tufts?
Even if they never drive their vehicle to Tufts, any Tufts student who has a vehicle with license plates from any state other than Massachusetts or any country other than the United States is required to fill out a Massachusetts Nonresident Driver Statement if they drive their vehicle in Massachusetts.
If I live in Massachusetts, how can I be considered a Nonresident?
The permit is not based on where a student lives but where the vehicle's license plates are from. For the purpose of the Massachusetts Nonresident Driver Statement, any student who has a vehicle with a license plate from any state other than Massachusetts or any country other than the United States is required to fill out the Massachusetts Nonresident Driver Statement regardless of if they live in Massachusetts or not.
What if I already have a Tufts Resident / Tufts Commuter parking permit?
The Tufts Resident and Commuter parking permits are not related to the Massachusetts Nonresident Driver Statement. The Massachusetts Nonresident Driver Statement needs to be filled out by anyone who has a vehicle with license plates from any state other than Massachusetts or from a country other than the United States regardless of if they have purchased the right to park on Tufts property.
What if I have a Massachusetts Nonresident Student Decal from last year? Is this something that has to be done every year?
Yes. Massachusetts Nonresident Driver Statements must be filled out once per school year. Starting in the 2012-2013 school year, an expiration date has been added to the permit.
What if I am a Massachusetts resident with a vehicle registered in another state/country?
Even if they are a Massachusetts resident, any student who has a vehicle with license plates from a state other than Massachusetts or from a country other than the United States is required to fill out the Massachusetts Nonresident Driver Statement.
What if I am a Massachusetts resident with Massachusetts car registration and license plates?
This only pertains to students with vehicles that have license plates from states other than Massachusetts or from countries other than the United States. If you have Massachusetts plates, you do not need to fill out this form.
Why am I required to fill out a Massachusetts Nonresident Driver Statement?
Filling out this form exempts Tufts students from the Massachusetts requirement to become MA residents - including changing over their drivers license and license plates - while they attend Tufts University.
Click Here for a PDF version of the Nonresident Driver Statement that can be filled out and printed out in advance.
Students may also visit the Tufts University Public Safety Administrative Services office and fill out the forms in person.
Public Safety Administrative Services Offices
Boston Campus - Biomedical Research & Public Health Building – 136 Harrison Ave. M&V Wing, 1st Floor – (617) 636-0392 – (6-0392)
Grafton Campus - Administrative Services Building – 200 Westborough Road – (508) 887-4392 – (8-4392)
Medford Campus – Dowling Hall Garage - 419 Boston Ave., 1st Floor – (617) 627-3692 – (7-3692)
“Pursuant to the provisions of M.G.L c.90 § 3, as amended by chapter 46 of the acts of 2003, this form must be completed in quadruplicate by every nonresident enrolled as a student at a public or private school or college in the Commonwealth during any period beginning on September 1st of any year and ending on August 31st of the following year, who operates a motor vehicle in Massachusetts that is registered in another state or country. This applies to students commuting from out-of-state to a school in Massachusetts and students temporarily residing in Massachusetts, whether living on campus or not. This completed form must be filed with the Police department in the city or town where the school is located. The Police department must provide a copy to the school, the local assessor, and the RMV. The school will issue the required decal, which must be affixed to the uppermost center portion of the windshield. The penalty for a nonresident’s failure to comply as required is up to $200.00.”