- Planning Your Move
- Moving With Pets
- Moving Day Parking Restrictions
- Change of Address
- Establishing Residency
- Converting an Out-Of-State Driver’s License
- Converting a Driver’s License From a Foreign Country
- Changing a Massachusetts Driver’s License or ID Address
- Converting an Out-Of-State Vehicle Registration
- Bringing Leased Vehicles to Massachusetts
From finding a job and choosing an insurance plan to discovering education options and learning about state tax laws, newcomers to Massachusetts have a lot to consider. Fortunately, state agencies provide resources to help new residents make fully informed decisions for themselves and their family.
The Office of Labor and Workforce Development provides listings of job and training opportunities available to Massachusetts residents. Those interested in working for the state should also check out the Commonwealth Employment Opportunities website.
Job seekers new to Massachusetts can also find career assistance and training at one of the 33 One-Stop Career Centers across the state.
Massachusetts maintains quality public schools and offers an array of elementary, middle, high school, and higher education options.
Parents weighing options for their children can research profiles of public schools and school districts to evaluate information including class size, teacher-to-student ratios, test scores, and demographics.
Young adult and adult newcomers to Massachusetts have a variety of public higher education campuses across the Commonwealth to choose from, including community and state colleges. The Commonwealth also offers online adult learning through the Massachusetts Colleges Online and UMass Online programs.
Residents have several options for finding health care coverage in Massachusetts if it is not provided through employment or education benefits:
- MassHealth covers a wide range of services by paying for part or all of a MassHealth member’s health insurance. Individuals are divided into two groups for the application process: residents ages 64 and under, and those 65 or older or who need long-term care services. Eligibility is determined by a number of primary factors, including income and family size.
- Health Connector is a state-based health insurance marketplace where individuals, families, and small businesses can shop for affordable health insurance and dental coverage plans that meet both state and national coverage standards under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
- There are other health insurance and assistance programs for children, unemployed and working adults, and the low-income uninsured.
Massachusetts requires that all drivers obtain a minimum amount of liability insurance coverage so parties involved can be financially responsible in case of an accident.
- a tool to compare auto insurance premiums;
- a guide to shopping for auto insurance; and,
- money saving tips.
Massachusetts taxes most income at a rate of 5.2 percent, while certain capital gains are taxed at a rate of 12 percent. Full-year residents and part-year residents whose Massachusetts gross income exceeds $8,000 during the taxable year are required to file a tax return, as are nonresidents whose gross Massachusetts income exceeds either $8,000 or their prorated personal exemption, whichever is less.
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