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Apply for a Letting of Motor Vehicle License


Letting of Motor Vehicle Licenses are issued by the Cambridge License Commission pursuant to and in accordance with the Special Acts of 1930, c. 121. It takes approximately four to six weeks for an application to be processed and a license to be issued, if approved.

How to Start

Step 1:

The applicant must obtain and complete the application form and Licensed Premises Inspection Approval form.  The owner and manager of record must complete and submit the waiver for a Criminal Offender Record Information check (there is a $10.00 fee per waiver).

Step 2:

The applicant will then submit the Licensed Premises Inspection Approval form to the Inspectional Services Department (ISD) for zoning approval.

Step 3:

The applicant must submit the following to the License Commission:
  • the Licensed Premises Inspection Approval form;
  • if a corporation, copy of the Articles of Organization or Business Certificate from the City Clerk's Office; and
  • lease or letter of intent from landlord.

The application must be accompanied with the $175.00 hearing and advertising fee. 

Step 4:

The License Commission schedules a hearing. Prior to the hearing, the applicant must notify its legal abutters by sending a copy of the advertisement by certified mail (return receipt requested) within three days after advertising, and at least ten days before the hearing. The applicant must submit certified mail receipts to verify contact with abutters.

Step 5:

The applicant must submit the Licensed Premises Inspection Approval form and sketches or plans for approval from ISD's building inspector. If the applicant has a current Certificate of Occupancy, this sign-off is not required.

Step 6:

If approved by the License Commission, a license will be issued once the license fees are paid and ISD's building inspection approval is submitted.


Fee: $175 hearing and newspaper advertising fee; $10.00 CORI check fee; $121 license fee
Page was last modified on 8/1/2018 10:57 PM
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