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Massachusetts State Immigration Laws

Welcome to FindLaw's coverage of existing Massachusetts legislation and rules related to individuals' immigration status. Below you will find information on what, if any, rules Massachusetts has regarding immigration checks by law enforcement, educational institutions, and employers, as well as the existence of E-Verify requirements, restrictions on public benefits based on an individual's immigration status, and more.

Law Enforcement and Immigration in Massachusetts

Under a federal program called "Secure Communities," all arrestees are fingerprinted and run through a federal database which checks their criminal record and immigration status.

Employment & Immigration

Refer to federal employment eligibility verification rules and the requirements for Form I-9.

Massachusetts E-Verify Requirements

State agencies must use E-Verify to check the employment authorization status of new hires.

Driver's License/ID Requirements

Must show proof of U.S. citizenship or legal residency and date of birth. May present a utility bill or similar correspondence to prove Mass. residence. Must present valid Social Security card.

Public Benefits Restrictions

Under federal law, illegal immigrants are prohibited from receiving most public benefits. However, they are allowed to receive emergency services, health care and other programs that have been deemed "necessary to protect life and safety."

Education Checks

N/A

Voting ID Rules

No voter identification requirements.

Housing Ordinances and Immigration

N/A

Related Resources

  • Know Your Rights - Guide to protecting yourself and your family during immigration raids (PDF, CASA of Maryland and other organizations)
  • Office for Refugees and Immigrants - Information and resources for immigrants in Massachusetts (Mass. Office of Health and Human Services)
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