You do need to appeal the MV suspension. From what you have said and what MA law says, it would appear that the suspension is a mandatory administrative suspection by the Registrar of MV - it was not court ordered, it was statutorily ordered (see below, #23) by the MA law, upon 'conviction.' If the judge did not find you guilty but dismissed the charges, you need to bring the court papers indicating that the matter was dismissed by the judge, if in fact it was, without a conviction. Keep in mind, it may be that the MV was informed (or somehow misunderstood), that your case was closed with a finding of guilt by the judge, thereby causing the mandatory MV administrative suspension. Now, if your words to the judge that you wanted it resolved that day, meant to her that you were pleading guilty then she slapped you with the fine and nothing else, but the non-court-sentencing part of tthe law may have properly kicked in. Not having an attorney, and if you didn't research tthe penalties for driving without a valid license, you may not have realized that 60 days is par for the course - mandatory, if you accept being convicted (which is what a plea amounts to). You do need to appeal if you think you are right! That is why we have appeals. I include the laws here for you:
Chapter 90: Section 10. Operation of motor vehicle without license; members of armed forces; nonresidents; suspension or revocation of license
Section 10. ...No other person shall so operate unless licensed by the registrar ...
Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions, no person shall operate on the ways of the commonwealth any motor vehicle, whether registered in this commonwealth or elsewhere, if the registrar shall have suspended or revoked any license to operate motor vehicles issued to him under this chapter, or shall have suspended his right to operate such vehicles, and such license or right has not been restored or a new license to operate motor vehicles has not been issued to him. Operation of a motor vehicle in violation of this paragraph shall be subject to the same penalties as provided in section twenty-three for operation after suspension or revocation and before restoration or issuance of a new license or the restoration of the right to operate.
HERE IS 23:
Chapter 90: Section 23. Operation of motor vehicle after suspension or revocation of license; concealment of identity of motor vehicle
Section 23. Any person convicted of operating a motor vehicle after his license to operate has been suspended or revoked, or after notice of the suspension or revocation of his right to operate a motor vehicle without a license has been issued by the registrar and received by such person or by his agent or employer, and prior to the restoration of such license or right to operate or to the issuance to him of a new license to operate, and any person convicted of operating ... shall,..., be punished for a first offence by a fine of not less than five hundred nor more than one thousand dollars or by imprisonment for not more than ten days, or both, and for any subsequent offence by imprisonment for not less than sixty days nor more than one year, ...In no case shall a person be prosecuted for operating after suspension or revocation of a license upon a failure to pay an administrative reinstatement fee without a prior written notice from the registrar mandating payment thereof.
Upon a conviction of operating after suspension or revocation of license or right to operate under the first paragraph, the registrar shall extend said suspension or revocation for an additional sixty days. Upon a conviction of operating after suspension or revocation of license or right to operate under the second paragraph, the registrar shall extend said suspension or revocation for an additional year.
S. Joy, Legal Expert