Macrophage migration into injured or infected tissue is a key aspect in the pathophysiology of many diseases where inflammation is a driving factor. Membrane-type-1 matrix metalloproteinase (MT1-MMP) cleaves extracellular matrix components to facilitate invasion. Here we show that, unlike the constitutive MT1-MMP surface recycling seen in cancer cells, unactivated macrophages express low levels of MT1-MMP. Upon lipopolysaccharide (LPS) activation, MT1-MMP synthesis dramatically increases 10-fold at the surface by 15 hours. MT1-MMP is trafficked from the Golgi complex to the surface via late endosomes/lysosomes in a pathway regulated by the late endosome/lysosome R-SNAREs VAMP7 and VAMP8. These form two separate complexes with the surface Q-SNARE complex Stx4/SNAP23 to regulate MT1-MMP delivery to the plasma membrane. Loss of either one of these SNAREs leads to a reduction in surface MT1-MMP, gelatinase activity and reduced invasion. Thus, inhibiting MT1-MMP transport through this pathway could reduce macrophage migration and the resulting inflammation.