How to Change Your Address with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)

Performing a DMV change of address involves multiple steps. There are several different places where your address will need to be changed, including your driver’s license and car registration. Luckily, you may be able to make both changes in the same day. Some states also allow you to complete the change of address online, so that you may be able to skip the line at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Others may require you to come in person to a local office, especially if you have unique circumstances with your driving record.

Making a change of address on a license is similar to the change of address process for a car registration. Some states require you to pay a fee for either change, while others do not. If you are making the change online, you are more likely to pay a fee, because the state needs to cover the cost of the transaction. There are other pros and cons to each method as well. Utilizing your state’s online change of address system allows you to make the update from the comfort of your own home. However, the state may process an update that was performed in person more quickly.

How to Submit a DMV Change of Address Online

To make a change of address online, you must first visit your state’s website to determine whether there is an online option. You may be eligible to file the change online if you are a U.S. citizen and have proof of your citizenship. In general, you may not qualify if you do not have a license or ID card in your state of residence or a Social Security Number (SSN). However, some states such as New Jersey may allow you to make a change of address online even if you do not have a license in the state. In many states, you may not use the state’s online service if you hold a commercial driver’s license (CDL) or have an address for the army post office or fleet post office.

When you perform a DMV change of address online, you may be required to update your voter registration at the same time. This is true for all U.S. citizens in states such as California. Once the transaction is complete, you will receive a receipt, either by email or in a printable format. It may be helpful to keep the receipt for your records as proof that you are compliant with the law. Keep in mind that you will not be allowed to change your address online if you are moving from one state to another.

How to Submit a DMV Change of Address in Person

Making an address change in person with a DMV change of address form is usually the most common method used by drivers and residents of the state. In general, residents must bring in points of ID, including proof of Social Security (SS), proof of U.S. citizenship or legal presence and proof of residency. Proof of Social Security may come in the form of an SS card or a recent W-2 form. Proof of citizenship or legal presence may be a U.S. birth certificate, passport or green card. Proof of residency may be a recent credit card bill or a checking or savings account statement. Applicants may also need to pay a fee to make the change. Because waiting in line may take a lot of time, some states allow residents to make an appointment online before visiting a local office.

How to Submit a DMV Change of Address by Mail

Some states allow you to make a DMV address change by sending a request to the DMV by mail. To do so, you must submit a signed letter that explains the reason for the change and lists the last address on your driving record. You must also include a copy of your driver’s license and proof of your new address, which may be a recent utility bill. Finally, mail the completed package to your local DMV. Keep in mind that you may not get back the documents you send. Consequently, it is better to submit copies of forms, or to make copies of the originals for yourself.

How to Update Your Driver’s License Address

You may update your drivers license address in person, online, or in some cases by mail, depending on your state. To do so, you must submit your points of ID, which are proofs of your identity, legal status in the country and address. Because the procedure for changing your address will not be the same in all states, it is recommended that you research more information about your state specifically. If you performed the address change in person, you will usually receive your new license on the same day. If you made the change by mail or online, you may receive your new license in the mail, at your new address. However, some states will not issue a reprint of your license.

How to Change Your Car Registration Address

Many states allow you to change your car registration address online or in person. To make the change online, visit your state’s website and follow the instructions. You must have your car registration readily available so that you can submit important information, such as your internet renewal identification number, if one is listed. You may also need to enter your vehicle identification number (VIN) and license plate number. If you visit a local DMV to change your vehicle registration address in person, you must also have your vehicle registration handy, as well as your points of identification.

Penalties for Not Changing Your Address at the DMV

It is important to update the address on a license or registration if you move, as it is required by law. In addition, you may miss time-sensitive material mailed to you by the state, such as the issuance of a traffic ticket and other important notices. Some states give you one month from your move-in date to notify the DMV, while others give you less time. Be sure to check your state’s policies online or by calling your local DMV.