Packing, labeling boxes, finding a group of friends willing to give up a Saturday – moving presents enough hassles, doesn’t it?
Well, the DMV certainly doesn’t want to be left out of the party, so in addition to everything else you have to remember during relocation, you also must remember to complete an address change with your state driver’s license agency.
An updated address is important for:
- Receiving license and registration renewal notices.
- Getting a temporary or replacement license mailed to you if you’re out of state.
- Finding out if your driving privileges are, or are close to being, suspended.
- Taking advantage of convenience options like renewing your license or registration online.
- Receiving traffic ticket information (you know, the kind of traffic citations issued when you’re caught on camera).
Fortunately, most DMV offices offer a handful of convenient ways for you to change your address.
Visit the DMV in Person
Probably this is an option at every Department of Motor Vehicles. Walk in, ask for a change of address form, complete it, and walk out.
Change Your Address by Mail
Some DMV offices, like those in Florida, will changes residents’ addresses by mail. Check for an address change form online, complete it, and mail it to the address listed on the form.
NOTE: If the form isn’t online, you’ll need to pick one up at your local DMV.
Update Your Change of Address Online
Some states – like California – are on top of technology. Visit your DMV website to find out if completing an address change online is an option.
Call the DMV to Change Your Address
Which is more convenient: Completing an address change online or over the phone? You be the judge, but many states – like New York – will let drivers dial a number to complete a change of address.
Important Address Change Points to Remember
- Most states set a deadline to complete a change of address. Usually, you must get it done anywhere from 10-30 days of moving, but check with your state.
- Be prepared to pay a fee. Not all states charge an address change fee, but some do.
- Not all states require you to update the address on your driver’s license. Some provide change of address cards, and these are sufficient to carry around with your license until it’s time to renew.
- Understand that you might have to show citizenship and residency forms again – even if you’re just moving down the block.
- Moving to a new state? If you’re becoming a new resident in another state, our old state might require you to complete an address change after you establish residency in your new state.
What process did you have to follow the last time you completed a change of address with the DMV?