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Moving Out of State in California

Change of Address Form

Use the Change of Address (Form DMV 14) to notify the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) of your new address.

This single form updates both your vehicle and driver license records. Also complete your change of address online.

Temporary Moves

If you've living outside of California on a temporary basis ―for instance, to attend college or because of your job ― you're not required to notify the DMV about your situation.

Notifying the DMV

Submit a Statement of Fact (Form REG 256) to the DMV before you leave. In Section G, be sure to include your California exit date, your new state, and when you registered in that state.

Send this form, along with a copy of your new registration to:

  • DMV Registration
  • P.O. Box 942869
  • Sacramento, CA 94269-0001

Driver's License

You don't need to cancel your license with the DMV. When you receive a license from your new state, your California license will automatically be canceled.

Renewal Notices

If you receive a renewal notice after your move, mail the notice to the DMV noting that you no longer live in California along with the date that you moved out of state.

Refunds

California issues registration refunds for individuals moving out of state in some cases, such as for nonresident military (NRM).

If you are NRM, you may request a refund of vehicle registration fees. You will need:

  • A completed Application for Refund (Form ADM 399), which includes:
    • The registration year(s) for which a refund is requested
    • The NRM's out-of-state residence address (city and state)
    • The NRM's duty station at the time the fees were paid
  • The registration card and Certificate of Title (if issued) must also be submitted
  • In addition, fill out a Statement of Facts (Form REG 256).

Also, you may qualify for a refund if you move your vehicle to your new state before the renewal registration period begins. Visit our Car Registration page for details.

If you have questions, call the DMV automated phone service at (800) 777-0133 anytime.

Forms

DMV 14

Notifies the DMV of your new address. Can be used to update your driver's license, registration and tags, and disability parking placards.

REG 256

Used to provide additional information for other forms or to correct information on existing documents.

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