Change of Address in Iowa
Since your Iowa driver's license is often used as official identification, it's important that the data shown is accurate. In fact, Iowa law requires residents to notify the Department of Transportation within 30 days of an address change. In fact, you may be fined for having inaccurate information on your license if you are stopped by a police officer while driving.
The easiest method of changing your address is to visit your nearest driver's license station to request an updated license. In most counties, the driver's license station is open during regular business hours. No appointment is necessary.
If your schedule won't permit a trip to your nearest driver's license station, you may also submit your updated information by mail or fax. A Change of Address Notice (Form 430012) should be sent to:
- Office of Driver Services
- P.O. Box 9204
- Des Moines, IA 50306
- Fax: (515) 239-1837
You can also use the online address change system.
You must request a duplicate if you want your new address to appear on your driver's license.
When you're changing the address on your driver's license, remember that this does not update your vehicle registration information. When you move from one Iowa county to another, you must instruct the County Treasurer of your former residence to forward your information.
If you are changing your legal name, you must also update the information on your driver's license. The name change procedure is similar to a change of address, but you will also need to produce a marriage certificate, divorce decree, or court-ordered name change document. You must make the change in person at your local DMV.
There is a $10 charge to change the name on your driver's license. This small fee is necessary to cover administrative expenses.