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    SUMMARY: How to Change Your Address in Washington, D.C.

    Changing your address with the D.C. DMV can be done either in person, by mail, or online, depending on the type of driver’s license/ID card you have. You will need to pay a fee for your updated card. If you’d like replacement motor vehicle documents, you’ll need to apply for duplicates and pay a fee.

    Continue reading this page to learn how to change your address with the Washington, D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles (D.C. DMV).

    Change Your Address with the D.C. DMV

    If you move to a different address in Washington, D.C., you must notify the D.C. DMV within 5 days. Your options to change your address will depend on whether you have a REAL ID/limited purpose driver’s license or ID card, or a standard card.

    Once you’ve changed your address with the D.C. DMV, your driver’s license and motor vehicle records will both be updated and you will receive an updated driver’s license/ID card.

    If you’d like updated motor vehicle documents showing your new address, you’ll need to apply for replacements.

    Standard Driver’s License/ID Card

    If your WA, D.C. driver’s license/ID card isn’t REAL ID-compliant or a limited purpose card, you will need to change your address in person at a D.C. DMV office. You will need:

    • Proof of your name and date of birth, such as your:
      • U.S. birth certificate.
      • Valid foreign passport (with visa), I-94 print out, and I-20.
      • U.S. citizenship certificate.
    • Proof of your Social Security number (SSN), such as your:
      • Social Security card.
      • W-2 statement.
      • Pay statement.
    • Proof of your lawful presence in the U.S., such as your:
      • U.S. birth certificate.
      • Work authorization.
      • U.S. passport.
    • Proof of your Washington, D.C. residency, such as your:
      • Utility bill (dated within the last 60 days).
      • Bank statement (issued within the last 60 days).
      • Rental agreement.
    • Payment for the $20 fee.

    Once you’ve updated your information, the DMV will issue you a REAL ID or limited purpose card.

    For more information about the REAL ID Act, read our article.

    REAL ID or Limited Purpose Driver’s License/ID Card

    If you already have a REAL ID or limited purpose driver’s license or ID card, you can update your address either:

    • Online using the D.C. DMV’s Address Change Request service.
    • By visiting at your local D.C. DMV office.
    • By mailing the required documents and payment to:
    • DC DMV
      Attn: Change of Address
      P.O. Box 90120
      Washington, DC 20090

    If changing your address by mail or in person, you will need to submit:

    Vehicle Registration & Title Address Change

    Once you’ve changed your address with the WA, D.C. DMV ( see above), your motor vehicle records will automatically updated. If you’d like replacement documents that show your new address, you’ll need to order duplicates for a fee.

    Complete instructions can be found on our following pages:

    Fees to Change Your WA, D.C. Address

    Changing your address on your WA, D.C. DMV documents will cost you the following fees:

    • Driver’s license/ID card: $20 fee.
    • Vehicle registration replacement: $20 per year.
    • Duplicate certificate of title: $26.

    Accepted Payment Methods

    D.C. DMV offices accepted payment by:

    • Cash.
    • Check.
    • Money order.
    • VISA, MasterCard, and Discover credit cards.

    The Washington D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles does not accept American Express credit cards.

    New Washington, D.C. Residents

    If you will be living in WA, D.C. for 30 days or longer, you must obtain a D.C. driver’s license to operate a vehicle in the state.

    If you own your own vehicle, you’ll also need to have it registered with the D.C. DMV in order to continue operating it legally in the district.

    More information, including application instructions and applicable fees, can be found on these pages:

    Change Your Name

    If you’ve had a name change, you’ll need to notify the D.C. DMV, regardless of the reason for the change.

    This must be done in person at a D.C. DMV office where you’ll need to show proof of your name change and pay the required fee for updated documents.

    For more information and a complete list of items you’ll need to bring, visit our Name Change in Washington, D.C. page.

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