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Checklist for Change of Address
When you move within your state, you need to change your address with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) as soon as possible.
Most states have laws in place stating that you have to update your address within a few days of moving to a new residence. For example, Illinois requires motorists to notify the state DMV within 10 days of an address change. Thus, you must always make sure that your address is updated with the DMV. If you forget to do so, you may regret it later, as you will fail to receive important documents such as renewal notices or car registration stickers.
Furthermore, you will be held liable for not changing your address with the DMV if you do not receive important documents in the mail. As a general rule, you can avoid getting into trouble because it slipped your mind. Instead, you can just get this process out of the way.
Because filing an address change request is so important, many states have streamlined the process significantly. In most states, you can complete a driver’s license change of address online in minutes, saving you an annoying trip to the DMV. Depending on the state, you also have the option to complete the process in person or by mail, if you wish to do so. Additionally, many states have further streamlined the process by automatically connecting your driver’s license address to other important credentials issued by DMV offices. In those cases, updating your address on a driving license would also automatically alter it on your vehicle registration, car title and voting credential.
How to Change a Driver’s License Address
In order to change your driver’s license address, you must first learn about the precise steps of undergoing this procedure in your state. For instance, some states ask you to change your address with the DMV, while others require you to visit a local Circuit Court clerk or a Secretary of State office. Additionally, you might be asked to provide one or two documents demonstrating proof of residency. Usually, proof of residency documents include:
A deed or property tax bill with the address listed
Utility bill with your name and address
Rental house agreement with the lease dates noted
Bank statements with your current address
Court documents stating your name and address
School transcripts with your name and address
An auto insurance policy with your name and address listed
Most states want your proof of residency documents to be recent. Preferably, the documentation you submit is dated within the past 30 to 90 days. As such, older documents won’t necessarily serve as proof that you still live there. If your state has additional document requirements, make sure to research which kinds of paperwork will be deemed acceptable by your local Department of Motor Vehicles.
Regardless of the type of DMV change of address application form that your state requires, you will have to fill it out and provide general information about yourself. However, each state has its own form, and they can vary significantly. As an example, some states only require you to list your name, date of birth and new address, while others have forms that are several pages long. You may be required to provide the following information on a driver’s license change of address form:
Full legal name
Date of birth
Driver’s license number
Social Security Number (SSN)
Old residential address
New residential address
New mailing address, if different from the residential address
Vehicle registration number
Be mindful that your vehicle registration number is simply your license plate number. If you don’t know it, you may refer to the back of your vehicle. If you don’t have a Social Security Number, there may be additional steps required to identify your records. Once you have all of the information you need for this application, you can begin the change of address process.
Steps to a Driver’s License Change of Address Online
Visit your state DMV website and find the webpage describing the process to change your address.
Locate the online DMV change of address form you must fill out in order to submit your request.
Complete the application completely and accurately. Double check the information to ensure you input it correctly. Errors may result in a denial of your application.
If additional documents are required, scan and upload them when prompted.
Using a credit card, pay the online convenience fee charged by most DMV websites.
After completing the request, decide if you want to request a replacement license. In most states, the DMV change of address form will have a section where you must inform the department whether you wish to order a new license. If you choose to order a new credential that displays your up-to-date information, you will be charged an additional license fee. That fee may range from $5 to $50, depending on your state.
Decide whether you wish to update your registration as well. You may be charged an additional fee to change your car registration address.
Submit your request for new documents. It may take as much as two weeks for DMV records to show your new address.
If you ordered new documents, wait for them in the mail. Furthermore, you must destroy your old credentials when you receive the new ones.
Steps to a Driver’s License Change of Address in Person
Locate your nearest DMV office. Determine whether you want to do a walk-in or schedule a DMV appointment in advance. In addition, it is important to pay attention to the DMV hours listed on the department’s website or front door.
Print out the necessary change of address application form and fill it out completely. If documents are required, collect them and keep them together with the application form.
Bring your documents to the DMV office and wait until a representative can see you.
Submit your form for your driver’s license change of address application. Provide any supplementary documents that may be required.
Decide whether you want to renew or replace your license.
Decide whether you want to renew or update your vehicle registration.
Pay the necessary fees for the change of address. This may include an address change fee, a duplicate driving license fee and a vehicle registration copy fee, if applicable.
Wait to receive your new documents in the mail. It can take as much as two weeks to complete this process.
When you receive your up-to-date credentials, destroy your old documents and replace them with the new ones.
Steps to a Driver’s License Change of Address by Mail
Visit your state DMV website to download the appropriate application form and identify the correct mailing address that your DMV change of address form should be mailed to.
Fill out the form completely and accurately.
Include photocopies (or originals, when required) of any necessary documentation, such as proof of residency documents.
Decide whether you want to request a duplicate vehicle registration or driver’s license after requesting a change of address.
Include a check or money order for the correct amount, taking into consideration any fees associated with duplicate copies of a car registration or license that you are requesting. Most states forbid sending cash or credit card numbers with mailed-in applications.
Send your request to the address listed on the form or displayed on your state DMV website.
Wait to receive your new documents in the mail. Be mindful that it may take several weeks.
When you receive your new documents, destroy the old ones and replace them with your up-to-date credentials.