Moving to a new home is exciting, but it's also hard work. Fortunately, a driving license address change might be easier than you think.
There's a certain thrill that comes with moving to a new home. You've donated the clothes you don't wear, trimmed down the book collection, and finally found that souvenir from the Grand Canyon that you thought was gone forever. A new address is a clean slate, which includes a driving license address change.
Wait! Don't fear! You won't need to spend an eternity at the DMV for this—at least, not in most states. In fact, changing the address on your driving license isn't that difficult. Yes, each of the 50 states has a different process in place. Yes, some of the details are different, but for the most part, a driving license address change has more similarities than differences from state to state.
Your driving license address change: within the same state
What do you need?
If your new housing adventure takes you across town or to a new city within the same state, changing the address on your driving license is relatively simple. Here's what you will need:
- Your current license number
- Your date of birth
- Your first and last name
- Proof of your new address, such as a utility bill or a lease agreement
How soon do you need to change your address?
Most states require you to notify the DMV of an address change within ten days, although some, like Alabama and New Hampshire, give you 30 days. In any case, you'll want to notify your state's DMV as soon as possible to avoid any problems. Montana, for instance, may revoke your license if you fail to notify the DMV within ten days of moving.
How much does it cost?
The majority of states don't charge a fee to change the address on your license, or if they do, it's minimal. You just inform the DMV of your new address. You won't automatically get an updated license, though. Your new address will appear on your license when you renew it, or if you want one sooner, you can pay for a new license.
There are, of course, exceptions. Florida charges $25 to file a change of address, and it will cost you $12 in Kentucky. In both states, you'll also receive a new license with your updated address.
Where do you change the address on your license?
This is the real beauty of the Internet age! You may submit a driving license address change online or through the mail in nearly every state. Some states also accept emails. Grab a book if you're in Mississippi or Kentucky, though. You can only change your license address in person at the DMV in Mississippi or at the circuit court clerk's office in Kentucky.
Your driving license address change: moving to a new state
If you move to a new state, you're in for a bit more effort in updating your license. The good news is that you can update your car registration at the same time so that you can accomplish two tasks at once. Grab your documents and head to your local DMV office to procure a new license.
Here are the commonly required documents for transferring your license from one state to another:
- Current license
- Birth certificate
- Social security card
- Proof of address
Some states require two documents proving your residency, such as a utility bill or bank statement. You can also expect to take an eye exam, and you may be required to take a written test, as well. In California, as an example, the DMV may waive the exam requirement, but that's on a case-by-case basis.
The fees for a new license vary substantially. In Rhode Island it will cost you $43.50. Oregon charges $60, and the fee in New Jersey is $24.
Like an in-state address change, you often have 30 days to obtain a new license, although South Dakota, Idaho, and Texas give you up to 90 days. It's also important to note that though you may have several months to update your license, you rarely have as long to update your vehicle registration. In Florida, for instance, you must register your vehicle within ten days of establishing residency.
Before you head out, contact the Division of Motor Vehicles within your state to verify the requirements for changing the address on your license, but if you have the documents listed here, you will be in good shape in most situations.
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Have you changed the address on your license recently? What did you have to do in your state? Share your story in the comments.