Your driving license is not only required for operating a motor vehicle on the public streets, it's a vital piece of identification you use on a regular basis. Keeping the information on your driver's license, including your address, up to date is important. Plus, the law in most states requires you to update your address when you move (usually within 30 to 60 days). Each state has its own procedures, but the basic steps are similar.
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Things you need
- Proof of residence
- Social Security card
- Current driver's license
Change the address on your driver's license online if your state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will allow you to. Some states are satisfied with an online update even if your physical license may show an outdated address. If you can't change the address online, print out the application and fill it out before you go to a DMV office. See Resources for a link to a contact information list for all state DMVs.
Take documentation of your residency to the DMV. DMVs will accept recent bank statements and utility or phone bills as well as a copy of your new lease or mortgage. Also bring your Social Security card and your current driver's license.
Ask for an application form for change of address when you get to the DMV office (if you weren't able to print one out and complete it beforehand). Submit the application and the documents you brought (from Step 2) so they can be photocopied and returned to you. Your old driver's license will not be returned.
Follow the processing procedure to get your updated driver's license. The employees at the DMV will take your photograph and prepare a new license for you while you wait.
Pay the fee for obtaining an updated license with your new address. The fee varies from state to state. In some states there is no charge, while others may have fees of £6 to £13. Bring cash to cover the fee since many DMVs will not accept personal checks.
Tips and warnings
- In some states the DMV may be called by another name. For instance, in Georgia it is called the Department of Driver Services.
- If you have the option to change the address on your driving license online, keep in mind your physical license will still bear your old address. At some point you'll probably want to change it there as well.
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