How to Change Your Address on Your Registration
Motorists must complete a DMV change of address when moving to a new area. Many DMVs require drivers to notify them of an address change within a few days. There are several ways to perform a change of your car registration address. Many states offer an easy and convenient online portal through which drivers log in and provide the new address. However, other states may require in-person visits to document the change.
During the process, drivers may need to complete a DMV change of address form and submit proof of the new address. To learn more about car registration address changes, review the sections below.
When to Perform a DMV Change of Address
In most states, motorists are required to perform an address change on car registrations within a few days of obtaining a new address. Typically, drivers must change their addresses in the following situations:
- When moving to a new home within the state
- When directing their mail to another address
It is important to note that if you move to another state, you will not perform a DMV change of address. Instead, you will likely need to return your license plate and complete the steps to apply for a new registration in the new state.
How to Perform a DMV Change of Address
The process of performing an address change on a car registration will depend on the state in which you live in. In some states, you must log into the state DMV’s online portal, provide information to help locate your records and provide the new address.
The change in your records is usually immediate, which is why many opt to perform the change of address online. Certain states may not have the technology to process online requests. However, you may need to visit your local DMV office or send it by mail as an alternative.
You may be wondering, “What documents do I need to change my car registration address?” In most cases, you must provide proof of your new address. Acceptable documents may include:
- A lease or rental agreement.
- A utility bill.
- A mortgage statement.
- A bank statement.
As document requirements vary from one state to the next, be sure to contact your local DMV to find out what you will need for an address change on your registration.
You can find more information on different application methods in our helpful guide.
Consequences of Failing to Change Your Car Registration Address
When you fail to report a DMV change of address, it can lead to many problems. The first is that you will be in violation of your state’s laws.
Most states require you to report a change of address within 10 days of the switch. This ensures that your file on record is accurate and contains the most updated information.
It is also important that you change your car registration address to ensure that you receive all vehicle-related notices in the mail. DMV offices often send you a reminder notice when your registration is near its expiration date, so you know when to renew your car registration.
If you do not have an updated address on file, you may not renew your registration in time and risk being penalized for driving without a valid registration.
Driving with an expired registration is a violation that could not only add points on your driving record but also come with penalty fees.
States make it easy to complete a DMV change of address form, so be sure to take the appropriate measures to notify your local DMV of your move as soon as possible to avoid fines and other legal penalties.
You can also learn more about changing your address and even changing your name on your registration by downloading our free car registration guide.