How to Change Your Address on Your Virginia Registration

Performing a Virginia DMV change address is an important process that you must complete whenever you relocate to a new part of the state. If you do not change car registration address information, you may fail to receive your yearly registration renewal notices from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

To make an address change on car registration and driver’s license credentials, you can typically submit your request online, in person, by email or by telephone. As another option, you may notify the Virginia DMV by mail. To learn more about these requirements and the steps you must take to update your address with the DMV, review the information below.

When do I need to change my car registration address in Virginia?

You must perform an address change on registration and driver’s license credentials within 30 days of relocating from one part of the state to another. After notifying the Virginia DMV of your new address, you can purchase a replacement driver’s license and registration card that displays your new information if you wish to do so. However, purchasing a replacement driver’s license or registration card following a change of address is not mandatory.

After changing vehicle registration address information, you must also return your old license plate decal to the Commissioner of Revenue in your former area of residence. Then, you must remember to obtain a replacement license plate decal from the Commissioner of Revenue in your new area of residence. Download our free, in-depth guide for step-by-step instructions on how to perform this task.

How to Submit a DMV Change of Address Form in Virginia

To perform a Virginia DMV address change after you relocate from one part of the state to another, you can typically complete the process in one of five ways:

  • Online
  • In person
  • By phone
  • Through email
  • By mail

When submitting your request, however, you must provide personal and vehicle information, such as your full name and the vehicle identification number (VIN) of each automobile that you own. To learn more about each of these application methods, review the sections below.