About Changing Your Address on Your Florida Registration
Performing a DMV change of address in Florida is a mandatory process to complete if you own a registered motor vehicle and move from one part of the state to another. Under state law, you must change car registration address information, correct the address on your certificate of title and update your Florida driver’s license or identification card within 30 days of moving into a new residence.
To update the information on your Florida driver and vehicle records, you can typically complete the process in person or online, depending on your preferred method. To learn more about the state’s address change requirements and the steps you must take to update your vehicle registration records, review the sections below.
Where can I change my car registration address in Florida?
To perform an address change on car registration and driver’s license credentials, you must visit a local office of the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) to complete the process in person. You may also submit your request online if you prefer.
However, keep in mind that you should first change your address with the United States Postal Service (USPS). Typically, you can change your address with the USPS either in person at a local post office or online.
Once you change your address with the USPS, you must follow the process to update your address on your FLHSMV driver and vehicle records. To learn more about changing your car registration address after you move into a new home, review the information below.
To submit a change of address online under the FLHSMV’s website, you must have internet access and be able to provide your Social Security Number (SSN), date of birth, license plate number and driver’s license number.
Additionally, you must be able to pay any applicable fees with an accepted credit card, such as a Visa or MasterCard. After correcting the address on your registration card, you must apply for a duplicate credential that displays this new information.
If you wish to complete a DMV change of address form in person, you simply need to visit a local FLHSMV office to submit your request and present proof of your new address, such as your corrected driver’s license, recent utility bill or a rental agreement. During your visit, you must also apply for a duplicate registration certificate that displays your new address.
After applying for an address change on registration documents, the FLHSMV will automatically update the information on your vehicle’s electronic title certificate as well. However, your paper title will not display your new address unless you apply for a duplicate certificate of title. In most cases, you do not need to purchase a replacement certificate of title unless you wish to do so.
Consequences of Not Performing an FLHSMV Change of Address in Florida
If you do not change your vehicle registration address in FL, you may be subject to paying penalty fees and you may fail to receive future correspondence from the FLHSMV. For instance, failure to change the address on your driver and vehicle records may result in you not receiving a notice when your registration needs to be renewed, as well as other important updates from the department.
Additionally, you may fail to receive your new registration credentials after you renew them or purchase duplicate documents.
To reduce your risk of incurring any penalty fees or failing to receive future mail from the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, it is important to update your address with the FLHSMV as soon as possible after you move into a new home.
If you have any questions about the DMV address change application process, you may call the FLHSMV’s customer service center to receive assistance.
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