About Changing Your Address on Your Illinois Registration
Applying for an Illinois DMV change of address is an important process that you must complete whenever you move in the state. Under Illinois law, you must change car registration address information within a certain number of days after moving into a new residence.
Failure to change your DMV address may result in not receiving important mail from the Secretary of State (SOS). If you fail to change your address, for instance, you may not receive car registration renewal notices and other important updates from the Illinois SOS.
To apply for an address change on car registration credentials after you move into a new home, you may submit your request in person, by mail or online. After you change the information on your vehicle registration record, you must remember to update your driver records as well.
In Illinois, you cannot simultaneously change the address on your driver and vehicle registration records, which means you will need to complete each of these transactions separately.
After submitting your DMV change of address form to the SOS, you will not receive a replacement registration card or driver’s license that displays your new address unless you order a duplicate car registration. To learn more about the process to change the address on your registration records, review the information below.
How can I change my car registration address in Illinois?
To apply for an address change on registration records, you may choose to notify the Illinois SOS online, in person or by mail, depending on your preference. After submitting your request, you may choose to purchase a replacement registration card that displays your new address.
Note: Illinois law does not require you to purchase a duplicate registration card after changing your address. However, you may want to in order to have updated credentials in your possession.
For detailed information on changing the address on your Illinois vehicle registration, read our free guide.
To apply for a change of address online in IL, you must first determine whether you wish to perform a verified or unverified request. If you choose to perform a verified request, you must pay a nominal fee to automatically update your vehicle registration records and obtain a replacement registration ID card.
If you perform an unverified request, there is no fee. However, your vehicle registration records will not display your new address for 20 days. As proof of changing your vehicle registration address, the SOS will provide you with a verification letter after you submit your request.
When submitting your request online, you must also be able to provide your vehicle’s expiration year, license plate number and the last four digits of its identification number (VIN). When changing your address online, you must also provide your new address.
To submit your SOS change of address request in person, you must visit a local SOS facility to present a completed application. Before heading into the SOS office, however, you may choose to download an official application if you wish to complete the form ahead of time.
During your office visit, you may choose to order a replacement registration card that displays your new address. However, the state does not require you to do so.
If you prefer to mail your SOS change of address form, you can download the required form from the Secretary of State’s website, or you may obtain an application in person.
When completing the official SOS address change form, you must be able to provide your new and previous street address and information about each registered vehicle that you own. For instance, you must provide the vehicle’s expiration date, VIN, license plate number, year and make.
Learn more about finding the form and required documents for your DMV address change by downloading our free guide.