About Changing 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 guide for instructions on how to perform this task.
Submitting 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:
- 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.
The first step in completing a change of address online in VA is logging into your MyDMV Account by providing your date of birth and driver’s license number. If you cannot provide your driver’s license number, you must provide your Social Security Number (SSN). Once you log in, there will be instructions on how to proceed.
If you cannot perform a Virginia change of address online, you can visit a local customer service center near you to submit your request in person. During your visit, you may purchase replacement credentials if you wish to do so. Download our free guide for tips on how to make your in-person visit quicker and easier.
Another way to perform a DMV change of address in Virginia is by phone. To do so, you must contact the department during operating hours between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Mondays through Friday, and from 8 a.m. until noon on Saturdays. Be sure to have your information ready before you speak with the representative.
To change your car registration address by email, you must use the DMV’s secure online form to submit your request electronically. With your request, you must include your full name, email address and telephone number. This is perhaps the quickest method of changing your address, but is not convenient for everyone.
If you prefer to change your Virginia vehicle registration address by mail, you must submit a written request to the department’s mail-in service center in Richmond. With your request, you must submit a completed application that includes your DMV customer information, new address and details about each vehicle that you own.