Your vehicle registration is a state requirement in California. The purpose is to assign your car to you by way of ownership. It’s how your vehicle is associated with you. Your name, contact information, and other personal details are officially and legally tied to the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on your car so ownership is officially yours. Unlike your title which proves financial ownership, your registration is used to help identify your car and to provide the legal means to drive it. If you move in the state or from out of the state, you’ll need to change vehicle registration address information associated with every vehicle you own in a certain amount of time in California. The process is simple and streamlined.
How to Change Your Address
Vehicle registration address requirements in California are strict. You cannot leave your information outdated or you risk paying a fine. If you move from out of state, you must have your vehicle re-tagged and re-registered with the state. This allows you to register in this state, receive a new license plate, and update your information with the Department of Motor Vehicles. You have only 10 days from the date of your move to update this information, so it must become a priority on your to-do list.
Vehicle registration address requirements might be strict, but the update process is free. This is good news for anyone still reeling from the cost of a move. You can do it in person, online, or even through the mail to make the process even more streamlined. However, you should be aware of the requirements for each type of renewal.
Online Address Changes
You can only change your address online in if you have a California address. If you’ve made an in-state move, you can do this online. You must also have a Social Security Number, and you cannot have an army or fleet address or a CDL for this state combined with an out-of-state address at the time of your move.
- Register for the CA DMV online services on the CA DMV website free of charge
- Enter your former address
- Enter your new address
- Enter your current registration information
Your address is changed within 72 hours of submitting this information provided there are no mistakes in the information. Your new information is mailed to your new address.
In-Person Change of Address
Anyone can change their address with the DMV in person. You are free to print and fill out Form DMV 14 from the DMV website ahead of time or pick it up and fill it out in person. It’s the change of address form. Once you fill it out and hand it in, the DMV provides you with form DL 43, which is a chance of address certificate card to place in your vehicle in a safe location.
Change Your Address Through the Mail
Using the online tool to print Form DMV 14, simply mail the information to the DMV address you see on the form you download. You will not receive any new information once you mail this in, but you should note your new address and information and use a clip to attach it to your old registration in the car.
Vehicle registration address requirements must be met within 10 days of your move. This address change updates your license, your ID card, registration, and title. You will not receive new registration information, but you will receive a new Driver’s License. The only time you will receive a new registration is when your renewal is sent to your new address and you send it back. Your renewed information will finally reflect your new address information. Unless you live out of the state prior to your move, of course. Any out of states do result in new information being sent to you right away.
If you don’t update your information right away, don’t worry too much. You can update it any time if you forget, but it’s better to do this right away. Following the requirements can save you trouble if you are pulled over, arrested, or if there is an accident and the police need your information. Do not forget to put this on the list and handle it right away.