Drivers License Change of Address

Moving is a process whether it’s down the street or across the country. Packing, organizing, and transporting your material possessions from one home to another is exciting, but there are a lot of little details that go into a moving. This includes remembering to change your address with the post office, with the DMV, and with your mom. You must update your current California drivers license to portray your new address when you move, or you must apply for a new California driver’s license if you move into the state from anywhere else. To help ease the burden of your recent move, here’s how you file a change of address form to update your license.

How Much Time Do I Have?

You have 10 days from the date you move to change your address. You must notify the DMV right away to update your current address on your license or issue a new state license. The good news is you can change your address on your license free of charge. It’s nice to update something during your move without spending money on it. You have 10 days, but many people can do it online and not worry about making a special trip to the DMV.


Can I Change My Address Online?

If you are a California resident, you have your social security number, and your address is not a fleet or army address, you can change your address on your license online. If you moved from out of state, you cannot change your address online. All you need to do to make this happen is register for the DMV online services by providing your email address and a few pieces of personal information. Once you are registered for that, you can change your address online.

All you need to complete the online application is your name, your old address, new address, and your registration number for the vehicle. You will not get a new registration when you change our license address. You will see that change when you renew your registration the following year. Your new license is mailed to you, and you can see that status of that 72 hours after you fill out the online form.


In-Person or Mailed Address Changes

If you’d like to change your address through the mail or in person, it’s a simple process. Download a Change of Address form DMV 14 and fill it out. Include your new address and your contact information with a signature and a date and mail it to the address that’s listed on the form. Your new information will be mailed to you when it’s updated and processed.

To change your address in person, you need only go to any DMV office location in California. If you’re new to the state, you must apply for a new license. You’ll need to make an appointment, and you need to have the following information on hand if you want to get a new license that day.

  • Your current photo identification
  • Proof of your social security number
  • Proof of our birth date
  • Proof of California residency
  • Proof of your full name and any name change documentation you have since birth


You must also pay a $35 fee to obtain a new license. You must take a new photo, provide your thumbprint, and you must also pass a vision exam. Not every DMV location is going to require you take a new written exam to obtain a new license. Some will waive it provided you already have a valid driver’s license in another state. However, not everyone is going to do this for you. Be prepared to take the written exam. It’s less than 40 questions, and you’re given three chances to pass each time.

You can easily update your address in a convenient matter if you’re moving in the state. If you’re from out of state and making this your new home, you do go through the process of obtaining a new license. Do this right away or risk finding it difficult to sign new financial documents, enroll your kids in school, and much more.