Anytime you move or change your name, you must update your DMV documents, including your driver’s license and motor vehicle registration. If you are nearing your renewal for any of these documents, you may be able to update your documents while renewing, so long as you can provide any additional required information or documentation.
Your DMV may require you to update your documents within a certain time frame, such as 30 or 60 days. It is very important that you abide by these deadlines to avoid fines or missing your renewal notices or new documents. Additionally, deadlines to update DMV documents may be different for driver’s licenses and vehicle registrations.
If you need to update your driver’s license, you may be able to do so online, by mail, or in person. However, name changes generally have to be done at your local office. Depending on your state, you may also be able to complete the change by mail. If you need to update your address, you may be required to provide proof of your new address. Name change requests must be accompanied by a certified document, such as marriage license, divorce decree, or court order. The same motor vehicle registration options and requirements may be available to you, but this is not always the case.
When completing a change of address for your license or registration, you may not be required to pay a fee. For many states, these updates are for information and mailing purposes, and they do not require you to obtain new documents. However, new documents are always issued for name changes, and you generally must pay a fee equal to replacement fees.
You will nee to visit a driver and vehicle services location if you move out of state. Each state has its own documents, fees, and guidelines for getting a new driver’s license or vehicle registration. Additionally, you may need to complete emissions or safety tests before new registration can be issued to you. Similarly, you may no longer be required to complete these tests if moving from a state where they are required to a state where they are not. Before your visit, we recommend that you always check DMV hours of operation, as they may be different than where you previously lived.
When updating your driver’s license information, you may be required to pass additional knowledge and driving test exams. However, some DMVs will allow you to transfer your driver’s license to the new state if you provide:
· Your previous driver’s license
· Your personal information, including name, date of birth, and Social Security number
· Proof of address
· Proof of name change, if applicable
· The fee
If you need to acquire new motor vehicle registration, you may need to present:
· A copy of your lease agreement, if you are leasing the vehicle
· Your out-of-state car title
· Your vehicle’s current odometer reading
· Emissions and safety certification, if required in your state or local community
· Proof of insurance that meets state minimum requirements
· Your payment