What Are the Basics?
If you are moving within California or have just arrived in California, you need to let the California Department of Motor Vehicles know about the move. Updating your address with the California Department of Motor Vehicles allows them to change that information on your ID card, vehicle title, vehicle registration, and driver’s license.
How Do I Change My Address When Moving Within California?
If you are moving within California, you need to notify the California Department of Motor Vehicles within 10 days of the move. You are able to change your address for free. Additionally, you don’t have to have any documentation that shows your new address.
When you renew your license or ID card, the new address will display on the card. You are able to change your address online, by mail, or in person.
Changing Your Address Online
If you would like to change your address online, you need to register with the DMV’s online services. Once you do that, you need to provide information including your:
- New address
- Old address
- Vehicle registration information
Check back within 72 hours to see your change of address status.
Not all people can change their addresses online. You cannot do so if:
- You don’t have a Social Security Number
- You Have a Commercial Driver’s License for California but now live in another state
- Have a non-U.S. home address
- Don’t have an ID card or driver’s license from California
- Currently use a fleet post office or army address
Changing Your Address by Mail
Changing your address by mail is possible by sending in a Change of Address form to the DMV. This form, form DMV 14, should be filled out with your new address. Date and sign the document, then mail it to:
SACRAMENTO, CA 94259-0001
After you mail this out, write down your new address on a piece of paper, date it, and sign it. This should be carried with your license at all times until the new license is available.
Changing Your Address in Person
After changing your address in person, you will receive a new card, DL 43, that you need to carry with your ID card or license until a new license is available.
How Do I Change My Address If I Am Moving Into California From Another State?
If you just moved to California from another state, follow the same steps as mentioned above for anyone moving within the state. Bring your other state license or identification with you if you go to the local DMV.
You need to apply for a driver’s license within the state within 10 days if you want to drive. You must also title and register your vehicle within 20 days.
How Do I Change My Address If I’m Moving Out of California?
If you are moving out of state, report the change of address to the DMV within 10 days of moving. This can be done online. On this document, click on, “check if registered outside of California,” which will help you avoid being billed.
Who Can I Call With Any Questions?
Contact the California Department of Motor Vehicles by calling (800) 777-0133.
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