The Basics of Changing Your Address in Minnesota
Minnesota, unlike many other states, does not have an online portal that allows drivers to update their addresses. Also, drivers must obtain a duplicate license when they change their address. In some states, merely providing the DMV with your new address is enough. You may need to provide identification documents at the Minnesota Driver’s License Office. Read on to learn more about how drivers can change their addresses in Minnesota.
Changing Your Address If You Are Moving Within Minnesota
If you are moving within Minnesota, you must notify the Minnesota Driver & Vehicle Services (DVS) about your address change. You can do this in person at a Driver’s License Office. When you are in the office, the staff members will attempt to verify your identity by comparing the picture they have on file with your current appearance. However, it is possible that they will not be able to verify your identity if the picture on your driver’s license is quite old and you look very different. When this happens, you will be required to submit additional documentation that verifies your identity. If it has been quite a while since you had your driver’s license photo taken, you may want to bring along acceptable identity verification documents just in case the staff cannot verify your identity. You will need either one primary document and one secondary document or two primary documents. Acceptable primary identity verification documents include:
- Certified copy of birth certificate
- Valid US passport
- Valid military ID
- US Permanent Resident card (commonly known as the “green card”)
Acceptable secondary identification documents include:
- Driver’s license from another state
- Social Security card
- Court order with your full name and date of birth
- Certified school transcript
- Valid pilot’s license
- Valid firearms license
Changing Your Address If You Are Moving To Minnesota From Another State
If you move to Minnesota from another state, you will need to provide the Minnesota DVS with your address. You can do this by exchanging your out-of-state license for a Minnesota license. You will need identity verification documents in order to do this. The rules regarding identity verification for new residents are the same as the rules for current Minnesota residents who need a duplicate license. You will need either two primary documents or one primary document and one secondary document. The list of acceptable documents can be found above.
You will also need to pass a written test and a vision test to get a Minnesota license. If your license has expired for more than a year, you must also pass a driving test. Once you provide the required documents and pass the tests, your old license will be invalidated and returned to you. You will be issued a new Minnesota license.
Contacting the Minnesota DVS With Questions
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