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Changing Your Address in New York

Everyone who moves to New York from another or within the state must process a New York address change. On the other hand, everyone who moves out of New York must also submit their New York license plates and registration to the NY Department of Motor Vehicles (NYSDMV).

Be sure to update your address if you move within the state or to New York from another state. All residents, including new residents must update their addresses when they move to ensure their NY DMV registration record remains current.

For those who are coming to New York from out of state, you’ll need to show proof of residency for your new driver license and NY vehicle registration applications. .

If you move out of New York, you must submit your license plates and registration to the New York Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) either in person or by mail.

NOTE: Be sure to include a written request stating you are terminating your vehicle’s registration with the state. Once the NY DMV processes your information, you will receive a letter confirming the DMV cancelled your registration. Do not forget to cancel any auto insurance policies related to the vehicle. Need new car insurance? Visit our Car Insurance Center.

DMVGO.com also provides additional resources and helpful tips for changing your address or canceling your vehicle’s registration with New York. It includes information on how to transfer plates between vehicles, and more. You can also find your nearest NY DMV office.

How Do I Change My Address If I am Moving Within New York?

Even if you are moving from one address in New York to another address within the state, you must process a New York Address Change. However, you do not necessarily need to request new driver’s license or vehicle insurance documents. The New York DMV will have the updated address even if you do not get updated documents.

There are two ways to handle a New York address change if you are moving within the state. First, you can update your information through the NY DMV website. Secondly, you could also update your application by mail.

Mail your change of address form and payment to:

NYS DMV License Production Bureau
PO Box 2895
Albany, NY 12220-0895

Moving to New York from Another State?

As previously mentioned, you must get a New York driver’s license within 30 days if you establish residency in the state. This is how you provide the New York DMV with your new address. You only need to get a New York license if you are moving to the state permanently. If you are temporarily living in the state for work or school, you do not need to apply for a New York license.

In the event you need to process this application, you must go to a NY DMV office to get a driver’s license with your New York address.

If you have a valid driver license from another state, you do NOT need to pass a road or written test. The NY DMV will require you to complete a vision test.

Be sure to bring proof of New York residency (e.g., a copy of your residential lease) and hand over your old driver’s license.

The NY DMV will send you a temporary driver’s license without a picture on the spot. Your permanent license will arrive in the mail within 2 weeks.

How Do I Change My Address If I am Moving from New York?

If you are moving from New York to a different state, you must surrender your New York plates and registration. Send the completed form and the documents to this address:

6 Empire State Plaza
Room B240
Albany, NY 12228


You do not need to mail your driver’s license to the New York DMV. When you move to another state, the DMV at your new state of residence will take your New York license and destroy it when you apply for a driver’s license.

Additionally, your new state’s DMV will also contact the New York DMV to let them know your New York license is no longer valid.

Make sure to bring all the necessary documents with you (e.g., your birth certificate and Social Security card) when getting a new driver license.


Last Verified:
Apr 10, 2023