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Virginia Address Change

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Whenever you move within Virginia or to Virginia from another state or other location, you must notify the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and change the address on your driver’s license or state-issued ID. While changing your address, you also can change one or more vehicle registrations to reflect the new address. You also can register to vote at your new legal residence. The Virginia DMV can process all three transactions when you provide the required information establishing your new legal residence within Virginia.

What Are the Basics?

All new or current Virginia residents must notify the Virginia DMV within 30 days of changing their respective principal residences in the state. A post office box or a business address does not qualify as a legal place of residence. The principal address must be a lawfully recognized residence in Virginia.

Virginia residents who do not want their addresses to appear on their driver’s license or state photo ID can provide an alternate address within the state. The alternate address is in addition to the legal residence that you report to the DMV.

You also must purchase a new driver’s license or state photo ID card that lists your new residence. You also can obtain a revised vehicle registration that reflects the new legal residence.

How Do I Change My Address if I Am Moving Within Virginia?

Current Virginia residents can change legal residences online, at a DMV service center, by calling the DMV at 804-497-7100 or by mail. If you choose to change your address by mail, you must complete a Form ISD-01 and mail it to:

Virginia DMVP.O. Box 27412
Richmond, VA 23269
How Long Do I Have to Complete This?

You have up to 30 days to file for a legal change of address with the Virginia DMV, but requests are processed after the 30-day period, too.

How Do I Change My Address if I am Moving to Virginia from Another State?

When you move to Virginia from another state or other location outside of Virginia, you must prove your legal presence in the United States to establish legal residency in Virginia. A social security card, tax ID number or a visa are examples of proof of legal residency in the United States. You also need to provide a legal residence that establishes your legal residence. That includes a lease or mortgage agreement showing the residence and current utility bills that list the address and your name as the legal resident.

If you have a vehicle that is registered out of state, you need to inform the Virginia DMV and change the address on each vehicle registration. You will need to provide proof of insurance and surrender the old license plates to the respective state agency to obtain your Virginia vehicle registration and license plate.

How Long Do I Have to Complete This?

New residents have up to 30 days to initiate procedures to legally change their residence to Virginia.

Last Verified:
Mar 1, 2023