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How to Perform a Driver License Address Change in Virginia

A Virginia drivers license change of address can be performed at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). You should change drivers license address details every time you move to a new permanent address so that the DMV always has your current information. A DMV address change can be completed using several different methods for your convenience. Failing to submit a Virginia DMV change of address can lead to several consequences, such as missing important DMV notifications. Learn how to change drivers license address information and when to change address on drivers license credentials.

Requirements for Drivers License Address Changes in Virginia

You must submit Virginia drivers license address changes within 30 days of moving to a new residence. VA DMV address changes should generally only be completed when you move to a new permanent address. If you move temporarily and plan on returning to your permanent address, then you may not need to provide your new address to the DMV. Note that a drivers license change of address helps the DMV send you important notices regarding your registration and license renewals, among other information. If the DMV does not have your current address, then you may not receive notifications on time or at all. Failing to change address on drivers license records may also mean that you cannot receive your new license after you renew your credentials. When you renew your license, the DMV will send your new card in the mail when it is ready. Be aware that drivers license cards will not be forwarded to a new address by the Post Office, making it important to always have your correct address on file with the DMV.

After changing drivers license address details in Virginia, you are not required to obtain a new drivers license displaying your new address. However, following a Virginia driving license change of address, you may order a new license for a fee.

What addresses can be used for Virginia DMV address changes?

Another Virginia DMV address change requirement to know is that you usually must use a Virginia address on your license. Drivers license address changes that use an out-of- state address will only be accepted in certain circumstances. In general, a DMV change of address can use an out-of- state address only if you are a Virginia resident who is in the military, attending school or employed outside of the state. If you submit a Virginia DMV address change using an out-of- state address but are ineligible for such circumstances, then the DMV may cancel your license. If you previously had a non-Virginia address on your license and you have moved back to the state, then you will need to provide proof of your legal presence before you can update your address.

Note that a Virginia driving license address change can only be completed using a P.O. box if it is for a mailing address, not a residence. You are allowed to provide the DMV with an alternative address that will appear on your driver’s license in lieu of your residential address. However, the DMV needs to have your street address on file, even if you do not want it printed on your license.

Where to Change Drivers License Address in Virginia

Changing drivers license address information in Virginia can be completed using several different methods. You can usually use whichever drivers license address change method you want without restrictions. You can change address on drivers license cards in the following ways:

  • Online
  • Over the phone
  • At any DMV customer service office
  • By mail

How to Change Virginia Drivers License Address Information

When you are ready to change your drivers license address in Virginia, you will want to have your old and new address on hand. Completing a DMV address change will also require that you have either your DMV customer number or your Social Security Number ready. Changing a drivers license address online simply requires that you visit the DMV website and enter your personal information and new address information when prompted. You may change drivers license address information over the phone by calling the DMV at 804-497- 7100. You can also visit a local DMV customer service center to change your address. Any DMV office can process your address change. You can also complete a drivers license change of address through the mail by filling out an Address Change Request Form. Mail your Virginia drivers license address change application to the following address:

Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles
P.O. Box 27412
Richmond, VA 23269

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