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How to Handle a Change of Address in New York

If you are a New York resident and have changed addresses or plan to do so in the near future, you must have the address information updated on your license, vehicle registration and title certificate. You are also required to notify your insurance provider of your new address.

REPORTING A CHANGE OF ADDRESS TO THE DRIVER LICENSE DIVISION

You must notify the New York Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) of a change in address within 10 days of moving to a new residence, and to obtain a replacement driver license. Reporting a change of address to your local DMV office is simple, and can be done in person, via mail, or by telephone. If you are a commercial license holder, apply in person at your local driver license office.

Reporting an address change in person:

  1. Locate the DMV office nearest you.
  2. Bring your current license.
  3. Fill out form MV-232 (This Change of address form lets you update your address in your driver's license/permit/ID card and your registration at the same time).
  4. There is no fee if you do not order new documents.
    • Once you report the change, you can just write down your new address in the space available at the back of your license/permit/ID card.
    • On your registration card, you can just strike out the old address and enter the new one.
    • Your title is valid with the old address, so do not make any changes in the title.
  5. If you order new documents, you have to pay the required fees ($15 for new driver's license, $8 for a four year ID card).
  6. Your new documents will arrive by mail in about four weeks.

Reporting an address change by mail:

  1. Complete the form MV-232 (Change of address) and mail it to the following address:
    DMV License Production Bureau
    

    P.O. Box 2895

    Albany, NY 12220-0895

  2. There is no fee if you do not order new documents.
    • Once you report the change, you can just write down your new address in the space available at the back of your license/permit/ID card.
    • On your registration card, you can just strike out the old address and enter the new one.
    • Your title is valid with the old address, so do not make any changes in the title.
  3. If you want new documents include the fee (the amount is listed on the form), which can be paid through a check or money order made payable to the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles. (Remember to mark the correct boxes).
  4. It takes about four weeks for new documents to arrive by mail.

Reporting an address change by telephone:

  1. Call a toll-free numbers.
  2. Keep your photo ID card handy as you will be asked to prove your identity.
  3. If you need new documents keep credit card at hand. The fee is $15 for new driver's license, $8 for a four year ID card. (You have to pay an additional service charge of $5 dollars for each new document you order by phone).

ADDRESS CHANGE ON YOUR VEHICLE TITLE AND REGISTRATION

  1. You must notify your local DMV office of a change of address and have this information updated on your New York Vehicle Registration certificate. This must be done within 10 days of moving to a new address, since this will allow you to receive your renewal notice and any other correspondence in a timely fashion.
  2. By filling out form MV-232 you can update your address on your vehicle registration as well. Once you have reported the change to the DMV, you can just strike out the old address and enter the new one on your registration card.
  3. Your title is valid with the old address so you do not have to make any changes.
  4. You can report the change of address by mail, by phone or in person by visiting your local DMV office and your records will be updated at no charge.

NOTIFYING YOUR INSURANCE SERVICE PROVIDER OF AN ADDRESS CHANGE

  1. You must also notify your insurance provider of your change of address, so that you receive timely information regarding due dates for payments, renewals, and other communication.
  2. To save time and money, some New York drivers who change addresses choose to obtain a free quote for new auto insurance instead of changing the address with their current insurance provider. Not only does this save the hassle of contacting and notifying the current insurance company, but it could potentially save hundreds of dollars by identifying companies that offer lower rates and/or better coverage.

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What do you do if you have no permanent new address, or even an address you are staying at long enough to warrant an address change i.e. staying at places week to week? Thank you in advance for your prompt reply. --Mark

 

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