Washington DC Frequently Asked Questions about Name and Address Changes

When must I change my address with the DMV?
If you relocate within the District of Columbia, you must update your address with the DMV within 60 days. If you do not, you may miss important documents in the mail, such as renewal notices. You can update your address online, by mail or in person. You will have to pay a change of address fee to complete the process.

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How do I change my address on my drivers license?
Notifying the DC DMV of an address change on your driver’s license within 60 days of the move is mandatory. To perform this task, you must first gather certain documents including proof of residency, a completed application and your payment method. From there, select how you will submit the DC address change request: in person, by mail or online. The process can take up to two weeks.

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How do I change my name on my driver’s license?
The first step in submitting a name change request on your DC driver’s license is notifying the Social Security Administration. From there, you must gather a few documents to prove the name change such as a marriage certificate or court order document. Visiting a DC DMV service center to present the documents and pay the fee is the last step to change the name on your DC driver’s license.

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How do I change my address on my ID card?
The address changing process is simple as it only entails completing a few steps. If you complete this task on the DC DMV’s website, you will need proof of residency, address, and credit card information readily available. To notify the DMV via mail, you must submit these documents along with a completed application and a money order or check. The in-person option is for applications who do not have a REAL ID or limited purpose credential.

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How do I change my name on my ID card?
When you change your name on your ID card, it is important that you notify all necessary institutions. The first institution is the Social Security Administration. Once you have notified them, you can complete the request with the DC DMV to ensure your records are accurate. To do so, you must provide proof of your official name change. Acceptable documentation includes a divorce decree and marriage certificate.

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How do I change my address on my car registration?
There are three ways to perform an address change request: via mail, in person or online. You must notify the DC DMV of your change of address within 60 days of the move. The steps to change your address online include accessing the DC DMV website and providing information to verify your identity. By mail, you must provide proof of residence with two documents, a completed application form and the fee to the DC DMV with the note “Attn: Change of Address.” The DMV will require the same information for in-person requests.

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How do I change my name on my car registration?
To perform a name change on your car registration in Washington, D.C., you must first register the change with the Social Security Administration. Once that step is complete, you must visit your local DC DMV service center. The DMV requires that you provide documents including a certified marriage certificate, divorce decree or a court order document. You may also have to bring additional documents to submit the name change request including proof of ID and residency.

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How do I change my address on my commercial drivers license?
If you need to change the address on your commercial driver’s license in Washington, D.C., you can do so in one of three ways. Completing the process online via the DC DMV website is the most convenient. It requires that you provide proof of your identity and details on your old and new address. Via mail, you must submit two documents to prove your DC residency along with a completed application and the applicable fee. When completing an address change request in person, the same documents apply.

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How do I change my address on my car insurance?
To change the address on your DC car insurance, you must contact your insurance provider. Each provider has its own procedures to complete this process. Generally, applicants must provide proof of identity along with their new address to submit the request. In some cases, you may notice a rise in your car insurance rate as providers consider location when providing rates.

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How do I change my name on my car insurance?
Every DC car insurance provider operates differently. As such, they will each have their own procedure for you to change your name on your insurance. However, there are some general documents you will need including legal proof of the name change and proof of identity. Some providers allow policyholders to perform this task on the internet or via mail. Others may require an in-person visit. It’s important that you contact your provider as soon as possible to ensure your policy is up to date.

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Can I have different addresses on my driver license and my vehicle registration?
Yes, you may have a different address on your driver’s license and your vehicle registration. Your driver’s license should display the address of your current residence whereas the vehicle registration must simply include an accessible mailing address. In some cases, they are the same. However, that is not mandatory.

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What documents do I need to present for proof of residency?
To apply for a DC address change on any DMV records, you are required to present verification documents. This includes two documents that establish proof of your residency within the district. The documents you provide must be originals and list a valid local address. Examples of acceptable residency documents include:

  • Utility or telephone bills
  • Banking statements
  • A valid mortgage or lease agreement
  • Mail from an official government agency

Keep in mind that to complete an address change request using mail as proof of residency, the documents must be dated within the last 60 days.

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What documents do I need to present if I am a non-U.S. citizen changing address?
If you are a non-U.S. citizen, you can apply for an address change in DC as long as you submit the following to the DMV:

  • Proof of identity, such as a Certificate of Naturalization or foreign birth certificate
  • Proof of your Social Security Number or a Social Security Number Declaration
  • Two proof of district residency documents
  • The Driver License/Identification Card form
  • The $20 address change fee

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What penalties will I face if I do not change my address with the DMV?
If you do not perform an official address change with the DMV, you will not receive important notices and documents regarding inspections, licensing, vehicle registration, tickets and more. You will not be directly penalized for failing to submit an address change request. However, by failing to take action on documents mailed to the address on file, you may be subject to penalties and fines.

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How much does it cost to change my name with the DMV?
The price to process a name change at the DMV varies for each document you are trying to update. However, you can only do this once you name is officially changed and updated with the Social Security Administration. Then, you can proceed to change your name on your driver’s license, registration and title. The cost for each change is around $20.

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How much does it cost to change my name on my car registration?
You are able to change your name on your registration documents for the same price whether you need to renew or replace them. Changing your name on your car registration will cost $20. However, you will need to visit the DMV in person to accomplish this.

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How much does it cost to change my name on my car title?
Changing the information on your car title costs the same whether you are changing the information on a new, replacement or duplicate car title. The cost to change your name on a car title is $26. You cannot accomplish this online or through the mail, however. You must complete this change in person and bring a form of payment and documentation for your name change.

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How do I contact the Social Security Administration for my name change?
Registering your name change with the Social Security Administration (SSA) is a free and simple process. You will first need to gather proof of your identity such as a birth certificate. You will also need to provide proof of the official name change, such as a marriage certificate or court order. The last required document is a completed application for a Social Security card. You can mail the documents to a local SSA office or submit it in person.

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