Frequently Asked Questions

Can I have different addresses on my driver license and my vehicle registration?
Technically, drivers in NJ can have different addresses stated on their drivers license and car registration. The address change process you need to complete with the New Jersey DMV only updates your vehicle records and not your drivers license and car registration.

In order to obtain a new driving license or vehicle registration, you must apply for a NJ drivers license replacement and a NJ car registration replacement.

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How do I change my address on my car insurance?
In order to change your address on your car insurance, notify your insurance provider of your official address change, so that you may receive timely information from your auto insurance company.

Additionally, to save time and money, some NJ drivers who change their mailing address choose to obtain new car insurance quotes instead of changing the address with their current insurance coverage provider.

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How do I change my address on my car registration?
The NJ MVC allows you to change your address on your car registration online, by phone or in person.

  • To change your address online, visit the website of the New Jersey MVC and follow the instructions provided. You will be required to provide your ZIP code, drivers license number and SSN.
  • To change your address by phone, call the NJ DMV toll-free number (888) 486-3339 and provide your ZIP code, drivers license number and SSN.
  • To change your address in person, visit a New Jersey DMV near you and present documents that meet the 6 point ID program requirements. For more information on selecting the right documents and satisfying the requirements of the 6 point ID verification program, visit the MVC website.

After you complete the official address change, you will be sent new address stickers which you can attach to the back of your existing NJ registration card.

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How do I change my address on my commercial drivers license?
To get a CDL showing your new address, you must obtain a CDL replacement by visiting a NJ DMV location and providing documents that meet the 6 point identification program requirements. For more information on selecting the right documents and satisfying the requirements of the 6 point ID verification program, visit the NJ MVC website.

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How do I change my address on my drivers license?
The NJ MVC allows you to change your address on your drivers license online, by phone or in person.

  • To change your address online, visit the website of the New Jersey MVC and follow the instructions provided. You will be required to provide your ZIP code, drivers license number and SSN.
  • To change your address by phone, call the NJ DMV toll-free number (888) 486-3339 and provide your ZIP code, drivers license number and SSN.
  • To change your address in person, visit a New Jersey DMV near you and present documents that meet the 6 point ID program requirements. For more information on selecting the right documents and satisfying the requirements of the 6 point ID verification program, visit the MVC website.

After you complete the official address change, you will be sent new address stickers , which you can attach to the back of your existing NJ driving license or ID card.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in New Jersey

How do I change my address on my ID card?
Drivers must complete all the required steps to change address on a New Jersey ID card within four weeks from moving to a new address. Drivers can change their address on an identification card online, by phone or in person.

  • To change your address online, visit the website of the New Jersey MVC and follow the instructions provided. You will be required to provide your ZIP code, ID card number and SSN.
  • To change your address by phone, call the NJ DMV toll-free number (888) 486-3339 and provide your ZIP code, ID card number and SSN.
  • To change your address in person, visit a New Jersey DMV near you and present documents that meet the 6 point ID program requirements. For more information on selecting the right documents and satisfying the requirements of the 6 point ID verification program, visit the MVC website.

After you complete the official address change, you will be sent new address stickers which you can attach to the back of your existing NJ ID card.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in New Jersey

How do I change my name on my car insurance?
To change your name on your vehicle insurance you will need to contact your auto insurance company directly. Once you get in contact with your NJ car insurance representative, inform them of your new name. Keep in mind that they may ask you to present certain documents that verify the change of name.
How do I change my name on my car registration?
In order to request a name change on car your registration in New Jersey, the NJ MVC allows you to do so either by mail or in person by visiting a visit a local New Jersey DMV office. To upgrade your name on your NJ vehicle registration you are required to provide the following documents:

  • A written request for the correction (only if changing name on car registration by mail)
  • Your original NJ registration card
  • Copies of documents that prove the official name change:
    • Marriage certificate
    • Certified court order
    • Divorce decree
  • Payment for the applicable fee

If you are changing your name by mail, send the documents to the following address:

Motor Vehicle Commission Data Base Corrections Unit P.O. Box 141 225 East State Street Trenton, NJ 08666

How do I change my name on my driver’s license?
In order to complete a name change on drivers license in New Jersey, you must first change your name with the Social Security Administration (SSA).

Proceed to updating your name on your NJ drivers license in person at a NJ DMV location within two weeks from your official name change with the SS by providing the following documents:

  • One primary proof of identity:
  • One secondary proof of identity:
    • Divorce decree
    • Marriage certificate
    • Court order
  • Proof of valid Social Security Number
  • Proof of address:
    • Utility bills
    • Bank statements
  • Payment for the $11 name change

For more information on selecting the right documents and satisfying the requirements of the 6 point ID verification program, visit the MVC website. Keep in mind that you must show at least one document to serve as a link between your old and new name.

How do I change my name on my ID card?
In order to complete a name change on identification card in New Jersey, you must first change your name with the Social Security Administration (SSA).

After completed an official name change with the SSA, you can proceed to updating your name on your NJ ID card in person at a NJ DMV location by providing the following documents:

  • One primary proof of identity:
  • One secondary proof of identity:
    • Divorce decree
    • Marriage certificate
    • Court order
  • Proof of valid Social Security Number
  • Proof of address:
    • Utility bills
    • Bank statements
  • Payment for the $11 name change fee

For more information on selecting the right documents and satisfying the requirements of the 6 point ID verification program, visit the MVC website. Keep in mind that you must show at least one document to serve as a link between your old and new name.

How do I contact the Social Security Administration for my name change?
In order to complete an official name change in the state of New Jersey, you will need to get in touch with the Social Security Administration so this information can be reflected on your Social Security Number. To find a branch near you, simply visit the SSA website and search for an office in your area. Once you have located a branch in your surrounding area, make sure to bring the proper documentation with you for your visit.

After the SSA has verified your change of name, you can visit a NJ DMV near you and begin the process to change your name on your license and registration.

How much does it cost to change my name on my car registration?
The fee to update your name on your New Jersey vehicle registration is $5. If you wish to correct an error on your registration card caused by the NJ MVC, the correction fee will be waived. Make sure to check with your local DMV for the acceptable methods of payment and available services.
How much does it cost to change my name on my car title?
To update name on car title, NJ drivers must provide their original certificate of title along with certified copies of documents that prove the official name change, such as: marriage certificate, certified court order and/or divorce decree. The legal name change process on a NJ car title also includes the payment of a $60 fee.

You can change your name on your New Jersey certificate of title in person at a NJ DMV location or by mail.

How much does it cost to change my name with the DMV?
The cost to legally change your name with the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission is as follows:

What documents do I need to present for proof of residency?
One of the items on your New Jersey address change checklist is providing proof of NJ residency as part of the documents required under the 6 Point ID verification program. When changing your address with the New Jersey MVC, you must provide at least one of the following documents:

  • Utility or credit card bill
  • Bank statement
  • Original lease or rental agreement
  • Property tax bill, statement or receipt
  • Any letter or correspondence (including tax bills) received from the IRS or state tax office
  • First-class mail received from any federal, state or local government agency

You must also provide at least one primary proof of identity and at least one secondary proof of identity, as well as a valid Social Security Number and the $24 renewal fee payment.

For more information on selecting the right documents and satisfying the requirements of the 6 point ID verification program, visit the MVC website.

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What documents do I need to present if I am a non-U.S. citizen changing address?
The requirements to change address in New Jersey are similar for both US and non-US citizens. Non-US citizens must also meet the 6 point ID verification requirements when completing the required steps to change address with the New Jersey MVC. The only difference is that non-US citizens must also provide at least one of the following documents as primary ID:

  • Foreign passport with INS or USCIS verification
  • Foreign passport with valid Form I-551 stamp
  • Current alien registration card
  • Refugee travel document (Form I-571)

Additionally, non-US citizens must provide at least one secondary proof of identification, a valid Social Security Number and proof of NJ residency.

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What penalties will I face if I do not change my address with the DMV?
Any driver who moves to New Jersey or has recently moved to a new residence is required to make an official address change with the NJ MVC within 10 days of moving. Failure to do so may result in select fees and/or fines.

In addition, if you do not report an official address change to the New Jersey DMV, you will not be able to receive your renewal notices, which could lead you to have to pay late renewal fees.

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When must I change my address with the DMV?
Drivers must change their address with the New Jersey MVC within four weeks from moving to a new address. The NJ DMV allows you to update your address on your DMV documents online, by phone or in person.

After you complete the official address change, you will be sent new address stickers which you can attach to the back of your existing registration card, certificate of title, drivers license or ID card.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in New Jersey