Frequently Asked Questions

Can I have different addresses on my driver license and my vehicle registration?
The steps to change addresses vary, depending on what DMV record you need to update. Additionally, your mailing address may be different from your physical or residential address. If you only wish to update your mailing address, you can do so by calling 919-715-7000. To be best prepared, it is highly recommended that you make a visit to a nearby North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles office and make your address change in person.

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How do I change my address on my car insurance?
To complete an official address change on your car insurance, you should contact your insurance company directly and follow the step-by-step instructions you are provided with. They may ask you to fill out a form to confirm this change, or they may be able to process your request over the phone. If you have an online account, you can also update your account information and include your new residential address.

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How do I change my address on my car registration?
To complete an address change request on your car registration, you can do so in person or by mail.

In Person

You will need to complete a Notice of Change of Address Form (MVR-24A) at your local DMV. Be aware that changing your address will only modify your records with the DMV. If you would like to request a duplicate registration card, then you will need to apply for a replacement and pay any applicable fees.

By Mail

To make your change of address effective by mail, send a completed Notice of Change of Address Form (MVR-24A) to the following address:

Division of Motor Vehicles 3148 Mail Service Center Raleigh, NC 27699

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How do I change my address on my commercial drivers license?
For address changing on your commercial license, you should make an in-person visit to a nearby DMV office. You also have the option to request a replacement license online by visiting the NC DMV Request for Duplicate Driver License page. If you only wish to change your mailing address, you can do so over the phone by calling 919-715-7000. Make sure to provide both your old address and your current address.

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How do I change my address on my drivers license?
You may request a change of address on your license either online or in person.

  • To do so online, you will need to visit the NC DMV Duplicate License/ID Card page.
  • To complete the process in person, you will need to present your driver s license and payment for the duplicate fee.

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How do I change my address on my ID card?
You may request a change of address on your ID card either online or in person.

  • To do so online, you will need to visit the NC DMV Duplicate License/ID Card page. To complete the process in person, you will need to present your ID and payment for the duplicate fee.

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How do I change my name on my car insurance?
In order to make your petition for name change effective, contact your insurance provider to find out what documentation the specific company requires from you. They may ask you to fill out a specific form, or you may be able to proceed with your request over the phone. Have both your old address and current address available, as they may need these to update your records.
How do I change my name on my car registration?
Before drivers can complete the steps to change names on car registrations, it s important to have already updated their North Carolina driver s licenses. Thereafter, you may bring proof of name change to your local DMV office. Any of the below documents are acceptable:

  • Court Order or Affidavit
  • Marriage License
  • Divorce Decree

You will also need to present your car title and a completed Corrected or Substitute Title Application (MVR-5)

How do I change my name on my driver’s license?
To begin the NC name changing process, you must first notify the Social Security Administration of your new name. Once this is complete, you may then proceed to update your name with the North Carolina DMV.

Along with your drivers license, make sure to bring proof of name change to your in-person appointment. Acceptable documents proving an official name change include the following:

  • Court Order or Affidavit
  • Marriage License
  • Divorce Decree
How do I change my name on my ID card?
For your ID card to reflect your name change request, you will need to provide the NC DMV proof of this modification. Acceptable documentation include the following:

  • Court Order or Affidavit
  • Marriage License
  • Divorce Decree

Should you have any questions about the name change process, contact the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles ahead of time to find out about any additional documents you may bring. When making your request, remember to bring your NC driver’s license as well.

How do I contact the Social Security Administration for my name change?
To complete an official name change, you can find a Social Security branch in your area by visiting the Social Security Administration s Office Locator page. Once there, you will be able to search for an office nearby by simply entering your ZIP code. Keep in mind that you must first change your name with the Social Security Administration before you can proceed to updating your NC DOT records
How much does it cost to change my name on my car registration?
The fee to “change my name” on your car registration is $15 (fees may vary). In order to begin the process of changing your name on your car registration, visit a local DMV office and bring proof of name change. Acceptable documentation may include:

  • Marriage certificate
  • Divorce decree
  • Court-ordered document
How much does it cost to change my name on my car title?
The fee to complete an official name change on your car title is $15 (fees may vary). In order to begin the process of changing your name on your car registration, visit a local DMV office and bring proof of name change. Acceptable documentation may include:

  • Marriage certificate
  • Divorce decree
  • Court-ordered document
How much does it cost to change my name with the DMV?
In order to get a DMV replacement document, depending on what service you are utilizing, the fee is as follows:

  • Driver s license: $10
  • ID card: $10
  • Title or registration: $15

Keep in mind that fees may vary, so it is best to contact your local DMV branch ahead of time to be sure. When requesting a duplicate DMV-related document, whether it be your North Carolina driver’s license or ID card, you will need to show proof of identity as well.

What documents do I need to present for proof of residency?
When changing your address with the DMV, you will be required to present certain documentation that confirms your new address. You will also need to show proof of identity, such as your North Carolina driver’s license. For proof of residency, bring two of following documents to the DMV:

  • School records
  • Utility bills, such as electricity or cable
  • Mortgage statement
  • Banking statement
  • North Carolina Voter Registration Card
  • North Carolina Vehicle Registration Card
  • North Carolina Car Title

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What documents do I need to present if I am a non-U.S. citizen changing address?
Contact the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles to find out what documents may be asked of you when changing your address in person. Generally speaking, however, you may be able to present the following documents as proof of legal presence in the country:

  • Permanent Resident Card
  • Employment Authorization Card
  • Foreign passport with attached temporary I-551

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What penalties will I face if I do not change my address with the DMV?
Failure to change addresses when moving may result in fines and other penalties; therefore it is best to update your DMV records at your earliest convenience. In most cases, you will be required to make this change either in person or by mail. Some instances may allow you to make this change online by visiting the NC DMV Duplicate License/ID Card page. When requesting your address change in person, you should bring your North Carolina driver’s license and payment for the duplicate fee.

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When must I change my address with the DMV?
In the state of North Carolina, there are different grace periods to change your DMV-related documentation. They are as follows:

  • License or ID card address change request: 60 days within setting up a new residence
  • Car registration or title address change request: 30 days within setting up a new residence

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