Frequently Asked Questions

Can I have different addresses on my driver license and my vehicle registration?
The Washington Department of Licensing highly recommends that all drivers have the same information on their driving documents, including their WA drivers license, car registration and vehicle title. However, while an address change is required of all individuals who move, it is not necessary to purchase a new license, as your DOL online profile has already been updated.

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How do I change my address on my car insurance?
Address changing with a car insurance company is simple. All a driver must do is contact their provider and inform them of the move. At this point, the insured will be asked to provide certain pieces of information to submit address change paperwork. Be sure to have the following information in hand:

  • A description of your vehicle
  • Your insurance policy number
  • Your old and new addresses
  • Your full name

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How do I change my address on my car registration?
Vehicle owners may change car registration addresses in two ways: in person and online. To do so online, simply visit the Department of Licensing s License eXpress website and give your ID card number and the last four digits of your Social Security Number. In person, you will typically be asked to provide your old and new address, along with proof of identity. There is no charge for updating your records with the DOL.

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How do I change my address on my commercial drivers license?
Commercial vehicle drivers are required to perform CDL address changes in person at a local licensing office. Remember to bring your current commercial drivers license, proof of residence (including your new address) and payment for the fees in order to complete the process.

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How do I change my address on my drivers license?
Drivers have three options for completing a motor vehicle change of address in Washington. They can do so online, in person and by mail.

Online

The Washington DOL offers an online service called License eXpress, which allows drivers to update their information on their driving license, ID card and more. Applicants must provide their license number and the final four digits of their Social Security Number.

In Person

Visit a driver licensing office with your current WA drivers license and proof of residence to update your address. If you would like to obtain an updated driving license, you will also have to pay a fee.

By Mail

Send in a completed Driver License Change of Address form, along with payment (if you want an updated license), to the following address:

Driver & Vehicle Records Department of Licensing PO Box 9030 Olympia, Washington 98507

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How do I change my address on my ID card?
Residents of Washington can perform an ID card address change in Washington online, in person and by mail.

Online

Log on to the DOL s License eXpress website and provide your ID card number and the last four digits of your Social Security Number to perform an identification card address change.

In Person

To update address on ID card documents in person, you must visit a licensing office and provide your current ID card, proof of residence, and payment (if you would like to get an updated identification card).

By Mail

Mail in a filled out Driver License Change of Address form with payment, if you want an updated card) to this address:

Driver & Vehicle Records Department of Licensing PO Box 9030 Olympia, Washington 98507

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How do I change my name on my car insurance?
Submitting a name change request with your car insurance company is easy. A resident may simply visit the provider office and provide a representative with their full name, their insurance policy number and a description of the vehicle to complete the process. Some companies will also allow you to complete the process by phone or online.
How do I change my name on my car registration?
To perform a name change on car registration in Washington, vehicle owners must gather the following:

The next step is to submit the above documents by mail, with a check or money order for the various fees) to a licensing office, a Quick Title office or the below address:

Refunds and Title Services Department of Licensing PO Box 9909 Olympia, WA 98507-8500

Washington name change forms can also be submitted in person to a licensing or Quick Title office.

How do I change my name on my driver’s license?
The steps to perform a name change on drivers license credentials are quick and simple. All a driver must do is visit a local licensing office and bring proof of ID (any standalone document that features your new name, such as your new Social Security card) or one of the following documents:

  • Marriage certificate/license
  • Divorce decree
  • Court order
  • Original birth certificate

After providing the necessary information, you will be asked to pay the $10 revision fee.

How do I change my name on my ID card?
The steps to change name on an ID card are similar to those necessary for updating a drivers license. Simply go to a local licensing office and give a representative proof of your identity (a document that states your new name) or a marriage certificate, divorce decree, court order or original birth certificate. Then pay the $10 Washington ID card name change fee.
How do I contact the Social Security Administration for my name change?
Drivers looking to perform an official name changemust notify the Social Security Administration first. They can do so in one of two ways: in person and by mail.

To complete the process in person, simply visit an SSA office and bring the following:

  • A completed Application for a Social Security Card
  • Proof of ID:
    • Drivers license
    • US passport
  • Proof of legal presence:
    • US birth certificate,
    • Permanent Resident Card
  • Proof of name change:
    • Marriage certificate
    • Divorce decree
    • Court order

To apply by mail, simply submit the above documents to a local office, along with a completed Application for a Social Security Card. For more information, visit the Social Security Administration website.

How much does it cost to change my name on my car registration?
In the state of Washington, the Department of Licensing allows drivers to change name on registration and title at the same time. In terms of price, the cost varies based on how soon you need your vehicle title. The two prices for title and registration services are:

  • Name change title: $19
  • Name change Quick Title: $69

Additionally, some offices may charge service fees.

How much does it cost to change my name on my car title?
The cost to submit a car title name change in Washington varies based on one simple factor: how quickly you want to receive your updated document. Drivers who want to receive a new title immediately will have to pay more than those who do not mind waiting eight to ten weeks. The breakdown of price is as follows:

  • Name change title: $19
  • Name change Quick Title: $69

Furthermore, some offices may charge a $12 service fee for changing name on car title.

How much does it cost to change my name with the DMV?
The cost to update your name with the Washington Department of Licensing varies based on whether you put in a name change request online or in person. The fees are as follows:

  • Updated drivers license or ID card (in person): $10
  • Updated drivers license or ID card (online): $20
What documents do I need to present for proof of residency?
Drivers can employ one of two approaches when it comes to proving Washington residency. They can either provide one primary document or two secondary documents. Examples of primary documents include:

  • A current drivers license or ID card.
  • A homeowner s insurance policy.
  • A home utility bill dated within the past 60 days.
  • Mortgage documents

Some secondary documents you could use to perform an address changing are:

  • A car insurance policy.
  • A Washington business license.
  • A current Washington State voter card.

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What documents do I need to present if I am a non-U.S. citizen changing address?
Non-citizens of the United States must provide additional documentation when submitting an address change request in Washington. Along with proof of identity (WA driving license), and proof of their new address, these drivers must also show one of the following proofs of legal presence:

  • A Permanent Resident Card
  • A Temporary I-551 stamp in foreign passport
  • An Employment Authorization card

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What penalties will I face if I do not change my address with the DMV?
By not submitting an address change request within 10 days of a move, drivers will face a fine from the Department of Licensing. Fortunately, this issue is easily avoided if you keep your driving license, registration and vehicle title current.

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When must I change my address with the DMV?
The Washington Department of Licensing requires that all individuals complete an official address change with the DOL within 10 days after moving. Not complying with this rule will result in a late fee.

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