Frequently Asked Questions

Can I have different addresses on my driver license and my vehicle registration?
No, it is not allowable for a driver to have a different address on their driver s license than on their car registration. A driver s current residential address must be reflected on both documents.

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How do I change my address on my car insurance?
To change addresses on your car insurance policy, you must contact your vehicle insurance provider. Companies vary in the manner in which they accept address change requests. Hence, directly contacting your car insurance provider is the best way to find out the most accurate information on how to update your address information.

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How do I change my address on my car registration?
To initiate the process to change car registration addresses,you must complete and sign a Request for a Replacement Registration Card, License Plate Decal, or License Plate application form. Once you ve completed the required application, submit it along with two proofs of address and the replacement fee inperson at a WV DMV location to complete your transaction.

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How do I change my address on my commercial drivers license?
To change addresses on CDL licenses,simply visit a WV DMV location and fill out an application for a commercial driver slicense. Along with your application, bring the required two proofs of residential address to receive a CDL license that reflects your current address.

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How do I change my address on my drivers license?
To change addresses on DMV drivers licenses, you must pay a visit to their local West Virginia DMV office and fill out an Application for a Driver s License or Identification Card. Additionally, you will be required to present two proofs of your residential address. Once you ve completed all the aforementioned steps, you will be issued adrivers license replacement card that reflects your new address.

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How do I change my address on my ID card?
In order to change address onID cards, you must fill out an Application for a Driver s License or Identification Card and present two proofs of residential change at a West Virginia DMV office. You will also need to pay theduplicate ID card fee to receive an updated ID card.

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How do I change my name on my car insurance?
West Virginia residents must contact their car insurance company directly in order complete aname change request on their car insurance policy. The process to change names may take place by mail, phone, online, or in person with your local insurance agent. You must also beprepared to provide proof of your legal name change.
How do I change my name on my car registration?
To change name on car registrations, you must present one of the following documents as proper proof of your legal name change at a West Virginia DMV office:

  • A certified marriage certificate
  • A US birth certificate with an amended legal name change
  • A court order

You will also need to bring along your current car registration card.

How do I change my name on my driver’s license?
To apply for a name change on drivers licenses, simply visit a West Virginia DMV office and present your current drivers license along with proof of legal name change, such as:

  • A certified marriage certificate
  • A US birth certificate with an amended legal name change
  • A court order
How do I change my name on my ID card?
The process to change name on ID cards is the same as it is for a drivers license. Applicants may do so by presenting their current ID card and proof of name change at a local WV DMV office.
How do I contact the Social Security Administration for my name change?
In order to petition for name changes with the Social Security Administration office, you mustpresent or mail-in the following documentation:

  • Completed application for a Social Security card
  • Proof of legal name change:
    • Marriage certificate
    • Divorce decree
  • Proof of identity:
    • Drivers license
    • State ID
    • US passport
  • Proof of citizenship:
    • US birth certificate
    • Certificate of citizenship

Original documents or certified copies must be used when applying for a name change with the Social Security Administration. The SSA does not accept photocopies of original documents. For more information on the requirements to change names, visit the Social Security Administration website.

How much does it cost to change my name on my car registration?
To apply for a name change on car registration, drivers must request a replacement car registration card. Currently, the duplicate card fee stands at $5.
How much does it cost to change my name on my car title?
The cost to change name on car titles is $10. You must provide the WV DMV with proof of your legal name change in order to complete a duplicate car title transaction.
How much does it cost to change my name with the DMV?
The costof a name change request with the DMV is calculated by the fee of the service rendered. For example, the fee for a replacement drivers license is $5. The fee is the same to obtain a replacement car registration card.
What documents do I need to present for proof of residency?
When moving, you must change addresses with the West Virginia DMV by presenting acceptable proof of your new residential address at a DMV location. Acceptable documents include:

  • Utility bill
  • Tax records
  • Residential rental agreement
  • College admissions letter
  • Pay stub

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What documents do I need to present if I am a non-U.S. citizen changing address?
All licensed drivers mustchange addresseson DMV records. Both US citizens and non-US citizens must present two proofs of address change and relinquish their current driver s license in order to obtain a replacement card reflecting their new address.

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What penalties will I face if I do not change my address with the DMV?
Under West Virginia law, residents are required to notify the DMV of an address changing within 10 days for a car registration and within 20 days for a drivers license. Drivers face serious consequences for neglecting to keep their address information up to date. Such penalties include fines and even imprisonment. In addition, the WV DMV conducts car insurance verification requests via mail. Failure to respond to this inquiry will cause your driver s license and car registration to be revoked.

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When must I change my address with the DMV?
West Virginia law mandates that residents update their address information with the DMV in a timely manner. Drivers must change car registration address informationwithin 10 days. Motorists are required to changeaddress ondrivers licenses within 20 days.

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