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How to Handle a Change of Address in Virginia

If you are a Virginia resident and have changed addresses or plan to do so in the near future, you must have the address information updated on your license, vehicle registration and title certificate. You are required to inform the DMV office within 30 days of your changing address. You are also required to notify your insurance provider of your new address.

You must provide DMV with the street address of your principal Virginia residence. A post office box or business address is not acceptable and your principal address must be in Virginia. However, if you do not want your residence address to appear on your driver's license or photo ID card, you may provide DMV with an alternate address in addition to your residence address. This alternate address must also be in Virginia.

If you change your residence address or alternate address to a location outside Virginia, your driver's license or photo ID card will be cancelled. Exceptions may be made for some individuals such as active duty military personnel and Virginia residents employed outside Virginia.


You must notify the Virginia Driver License Division of a change in address within 30 days of moving to a new residence, and to obtain a replacement driver license. Reporting a change of address to your local DMV customer service centre is simple, and can be done in person, by telephone, or online. If you are a commercial license holder, apply in person at your local driver license office.

Reporting an address change in person:

  1. Locate the DMV customer Service centre nearest you.
  2. Bring your current license, along with proof of legal presence to prove your citizenship or legal presence.
  3. Pay the fee of $10.00 by Cash, check, e-check, money order, check card or Credit card.

Reporting an address change by telephone:

  1. You may also change your address by calling DMV at (804) 497-7100
  2. Follow the verbal instructions.
  3. Select your payment type. Pay the fee of $10 with a Visa, Mastercard, or American Express card.

Reporting an address change via the Internet:

  1. You can report a change of address online by visiting and following the instructions carefully.
  2. Pay the fee of $10, plus a $3 service charge. All major credit cards are accepted.
  3. The process normally takes about two weeks.


  1. You must also notify your insurance provider of your change of address, so that you receive timely information regarding due dates for payments, renewals, and other communication.
  2. To save time and money, some Virginia drivers who change addresses choose to obtain a free quote for new auto insurance instead of changing the address with their current insurance provider. Not only does this save the hassle of contacting and notifying the current insurance company, but it could potentially save hundreds of dollars by identifying companies that offer lower rates and/or better coverage.


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