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Old 05-04-2009, 08:16 AM
 
Location: Planet Earth
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I recently moved into a new apartment so now my driverís license reads the incorrect address. I have updated my address with the DMV online and Iím not sure if I physically need to get a new driverís license or if updating online was sufficient. The website made me think I donít need a new license. Can anyone provide any insight?

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Law states that you must notify DMV within 10 days of changing your address. There is no charge to change your address, and you may notify DMV by any of the following ways:
1. Complete your change of address online.
2. Call any DMV office at 1 (800) 777-0133 and request that a change of address form be mailed to you. It will take 5 days for you to receive it. Complete the information required on the form, then mail it to the address listed at the top of the form.
3. Download the Change of Address form DMV 14, complete the information, and mail it to the address listed at the top of the form.
4. Visit any DMV office, complete a change of address form, and give it to a technician. The technician will give you a Change of Address Certificate card (DL 43) to complete and carry with your license.
If you do 2 or 3 above, type or write in ink your new address on a small piece of paper, sign and date it. Carry this piece of paper with your license. Do not tape or staple the change of address information to your driver license.
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Old 05-04-2009, 11:08 AM
 
Location: California
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You don't need a new physical copy of your license when you move. When you go to the DMV in person to change your address, you get a slip of paper that you keep with your license that has your new address (that you write in yourself) but it isn't super necessary. I've moved a couple times - at one point, the address on my license was from two apartments before - and I've never had a problem. Most people understand if you just tell them you've moved. If you need to prove your residency, you can bring a bill or a piece of mail with your address on it.

If you're worried about it, I'd print out the confirmation you got when you changed your name online. But I'd be surprised if you had any problems. People move.
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Old 05-04-2009, 11:17 AM
 
Location: NoHo (North Hollywood)
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ZenMaster, I had the exact same question about a year ago when I moved. I called the DMV after I did my change of address online and after waiting about 30 minutes to get to an operator, they advised me that I won't be receiving a new ID in the mail and that I can simply update my address on the back of my driver's license. If you look at the back of your license, there should be a section that reads "New Address" and you can just write it in.
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Old 05-04-2009, 01:12 PM
 
Location: Planet Earth
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Thanks for the advice. I never noticed the section on the back of my license that says "Change Address". Do I just write my new address in below that? I've never heard of writing on a driver's license.
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Old 05-04-2009, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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Thanks for the advice. I never noticed the section on the back of my license that says "Change Address". Do I just write my new address in below that? I've never heard of writing on a driver's license.
I did that but the problem is even when using permanent ink it will rub off or fade. I then tried the separate card with the correct address but that seemed dumb, too. After a while I just figured I'd wait until my renewal and forget about it until then. If someone wants to know my address, they can ask.
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