California Drivers License Change of Address Requirements
Have you recently moved to a new residence in California? The state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) requires you to process an address change on your California drivers license as soon as possible. Fortunately, all you need to do for a California drivers license change of address is to notify your local DMV. Select from the options below to get started.
Online application assistance can simplify the process for many DMV related services, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. In addition to the free forms and general instructions available from the DMV offices or websites, you will receive a comprehensive Easy Guide" containing information relevant to your service needs. Where possible, we will prepare your DMV forms and/or provide links to DMV online services. Via our partners at Road America, you will also receive 30 days of both emergency Roadside Assistance and the Repair Assist consultation service. In addition, you will be able to take advantage of a free membership to DMV Advisors, a state-specific help desk prepared to answer any driver-related questions or concerns you may have. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and a quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.
2: By mail, if eligible
Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the DMV in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local DMV.
3: Via a local DMV office
If you prefer to access DMV services in person or your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at a physical DMV office location. Varying DMV offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the DMV closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your local DMV allows you to make a personal appointment. Read more below to see if an in-person visit is either preferred or required.
California Drivers License Address Change
There is no need to visit a DMV office to perform a change of address on a California license. Drivers who have changed their address may perform their the change of address on their license by mail. A driver may also elect to do an address change online using the DMV Change of Address System. A driver can authorize the DMV to notify the secretary of state to change their voting address, too. There is no fee for a change of address on a California license.
Drivers may perform a change of address by downloading the form. By submitting the form to perform a California drivers license change of address, a driver can also perform a change of address for their car, boat and ID records. Drivers should mail the completed form to the address shown on the form. The California DMV will not issue new documents but the records will be updated.
Drivers who have changed their residential address in California can change the address on their state documents online via the Change of Address System. It is important to remember that if a driver uses this system to change their address, they are unable to use the online license renewal process for three days.
There is no charge to perform a California drivers license change of address.
A driver is unable to use this system to perform a change of address California license if they:
- Do not have a California license
- Have no Social Security Number
- Hold a commercial license and reside in another state
- Have an army or fleet office address
- Have an address outside of the United States
Changing Your Address When Moving From Another State
If you have recently moved from another state, you might want to consider acquiring a new license in order to reflect your new address. For more information on changing your address on your new drivers license, click here.
- Change your address on your California CDL license here.
- Change your address on your California Car Title here.
- Change your address on your California Car Registration here.