How to do an Alabama change of address

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When you're moving to a new home, one crucial task is notifying various entities about your change of address. This includes relevant government agencies in your state.

Updating your driver's license and vehicle registration information is typically required, but the specifics can differ by state. We've compiled details on the process for changing an address in Alabama to ensure you continue receiving important documents and services at your new location.


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Update your address within 30 days of moving to Alabama.

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To update your ID (which must be done within 30 days of your move), you’ll need a few different documents.

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Current and new Alabama residents can change their address online or by mail.

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Preparing for your change of address

Before initiating the change-of-address process, it's essential to gather all the necessary information to avoid any delays or complications. Have your old and new addresses ready, and plan to file the change within 30 days of your move. You’ll have to provide the last four digits of your Social Security number, as well as your spouse’s (if applicable).

Documents needed for new ID:

  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of lawful status
  • Proof of Social Security number
  • Proof of school enrollment
  • Proof of residency

If you’re moving to Alabama from another state

If you’re a new Alabama resident, you can file a change of address online or by mailing a change of address form within 30 days of your move. You'll be required to take a vision test to update your driver’s license; if your license is expired beyond three years, both a written and a skills test are required.

If you own a vehicle, you'll also need to register it within 30 days of your move.

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If you’re moving within Alabama

The process is the same for both current and new Alabama residents. You can file online or by mail. If filing by mail, fill out this form to update your address. You’ll need to file within 30 days of your relocation.

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If you’re moving from Alabama to another state

If you're relocating from Alabama and have a vehicle, you'll need to cancel or transfer your registration according to the procedures in Alabama. You won’t have to turn in your old Alabama plates, but note that there are no refunds for any unused registration.

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FAQ

Do I need to update my driver’s license address if I’m moving within Alabama?

Yes, you're required to update your driver's license within 30 days of moving to a new residence in Alabama.

Can I change my address in Alabama online, or do I need to visit in person?

Both current and new Alabama residents can file a change of address online or by mail.

What documents do I need to bring to the DMV for a change of address in Alabama?

To update your address in Alabama, you don’t need specific documents, but you do need your new and old address and the last four digits of your Social Security number.

You will need the following for a new ID:

  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of lawful status
  • Proof of Social Security number
  • Proof of school enrollment
  • Proof of residency

If you’re updating your car’s registration, you’ll also need information about your vehicle.

Is there a fee to change my address at the Alabama DMV?

There’s no specified fee for a change of address, but there is a $36.25 fee for a new ID, plus registration fees for your vehicle.

Do I need to update my voter registration when I move to Alabama?

Yes, you need to update your voter registration to reflect your new address in Alabama so you’re assigned to the correct polling place.

Do I need to update my insurance policies when I move to Alabama?

Yes, you need to update your insurance when you move to Alabama. This way, you’ll get continuous coverage that suits your needs and location.

Where else do I need to change my address?

You’ll need to change your address with the Postal Service in Alabama, even if your move is temporary. Don’t forget to also update your address with any relevant subscription services and financial institutions.

Bottom line

Notifying the proper authorities of your new address after a move is crucial to staying compliant with state regulations and ensuring you keep receiving important mailings and services without interruption.

Make it a priority to verify the exact steps and documentation required by Alabama to update the address on your driver's license and vehicle registrations. Following the proper procedures will allow the address change process to go smoothly and prevent any lapses or penalties.


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ConsumerAffairs writers primarily rely on government data, industry experts and original research from other reputable publications to inform their work. Specific sources for this article include:
  1. Alabama Department of Revenue, “Change of Address Form.” Accessed April 29, 2024.
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