How to do a Delaware change of address

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Whenever you move, it's essential to update your address with the relevant government agencies and service providers, including the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV). This ensures you continue receiving important documents and services at your new location.

The process of changing your address typically involves updating your driver's license and vehicle registration information, but specifics can vary significantly by state. To help out, we’ve gathered some details for the change-of-address process in Delaware.


Key insights

You don’t need any physical documents to update your address through the Delaware DMV.

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Make sure to complete your change of address within 30 days of your move.

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If you’re new to Delaware, get your car registered within 60 days of the move.

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If you’re leaving Delaware, you’ll have to let the Delaware DMV know and send in your license plates.

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Preparing for your change of address

Before beginning the process of changing your address, it's important to gather all the necessary documents to avoid any delays or complications. Make sure you know both your old and new addresses, and plan to file your change of address within 30 days of your move.

You’ll also need this information to complete a change-of-address form in Delaware (you don’t need the physical documents, however):

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Driver’s license number
  • License plate number

If you’re moving to Delaware from another state

New Delaware residents have to file in person at the DMV or by filling out an online change of address form and mailing it within 30 days of their move. You’ll also have to take a road test if your existing license is not valid.

If you own a vehicle, you’ll also have to register it with the DMV within 60 days of your move.

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If you’re moving within Delaware

Current Delaware residents can file in person at the DMV or by mailing a change of address form. Just make sure to file within 30 days of your move.

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If you’re moving from Delaware to another state

If you’re moving away from Delaware and have a vehicle, you'll need to cancel or transfer your vehicle registration to your new state of residence and follow its specific procedures. Alert the Delaware DMV of your registration change and mail your license plates to this address:

Division of Motor Vehicles
Attn: Uninsured Motorist Section
P.O. Box 698
Dover, DE 19903

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FAQ

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

Yes, you must update your driver’s license within 30 days of your move.

Can I change my address with the Delaware DMV online, or do I need to visit a DMV office in person?

Whether you’re a current or a new Delaware resident, you can update your address in person at the DMV or by mailing an online form.

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

To update your address in Delaware, you’ll need your new and old address. You don’t need any particular documents, but you do need the following information:

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Driver’s license number
  • License plate number
Is there a fee to change my address at the DMV?

There are no fees for an address change or for a new license with a change of address in Delaware.

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

When you move, especially to a different district or state, you need to update your voter registration to reflect your new address. This ensures you can vote in local elections that affect your new community and that you're assigned to the correct polling place.

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

Yes, you need to update your insurance when you move. Moving can affect your insurance policies, including auto, homeowners, renters and health coverage. For all insurance updates, it's best to contact your insurance providers directly to inform them of your move and discuss any necessary changes to your policies. This ensures continuous coverage and that your policies reflect your current needs and location.

Where else do I need to change my address?

Make sure to change your address with the Postal Service, even if your move is temporary. Also take the time to update your address with any subscription services and financial institutions.

Bottom line

Updating your address when you move ensures you remain compliant with state laws and continue receiving essential services and documents.

Be sure to check the specific requirements and procedures for changing the address on your driver's license and vehicle registration by visiting Delaware’s DMV website or visiting in person. This will help you navigate the process smoothly and avoid any potential delays or penalties.


Article sources
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. Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles, “DMV Change of Address Form.” Accessed April 24, 2024.
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