How to do an Iowa change of address

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Moving to a new home comes with a long to-do list, and one crucial task is notifying the relevant authorities and service providers about your change of address. This ensures you continue receiving essential documents and services at your new location without interruption.

The process of updating your residential address typically involves changing the information on your driver's license and vehicle registration, but the specific requirements can vary from state to state. To help make this process smoother, we've outlined the steps for completing a change of address in Iowa.


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Plan to update your address in Iowa within 30 days of your move.

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You don’t need any specific documents for an address change, but you will need several documents to update your ID.

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Iowa requires that you update your vehicle registration within 30 days of moving to the state.

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Preparing for your change of address

Before starting the process of changing your address, it's important to gather all the necessary information to avoid any delays or complications. Make sure you have your old and new addresses on hand, and plan to file your change of address within 30 days of your move date.

You’ll also have to update your ID in Iowa. The following documents are required for a new ID:

  • Current driver’s license or ID
  • Proof of birthdate
  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of lawful status
  • Proof of Social Security number
  • Two proofs of residency

If you’re moving to Iowa from another state

New Iowa residents must file an address change in person within 30 days of their move. You'll also be required to take a vision test to update your driver's license. If you own a vehicle, you'll need to register it in Iowa within 30 days of moving.

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If you’re moving within Iowa

If you’re a current Iowa resident changing your address within the state, you can file in person to update your information. Just be sure to file the change within 30 days of your move date.

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If you’re moving from Iowa to another state

If you're leaving Iowa for another state, follow the new state's procedures. You’ll have up to six months to file for a refund for the unused part of your Iowa registration.

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FAQ

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

Yes, you're required to update your driver's license after moving to Iowa.

Can I change my address in Iowa online, or do I need to visit an office in person?

Current and new Iowa residents can update their address in person.

What documents do I need to bring for a change of address in Iowa?

To update your address in Iowa, you don’t need any particular documents. You will need the following for a new ID:

  • Current driver’s license or ID
  • Proof of DOB
  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of lawful status
  • Proof of Social Security number
  • Two proofs 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 in Iowa?

There’s no fee for an address change, but there is a $10 fee for a replacement ID, plus registration fees.

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

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

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

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

Where else do I need to change my address in Iowa?

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

Bottom line

After moving to a new home, one of your top priorities should be officially updating your address with the necessary state agencies. Doing so keeps you compliant with applicable Iowa laws and avoids disruptions to important services and document deliveries.

You'll need to change the address on file for your driver's license and any registered vehicles. Check Iowa's procedures and required documentation. Taking these steps prevents regulatory issues or delays from impacting your updated credentials.

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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. Iowa Department of Transportation, “Changes or Corrections.” Accessed April 30, 2024.
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