How to do a Kentucky 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 Kentucky.


Key insights

Plan to update your address within 10 days of your move to Kentucky.

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You’ll have to get an updated Kentucky ID to change your address.

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Register your vehicle in Kentucky within 15 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 documents 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 10 days of your move date.

New Kentucky residents must also get a new ID. For this you’ll need:

  • Proof of lawful status
  • Proof of Social Security number
  • Two proofs of residency
  • Out-of-state license
  • Proof of name change (if applicable)

If you’re moving to Kentucky from another state

Kentucky requires new residents to update your driver’s license to change your address. You can do this by mailing in a driver’s license change form or by visiting any driver licensing regional office within 10 days of your move.

Mail to:
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
Division of Driver Licensing at 200 Mero Street
Frankfort, KY 40622

If your existing driver’s license expired more than a year ago, you must take a written and vision test to update it. If you own a vehicle, you'll need to register it with the DMV within 15 days of moving to Kentucky.

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If you’re moving within Kentucky

If you’re a current Kentucky resident, the process is the same for changing your address. You can update your address by mail or in person at a driver licensing regional office. Just be sure to file the change within 10 days of your move date.

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If you’re moving from Kentucky to another state

If you're leaving Kentucky for another state, you'll need to follow the new state's procedures regarding vehicle registration, address changes and licensing.

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FAQ

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

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

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

You can either update your address by mail or in person at a driver licensing regional office.

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

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

  • Proof of lawful status
  • Proof of Social Security number
  • Two proofs of residency
  • Out-of-state license
  • Proof of name change (if applicable)

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 Kentucky DMV?

There are no fees for an address change, but there is a $15 fee for a replacement ID ($24 for a Real ID). You will also have to pay for updated vehicle registration.

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

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

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

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

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

You’ll need to change your address with the Postal Service in Kentucky, 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 Kentucky laws and avoids disruptions to important services and document deliveries.

You'll also need to change the address on file for your driver's license and any registered vehicles. Be mindful of Kentucky's particular procedures and timelines.


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. Commonwealth of Kentucky, “Renew, Replace, Update a Credential.” Accessed May 1, 2024.
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