How to do a Maine change of address

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Whenever you move to a new residence, it's crucial to update your address with relevant government agencies and service providers. This ensures that you continue receiving important documents and services at your new location without any interruptions.

The process of changing your address typically involves updating your driver's license and vehicle registration information, but the specifics can vary significantly from state to state. To help you navigate this process smoothly, we've compiled the details for the change-of-address procedure in Maine.


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Update your address and your ID within 30 days of your move to Maine.

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New and current Maine residents can update their address over the phone.

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You’ll have to take a vision test to update your ID.

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Preparing for your change of address

Before initiating 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 both your old and new addresses handy. Plan to file your change of address and update your ID within 30 days of your move.

To complete a change-of-address form in Maine, you don’t need any particular documents. For a change of ID you'll need:

  • Proof of lawful presence
  • Proof of residency
  • Proof of Social Security number

If you’re moving to Maine from another state

New Maine residents can update their address by phone at 207-624-9000 within 30 days of the move. You'll have to take a vision test to update your license.

You'll also need to register your vehicle with the BMV within 30 days of your move.

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If you’re moving within Maine

Current Maine residents can call 207-624-9000 to update their address. Just make sure to file within 30 days of your move.

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If you’re moving from Maine to another state

If you’re leaving Maine with a vehicle, you'll need to surrender your license plates to the BMV.

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FAQ

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

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

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

Current and new Maine residents can update their address by phone at 207-624-9000

What documents do I need for a change of address in Maine?

To update your address in Maine, you don’t need any particular documents. To update your ID, you need the following:

  • Proof of lawful presence
  • Proof of residency
  • Proof of Social Security number

You’ll also need vehicle information if you’re updating your car’s registration.

Is there a fee to change my address at the BMV in Maine?

There’s a $30 fee for a new REAL ID, but there’s no fee to change your address in Maine. You will have to pay for new vehicle registration.

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

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 to Maine?

Yes, you need to update your insurance when you move to Maine. 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 in Maine?

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

Bottom line

Changing your address when you relocate isn’t just a wise move; it’s a requirement to remain compliant with Maine laws. Failing to update your address can lead to delayed receipt of essential documents and services.

Before getting started, consult the Maine BMV's website or office to verify its specific requirements and procedures for submitting an address change to your driver's license and vehicle registrations. Thorough preparation ensures the process is smooth and prevents any potential penalties or processing delays.


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. Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles, “New Resident With Valid Out-of-State License.” Accessed May 1, 2024.
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