How to do a Maryland 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 Maryland.


Key insights

Plan to update your address within 30 days and to get a new ID within 60 days of your move to Maryland.

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New and existing Maryland residents can update their address by mail, online or in person.

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If you’re leaving Maryland, you’ll have to surrender your Maryland license plates when you go.

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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 documents to avoid any delays or complications. Make sure you have both your old and new addresses handy, and plan to file your change of address within 30 days of your move.

You don’t need any particular documents to complete a change-of-address form in Maryland.

Documents needed for a new ID (which you’ll need within 60 days of your move):

  • One proof of identity
  • One proof of Social Security number
  • Two proofs of residency

If you’re moving to Maryland from another state

New Maryland residents can inform the state of an address change in writing by mail:

Corrections Unit
6601 Ritchie Highway NE
Glen Burnie, MD 21062

You can also update your address online or in person at any Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) full-service office within 30 days of the move. Alternatively, you can fill out a change of address form and mail it to:

Comptroller of Maryland
Revenue Administration Division
Taxpayer Identification
110 Carroll St.
Annapolis, MD 21411-0001

You'll have to take a vision test to update your license. If your out-of-state license has been expired for one year or more, you must complete a written and driving exam.

You'll also need to register your vehicle with the MVA within 60 days of your move.

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If you’re moving within Maryland

The process for an address change is the same for current Maryland residents. You can either mail in information about your address change, update your address online or visit an MVA office in person. Just make sure to file within 30 days of your move.

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If you’re moving from Maryland to another state

If you’re leaving Maryland with a vehicle, you'll need to return your license plates to the MVA when you move out. You can return them to an MVA tag and title office, take them to an MVA plate dropoff or mail them to the Glen Burnie MVA office. Do not cancel your insurance until after the MVA has received the plates.

You may be eligible for a refund if your plate expiration is more than 12 months after your relocation.

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FAQ

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

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

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

You have options. You can update your address by mail, online or in person.

What documents do I need to bring to the MVA for a change of address in Maryland?

There are no documents needed to change your address. Documents required for a new ID include:

  • One proof of identity
  • One proof of Social Security number
  • Two proofs of residency

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

Is there a fee to change my address at the MVA in Maryland?

There’s a $48 license fee to update your ID, but there’s no fee to change your address at the Maryland MVA. You will have to pay for Maryland vehicle registration.

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

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 Maryland?

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

Make sure to change your address with the Postal Service in Maryland, 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 Maryland laws. Failing to update your address can lead to delayed receipt of essential documents and services.

Before getting started, consult the Maryland MVA'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. Maryland Department of Transportation, “Changing or Correcting Customer Name and Address.” Accessed May 1, 2024.
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