How to do a Massachusetts change of address

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Where are you moving to?

Massachusetts city street in a residential area

When you're moving to a new home, one crucial task is notifying various entities about your change of address. This includes government agencies like the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV).

Updating your driver's license and vehicle registration information is typically required, but the specifics can differ by state. We've compiled details on the process for changing an address in Massachusetts to ensure you continue receiving important documents and services at your new location.

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File your change of address within 30 days of moving to Massachusetts.

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Register your vehicle with the RMV immediately if you own one.

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If you’re moving away from Massachusetts, you’ll need to destroy or recycle your license plates once your registration expires.

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It’s usually $115 to switch your ID from out of state to Massachusetts.

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Preparing for your change of address

Before initiating the change-of-address process, it's essential to gather all the necessary documents to avoid any delays or complications. Have your old and new addresses ready, and plan to file the change within 30 days of your move.

You don’t need documents on hand to complete a change-of-address form in Massachusetts online or over the phone, but you'll need the following information:

  • Name
  • Driver’s license number
  • Last four digits of your Social Security number
  • Email address

To update your ID, you’ll need:

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

If you’re moving to Massachusetts from another state

If you’re a new Massachusetts resident, you must file in person at the RMV, over the phone or online within 30 days of your move. You won’t be required to take a driving test to update your license if your current license is not more than one year expired.

If you own a vehicle, you'll also need to register it with the RMV immediately.

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If you’re moving within Massachusetts

Current Massachusetts residents can file in person at the RMV, over the phone (varies by area code) or online to update their address. You’ll need to file within 30 days of your relocation.

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If you’re moving from Massachusetts to another state

If you're relocating from Massachusetts and have a vehicle, you'll need to cancel or transfer your registration according to the procedures in Massachusetts. Notify the Massachusetts RMV of your registration change, and you’ll be asked to destroy plates or recycle them when the registration period is over. You may be eligible for a tax abatement for canceled registration.

Where are you moving to?


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

Yes, you're required to update your driver's license within 30 days after moving to a new residence in Massachusetts.

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

You can file online, in person or by phone (phone number varies depending on your area code).

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

There are no documents needed to change your address, but to update your ID you’ll need the following:

  • Proof of lawful presence
  • 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 at the RMV?

There’s no mention of fees for a change of address, but there are license and registration fees at the Massachusetts RMV. 

A new ID is generally $25, but if you need to switch from an out-of-state license, there is a $115 fee for typical non-commercial licenses. If you’re a current Massachusetts resident and don't want to buy a new ID, recommends writing the new address on the back of your ID.

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

Yes, you need to update your voter registration to reflect your new address so 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. This way, you’ll get continuous coverage that suits your needs and location.

Where else do I need to change my address?

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

Bottom line

Notifying the proper authorities of your new address after a move is crucial to staying compliant with state regulations and ensuring you keep receiving important mailings and services without interruption.

Make it a priority to verify the exact steps and documentation required by Massachusetts to update the address on your driver's license and vehicle registrations. You can find this information on the state RMV's website or by visiting an RMV office in person. Following the proper procedures will allow the address change process to go smoothly and prevent any lapses 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. Commonwealth of Massachusetts, “myRMV Online Service Center.” Accessed April 24, 2024.
  2. Commonwealth of Massachusetts “Massachusetts Identification (ID) Requirements.” Accessed April 24, 2024.
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