How to do a Michigan change of address

Author pictureAuthor picture
Author picture
By:
Author picture
Edited by:

Where are you moving to?

michigan river landscape

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 Michigan.


Key insights

Plan to update your address immediately once you move to Michigan.

Jump to insight

If you already live in Michigan, there are different documentation requirements for changing your address on your ID versus on your vehicle registration.

Jump to insight

New and current residents can file a change of address online, in person or by mail.

Jump to insight

There’s no grace period for new Michigan residents carrying out-of-state licenses — update your ID immediately.

Jump to insight

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 immediately once you move.

Current Michigan residents who need to change the address on their ID need the following:

  • Michigan license or ID number
  • Last four digits of Social Security number

Current residents who need to update the address on their vehicle registration need:

  • Michigan license or ID number
  • Last four digits of Social Security number
  • License plate number

Documents needed for a new Michigan ID:

  • One proof of Social Security number
  • One proof of legal presence
  • One proof of identity
  • Two proofs of Michigan residency

If you’re moving to Michigan from another state

New Michigan residents can change their address online, in person or by mailing a change-of-address form to:

Michigan Department of State
P.O. Box 30764
Lansing, MI 48909-8264

You'll have to take a vision test to update your license. You'll also need to register your vehicle immediately after your move.

» READ: Best moving companies

If you’re moving within Michigan

If you’re a current Michigan resident, you can update your address online, in person or by mail. Just make sure to file immediately after you move.

» COMPARE: Best local movers

If you’re moving from Michigan to another state

If you’re leaving Michigan with a vehicle, you don’t need to surrender your license plates. Your Michigan license will be canceled when another license is issued in a new state.

Where are you moving to?

FAQ

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

Yes, there’s no grace period for having an out-of-state license as a new resident in Michigan.

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

Whether you’re a new or current resident, you can update your address in Michigan in person, by mail or online.

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

To update your address on your current ID in Michigan, you’ll need the following:

  • Michigan license or ID number
  • Last four digits of Social Security number

If you’re a current Michigan resident and need to update the address on your vehicle registration, you need:

  • Michigan license or ID number
  • Last four digits of Social Security number
  • License plate number

If you’re a new resident and need a Michigan ID, gather the following:

  • One proof of Social Security number
  • One proof of legal presence
  • One proof of identity
  • Two proofs of Michigan residency

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

Is there a fee to change my address in Michigan?

There’s no fee to update your address, but there are registration fees if you have a vehicle.

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

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 Michigan?

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

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

Before getting started, verify Michigan’s 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. Michigan Department of State, “Address change.” Accessed May 1, 2024.
Did you find this article helpful? |
Share this article