How to do a New Jersey 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 New Jersey.


Key insights

Plan to update your address within one week of your move.

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You can update your address in New Jersey online or in person.

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Register your vehicle in New Jersey within 60 days of moving to the state.

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There’s an $11 fee for an in-person address change.

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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 information 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 one week of your move date.

To complete a change-of-address form in New Jersey online, you'll need the following information:

  • Driver’s license number
  • Social Security number
  • Valid email

The following information is required for in-person changes:

If you’re moving to New Jersey from another state

New New Jersey residents must file a change of address online or in person within one week of their move. You'll also be required to take a vision test to update your driver's license. If you own a vehicle, you'll need to register it with the Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) within 60 days of moving to New Jersey.

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If you’re moving within New Jersey

If you’re a current New Jersey resident, you can change your address online or in person. Just be sure to file the change within one week of your move date.

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If you’re moving from New Jersey to another state

If you're leaving New Jersey for another state, you'll need to follow the new state's procedures and return your New Jersey license plates in person or by mail.

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FAQ

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

Yes, you're required to update your driver's license within 60 days of moving to New Jersey.

Can I change my address with the New Jersey MVC online, or do I need to visit an MVC office in person?

Current and new New Jersey residents can update their address online or in person at an MVC location.

What documents do I need to bring to the New Jersey MVC for a change of address?

To update your address in New Jersey online, you’ll need:

  • Driver’s license number
  • Social Security number
  • Valid email

To update your address in person, bring the following:

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 New Jersey MVC?

There’s an $11 fee for an in-person address change and a $5 fee for updated registration documents.

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

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

Do I need to update my insurance policies when I move to New Jersey?

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

Where else do I need to change my address in New Jersey?

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

The MVC plays a key role — you'll need to change the address on file for your driver's license and any registered vehicles. Check New Jersey's MVC website or contact the MVC directly to confirm what documentation is required and their procedures. Taking these steps prevents regulatory issues or delays from impacting your updated credentials.


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. New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, “Address Change.” Accessed May 2, 2024.
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