How to do a New York 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, including the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). 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 New York.


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Plan to update your address within 10 days of your move.

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

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There’s no fee to update your address in New York, but there is a $14 fee for a New York 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, and plan to file your change of address within 10 days of your move.

To complete a change-of-address form in New York, you'll need to set up a MyDMV account, for which you’ll need the following information:

  • Driver’s license number
  • Date of birth
  • Social Security number
  • ZIP code on file
  • New address

Also plan to get a New York ID within 30 days if you’re new to the state. Documents needed for a new ID:

  • Proof of ID
  • Proof of residency
  • Proof of lawful status
  • Proof of date of birth
  • Proof of Social Security number

If you’re moving to New York from another state

New residents can change their address in New York:

An address change must be filed within 10 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 DMV within 30 days of your move.

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If you’re moving within New York

If you’re already a New York resident, you can change your address online, by calling 518-486-9786 or by mailing an address change form. Just make sure to file within 10 days of your move.

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If you’re moving from New York to another state

If you’re leaving New York with a vehicle, you'll need to return your New York license plates by mail or in person. You may also be eligible for a refund on any remaining registration. There is a $1 fee to process any plates you surrender.

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FAQ

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

No, you’re not required to get a new ID if you’re a New Yorker moving within New York. You can just write your new address on the back of your ID.

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

New and current New York residents can update their address online, but you can also make the change in person, by phone or by mail.

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

To update your address in New York, you don’t need any particular documents. You will have to provide the following information to set up a MyDMV account:

  • Driver’s license number
  • Date of birth
  • Social Security number
  • ZIP code on file
  • New address

If you’re a new resident and need a new ID, you’ll need:

  • Proof of ID
  • Proof of residency
  • Proof of lawful status
  • Proof of date of birth
  • 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 DMV in New York?

There’s no fee for updating your address, but there is a $14 fee for a new ID, plus registration fees.

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

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 New York?

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

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

Before getting started, consult the New York DMV'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. New York State, “Update My Address.” Accessed May 2, 2024.
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