How to do a North Carolina change of address

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When you're moving to a new home, one crucial task is notifying various entities about your change of address. This includes relevant government agencies in your state.

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 North Carolina to ensure you continue receiving important documents and services at your new location.


Key insights

You’re required to update your address in North Carolina within 60 days of your move.

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Make sure your vehicle is registered in North Carolina within 30 days of your move.

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New residents have to file in person so they can receive their new ID.

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Current residents can file online or in person.

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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 information to avoid any delays or complications. Have your old and new addresses ready, and plan to file the change within 60 days of your move.

You’ll also need to update your ID within 60 days. Documents needed for a new ID:

  • Out-of-state license or document showing full name and date of birth
  • One proof of Social Security number
  • One proof of residency
  • Printed document proving liability insurance (for driver’s license)
  • For individuals not born in the U.S., one document with full name proving legal status

If you’re moving to North Carolina from another state

When moving to North Carolina from a different state, the process is a bit more involved. If you’re a new North Carolina resident, you must go in person to receive a North Carolina driver's license within 60 days of your move. You'll be required to take a written and a road test (waived if out-of-state license is still valid).

If you own a vehicle, you'll also need to register it within 30 days of your move.

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If you’re moving within North Carolina

Current North Carolina residents can file a change of address online or in person at a self-service kiosk.

You’ll need to file within 60 days of your relocation.

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If you’re moving from North Carolina to another state

If you're relocating from North Carolina and have a vehicle, you'll need to cancel or transfer your registration according to the procedures in North Carolina. You’re required to cancel your liability insurance from North Carolina-licensed providers and show proof of registration from your new state within 30 days of cancellation.

Submit a copy of your out-of-state registration card to the North Carolina DMV. You must also return your valid North Carolina license plate or submit an affidavit indicating plate has been lost, stolen or destroyed.

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FAQ

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

Yes, you're required to update your driver's license within 60 days of moving to a new residence in North Carolina.

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

Current North Carolina residents can update their address online or in person. If you’re a new North Carolina resident, you’ll have to go in person so you can get a new ID.

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

To update your address in North Carolina, you’ll need your new and old address.

For a new ID, you’ll need:

  • Out-of-state license or document showing full name and date of birth
  • One proof of Social Security number
  • One proof of residency
  • Printed document proving liability insurance (for driver’s license)
  • For individuals not born in the U.S., one document with full name proving legal status

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 North Carolina DMV?

There’s a $3 fee per online transaction with the North Carolina DMV. There’s a $4.95 fee per kiosk transaction, plus a 2.35% credit/debit card fee. You will also have to pay for a new license and vehicle registration.

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

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

Do I need to update my insurance policies when I move to North Carolina?

Yes, you need to update your insurance when you move to North Carolina. 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 in North Carolina, 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 North Carolina to update the address on your driver's license and vehicle registrations. 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. North Carolina Department of Transportation, “myNCDMV.” Accessed April 29, 2024.
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