How to do an Ohio 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 includes the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) to ensure 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 Ohio.


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File a change of address within 10 days of your move.

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If you’re new to Ohio, you’ll need to take a vision test to update your driver’s license and register your vehicle within 30 days of your move.

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Both new and current Ohio residents can file their change of address online or by mail.

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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 10 days of your move date.

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

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Driver’s license
  • County of residency
  • Last four digits of Social Security number
  • New address

If you’re moving to Ohio from another state

If you're relocating to Ohio from a different state, you can file a change of address online or by mailing a change of address form within 10 days of your move to:

Ohio Department of Public Safety
Deputy Registrar Services
P.O. Box 16520
Columbus, OH 43216-6520

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 BMV within 30 days of moving to Ohio.

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If you’re moving within Ohio

If you’re a current Ohio resident, you can change your address online or by mailing a filled-out change of address form. Just be sure to file the change within 10 days of your move date.

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If you’re moving from Ohio to another state

If you're leaving Ohio for another state, you'll need to cancel or transfer your vehicle registration for any registered vehicles. Follow the new state's procedures and cancel your Ohio registration online.

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FAQ

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

Yes, you're required to update your driver's license within 30 days after moving to Ohio.

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

Current and new Ohio residents can update their address online or by mail.

What documents do I need for a change of address in Ohio?

To update your address in Ohio, you’ll need the following information (no particular documents required):

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Driver’s license
  • County of residency
  • Last four digits of Social Security number
  • New address

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 Ohio BMV?

There’s no fee to change your address. There is a $24.50 fee for a four-year license and a $48 fee for an eight-year license. You will also have to pay for new vehicle registration.

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

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

Do I need to update my insurance policies when I move to Ohio?

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

Where else do I need to change my address in Ohio?

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

The BMV plays a key role — you'll need to change the address on file for your driver's license and any registered vehicles. Check Ohio's BMV website or contact the BMV 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. Ohio Laws & Administrative Rules, “Written notice of orders.” Accessed May 7, 2024.
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