How to do a Pennsylvania 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.

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 Pennsylvania.


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File a change of address within 15 days of your move to Pennsylvania.

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New Pennsylvania residents must take a vision test to update their license and update their vehicle registration within 20 days of moving.

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You can update your address online or by mail in Pennsylvania.

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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 15 days of your move date.

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

  • Driver’s license number
  • Last and first name
  • Date of birth
  • Vehicle registration (if applicable)
  • New address
  • Voter registration update

To get a new Pennsylvania ID, you’ll need:

  • Proof of identity and lawful status
  • Proof of Social Security number
  • Two proofs of residency
  • Proof of name change (if applicable)

If you’re moving to Pennsylvania from another state

If you're relocating to Pennsylvania from a different state, you can file a change of address online or by mailing a change of address form within 15 days of your move:

Bureau of Motor Vehicles
P.O. Box 68287
Harrisburg, PA 17106-8287

You'll also be required to fill out an application and take a vision test in person to update your driver's license. If you own a vehicle, you'll need to register it with the DMV within 20 days of moving to Pennsylvania.

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If you’re moving within Pennsylvania

If you’re a current Pennsylvania resident, changing your address within the state, you can change your address online or by filling out and mailing a change of address form. Just be sure to file the change within 15 days of your move date.

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If you’re moving from Pennsylvania to another state

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

Bureau of Motor Vehicles
Return Tag Unit
P.O. Box 68597
Harrisburg, PA 17106-8597

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FAQ

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

Yes, you're required to update your driver's license after moving to Pennsylvania. You’ll have to fill out a Pennsylvania driver’s license application in person if you’re new to the state.

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

You can update your Pennsylvania address online or by mail.

What documents do I need for a change of address?

To update your address in Pennsylvania, there are no specific documents required, but you need the following information:

  • Driver’s license number
  • Last and first name
  • Date of birth
  • Vehicle registration (if applicable)
  • New address
  • Voter registration update

For a new Pennsylvania ID, you’ll need:

  • Proof of identity and lawful status
  • Proof of Social Security number
  • Two proofs of residency
  • Proof of name change (if applicable)
Is there a fee to change my address at the Pennsylvania DMV?

There’s no fee for an address change, but there is a $45.50 fee for a four-year license, plus registration fees.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The DMV plays a key role — you'll need to change the address on file for your driver's license and any registered vehicles. Check Pennsylvania's DMV website or contact the DMV 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. PennDOT, “Change of Address.” Accessed May 7, 2024.
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