How to do a Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island to ensure you continue receiving important documents and services at your new location.


Key insights

When you move to Rhode Island, you need to update your address within 10 days and update your ID within 30 days.

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New and current residents can file a change of address online or by mail.

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There’s no fee to change your address, but you will have to pay $27.50 for a new ID.

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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 documents to avoid any delays or complications. Have your old and new addresses ready, and plan to file the change within 10 days of your move.

To complete a change-of-address form in Rhode Island, you'll need your current driver’s license.

You’re required to update your ID within 30 days of the move. Documents needed for a new ID:

  • One proof of identity
  • One proof of Social Security number
  • Two proofs of residency

If you’re moving to Rhode Island from another state

If you’re a new Rhode Island resident, you must first complete a license/ID/permit application. You can then change your address online or by mailing a change-of-address form to:

Division of Motor Vehicles
Attn: Address Change
600 New London Ave.
Cranston, RI 02920

Make sure to complete this within 10 days of your move.

If your current license has been expired over five years, you’ll have to take a written and road test upon your move to Rhode Island.

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 Rhode Island

Current Rhode Island residents also need to file a change of address within 10 days of their relocation. You can do this online or by mail.

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If you’re moving from Rhode Island to another state

If you're relocating from Rhode Island and have a vehicle, you'll need to cancel or transfer your registration according to the procedures in Rhode Island. Notify Rhode Island by canceling your registration online, at the DMV or by mail. You’ll also be asked to destroy your license plates.

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FAQ

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

Yes, you're required to update your driver's license within 30 days of moving to a new residence in Rhode Island.

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

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

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

To update your address in Rhode Island, you’ll need your new and old addresses and your current driver’s license.

To get a Rhode Island ID you’ll need:

  • One proof of identity
  • One proof of Social Security number
  • Two proofs of residency

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 Rhode Island DMV?

There’s no fee for updating an address, but the Rhode Island DMV charges $27.50 to update an ID. You will also have to pay for vehicle registration.

Do I need to update my voter registration when I move to Rhode Island?

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

Do I need to update my insurance policies when I move to Rhode Island?

Yes, you need to update your insurance when you move to Rhode Island. 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 Rhode Island, 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 Rhode Island 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.


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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. State of Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles, “Name & Address Change.” Accessed April 29, 2024.
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