How to do a South Carolina 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 South Carolina.


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Plan to file a change of address within 10 days of your move to South Carolina.

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If you’re new to South Carolina, you’ll have to update your address within 45 days of your relocation.

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New and current South Carolina residents can update their address online, in person or by mail.

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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 South Carolina, you don’t need any particular documents, but you do need the following information:

  • Date of birth
  • Social Security number
  • Driver’s license number

You’ll need to get a new ID within 45 days, for which you’ll need the following:

  • Proof of identity, U.S. citizenship and date of birth
  • Proof of current physical South Carolina address
  • Proof of legal name change (if applicable)

If you’re moving to South Carolina from another state

New South Carolina residents can change their address online, in person at any DMV branch or by mailing SCDMV Form 4057 within 10 days of the move. You'll have to take a vision test to update your license. If your out-of-state license is expired nine months or more, knowledge and road test are also required.

You'll need to register your vehicle with the DMV within 45 days of your move.

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If you’re moving within South Carolina

If you’re a current South Carolina resident, you can file a change of address online, in person or by filling out and mailing SCDMV Form 4057 to update your address. Just make sure to file within 10 days of your move.

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If you’re moving from South Carolina to another state

If you’re leaving South Carolina with a vehicle, you'll need to mail in or return your license plates in person. Your new state will notify the South Carolina DMV, and South Carolina will cancel your old driver’s license.

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FAQ

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

Yes, you must update your driver’s license within 45 days of your relocation.

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

Both current and new South Carolina residents can change their address online, in person or by mail.

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

To update your address in South Carolina, you’ll just need the following information (no particular documents):

  • Date of birth
  • Social Security number
  • Driver’s license number

Documents needed for a new ID:

  • Proof of identity, U.S. citizenship and date of birth
  • Proof of current physical South Carolina address
  • Proof of legal name change (if applicable)

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 South Carolina?

There’s no fee for updating your address, but there is a $10 fee for replacing your license, plus registration fees.

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

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 South Carolina?

Yes, you need to update your insurance when you move to South Carolina. 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 South Carolina?

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

Before getting started, consult the South Carolina 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. South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles, “Change My Address or Name.” Accessed May 3, 2024.
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