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


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To change your address in Tennessee, you’ll need two proofs of residency.

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Update your address by mail, online or in person within 10 days of your move.

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You’ll have to register your vehicle in Tennessee within 30 days of your relocation.

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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 Tennessee, you'll need proof of Tennessee residency, including two documents from List A or one document from List A and one document from List B:

List A

  • Utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Rental/mortgage contract
  • Employer verification
  • Paycheck/pay stub
  • Auto, life or health insurance policy
  • Driver’s license
  • Tennessee motor vehicle registration
  • Tennessee voter registration
  • W-2
  • Receipt for personal property
  • Photo student ID

List B

  • Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN)
  • I-94
  • Employment authorization card
  • I-551

If you’re moving to Tennessee from another state

If you’re a new Tennessee resident, you can file your change of address online using the e-Services portal.

You can also use a self-service kiosk at a Tennessee Drivers Services Center.

You can also update your address by mail if you provide the following information: 

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Driver’s license number
  • Social Security number
  • Address that appears on your current driver’s license
  • New address
  • County of your new address

Provide this information within 10 days of your move. You'll be required to take a vision test to update your driver’s license. You’ll have to take a written and a road skills test if your out-of-state license has been expired more than six months.

If you own a vehicle, you'll also need to register it with a local county clerk within 30 days of your move. Bring your current out-of-state registration and the name and address of the company where car payments are being sent (if applicable).

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If you’re moving within Tennessee

Current Tennessee residents can also change their address online, in person or by mail. You’ll need to file within 10 days of your relocation.

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If you’re moving from Tennessee to another state

If you're relocating from Tennessee and have a vehicle, you'll need to cancel or transfer your registration according to the procedures in Tennessee. Notify Tennessee of your registration change by filling out a cancellation form to cancel your license plates.

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FAQ

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

Yes, you're required to update your driver's license within 10 days of moving to a new residence in Tennessee.

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

Current and new Tennessee residents can update their address online, by mail or in person.

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

To update your address in Tennessee, you’ll need your new and old address and proof of Tennessee residency.

You’ll need two documents from List A or one document from List A and one document from List B:

List A

  • Utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Rental/mortgage contract
  • Employer verification
  • Paycheck/pay stub
  • Auto, life or health insurance policy
  • Driver’s license
  • Tennessee motor vehicle registration
  • Tennessee voter registration
  • W-2
  • Receipt for personal property
  • Photo student ID

List B

  • Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN)
  • I-94
  • Employment authorization card
  • I-551
Is there a fee to change my address at the Tennessee DMV?

There’s no fee for updating an address, but a new ID is $28. You will also have to pay for updated vehicle registration.

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

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

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

Yes, you need to update your insurance when you move to Tennessee. 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 Tennessee, 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 Tennessee 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. Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, “Address Change.” Accessed April 29, 2024.
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