How to do a Texas change of address

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Whenever you move, it's essential to update your address with the relevant government agencies and service providers, including the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). This ensures you continue receiving important documents and services at your new location.

The process of changing your address typically involves updating your driver's license and vehicle registration information, but specifics can vary significantly by state. To help out, we’ve gathered some details for the change-of-address process in Texas.


Key insights

File your change of address within 30 days of your move to Texas.

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You need to get a new driver’s license within 90 days of your move.

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You can file online, in person or by mail.

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Preparing for your change of address

Before beginning the process of changing your address, it's important to gather all the necessary documents to avoid any delays or complications. Make sure you know both your old and new addresses, and plan to file your change of address within 30 days of your move.

No physical documents are required to change your address in Texas. The mail-in form requires the following info:

  • Driver’s license or ID number
  • Date of birth
  • Phone number
  • Name
  • Address

If you’re moving to Texas from another state

New Texas residents can file online, by mail (fill out the “Change of Address” form) or in person after filling out a form within 30 days of their move.

You’ll need to update your driver’s license within 90 days. You won’t have to take any driving tests to update your license as long as you have a valid out-of-state ID that’s not been expired for over two years. If you own a vehicle, you’ll also have to register it with the DMV within 30 days of your move.

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If you’re moving within Texas

Current Texas residents can file online. You can also fill out a “Change of Address” form and mail it or file in person. Just make sure to file within 30 days of your move.

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If you’re moving from Texas to another state

If you’re moving away from Texas and have a vehicle, you'll need to cancel or transfer your vehicle registration to your new state of residence and follow its specific procedures. You can keep your Texas license plates or recycle them.

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FAQ

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

Yes, you must update your driver’s license within 90 days of your move.

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

You can file your Texas change of address online, or you can mail in a form or apply in person.

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

To update your address in Texas, you’ll need your new and old address and a bit of information (no physical documents required): 

  • Driver’s license or ID number
  • Date of birth
  • Phone number
  • Name
  • Address

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?

There’s no fee to change your address, but there is a $10 fee for a replacement driver's license. You will also have to pay for vehicle registration.

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

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 Texas?

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

Make sure to change your address with the USPS, even if your move is temporary. Also take the time to update your address with any subscription services and financial institutions.

Bottom line

Updating your address when you move ensures you remain compliant with state laws and continue receiving essential services and documents.

Be sure to check the specific requirements and procedures for changing the address on your driver's license and vehicle registration by visiting Texas’s DMV website or visiting in person. This will help you navigate the process smoothly and avoid any potential delays 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. State of Texas, “Texas by Texas.” Accessed April 24, 2024.
  2. Texas Department of Public Safety, “Application for Change of Address or Replacement on valid Texas Driver License (DL), Commercial Driver License (CDL) & Identification Card (ID).” Accessed April 24, 2024.
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