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


Key insights

You’ll need two forms of proof of residency in Virginia to change your address through the Virginia DMV.

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New and existing Virginia residents can update their address online, in person, by phone or by mail.

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Remember to update your address within 30 days and ID within 60 days.

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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 30 days of your move.

To complete a change-of-address form in Virginia, you'll need two proofs of Virginia residency, including any of the following:

  • Deed, mortgage, mortgage statement or residential rent/lease agreement
  • U.S. Postal Service change of address confirmation form or postmarked U.S. mail with forwarding address label
  • Virginia voter registration card
  • Canceled check not more than two months old displaying name and address
  • Copy of school records/transcript/report card
  • Virginia Department of Education Certificate of Enrollment form
  • Utility bill (not more than two months old)

If you’re moving to Virginia from another state

If you’re a new Virginia resident, you can file your change of address online, call the DMV at (804) 497-7100, make an appointment in person, or mail a completed address change request form to:

Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles
P.O. Box 27412
Richmond, VA 23269

Update your address within 30 days of your move. You'll be required to take a vision test to update your driver’s license.

If you own a vehicle, you'll also need to register it within 30 days of your move. You’ll need to update your ID within 60 days.

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If you’re moving within Virginia

As with new residents, current Virginia residents can request a change of address online, in person, over the phone or by mailing in a form.

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If you’re moving from Virginia to another state

If you're relocating from Virginia and have a vehicle, you'll need to cancel or transfer your registration according to the procedures in Virginia. Cancel your Virginia insurance only after moving. You can surrender your license plates to the DMV online or by mail once the vehicle is registered in your new state.

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FAQ

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

Yes, you're required to update your driver's license within 60 days of moving to a new residence in Virginia.

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

You can update your address online, in person, by phone or by mail.

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

To update your address in Virginia, you’ll need your new and old address and two proofs of Virginia residency, which may include the following:

  • Deed, mortgage, mortgage statement or residential rent/lease agreement
  • U.S. Postal Service change of address confirmation form or postmarked U.S. mail with forwarding address label
  • Virginia voter registration card
  • Canceled check not more than two months old displaying name and address
  • Copy of school records/transcript/report card
  • Virginia Department of Education Certificate of Enrollment form
  • Utility bill (not more than two months old)

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 Virginia DMV?

It’s unclear if there’s a fee for an address change, but a new REAL ID is $10. You’ll also have to pay for vehicle registration.

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

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

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

Yes, you need to update your insurance when you move to Virginia. 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 Virginia, 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 Virginia 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. Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, “Transaction: Change Address.” Accessed April 29, 2024.
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