How to do a Washington, D.C., change of address

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Moving to a new home comes with a long to-do list, and one crucial task is notifying the relevant authorities and service providers about your change of address. This includes contacting the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to ensure you continue receiving essential documents and services at your new location without interruption.

The process of updating your residential address typically involves changing the information on your driver's license and vehicle registration, but the specific requirements can vary. To help make this process smoother, we've outlined the steps for completing a change of address in Washington, D.C.


Key insights

Plan to change your address within 60 days of your move to Washington, D.C.

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

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Washington, D.C., charges $47 for a new ID and vehicle registration (as of publishing).

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Preparing for your change of address

Before starting the process of changing your address, it's important to gather all the necessary documents to avoid any delays or complications. Make sure you have your old and new addresses on hand, and plan to file your change of address within 60 days of your move date.

You’ll also have to update your ID. You’ll need:

  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of Social Security number
  • Two proofs of residency

If you’re moving to Washington, D.C.

If you’re new to Washington, D.C., you can file your address change online, by mailing a change of address form and two proofs of ID to the DMV or by visiting in person within 60 days of your move.

You'll also be required to take a vision test to update your driver's license (written and driving test required if current license has expired over 90 days). If you own a vehicle, you'll need to register it with the DMV within 60 days of moving to Washington, D.C.

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If you’re moving within Washington, D.C.

If you’re changing your address as a current Washington, D.C., resident, you can file online, by mail or in person. Just be sure to file the change within 60 days of your move date.

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If you’re moving from Washington, D.C.

If you're leaving Washington, D.C., you'll need to cancel or transfer your vehicle registration for any registered vehicles.

Follow the new state's procedures, and notify the Washington, D.C., DMV online, by mail or in person at the DC Department of Public Works Fort Totten Transfer Station. You may be eligible for a refund for any unused portion of your registration.

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FAQ

Do I need to update my driver’s license address if I’m moving within Washington, D.C.?

Yes, you're required to update your driver's license after moving to Washington, D.C.

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

Current and new Washington, D.C., 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 Washington, D.C.?

To update your address in Washington, D.C., you don’t need any particular documents. To update your license, you'll need:

  • Proof of identity
  • 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 Washington, D.C., DMV?

There’s no specified fee for a change of address, but there is a $47 fee for ID and vehicle registration in Washington, D.C., as of publishing.

Do I need to update my voter registration when I move to Washington, D.C.?

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

Do I need to update my insurance policies when I move to Washington, D.C.?

Yes, you need to update your insurance when you move to or within Washington, D.C. This way, you’ll get continuous coverage that suits your needs and location.

Where else do I need to change my address in Washington, D.C.?

You’ll need to change your address with the Postal Service in Washington, D.C., even if your move is temporary. Don’t forget to also update your address with any relevant subscription services and financial institutions.

Bottom line

After moving to a new home, one of your top priorities should be officially updating your address with the necessary agencies. Doing so keeps you compliant with applicable Washington, D.C., laws and avoids disruptions to important services and document deliveries.

The DMV plays a key role — you'll need to change the address on file for your driver's license and any registered vehicles. Check the DMV website or contact the DMV directly to confirm what documentation is required and their procedures. Taking these steps prevents regulatory issues or delays from impacting your updated credentials.


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. DC DMV, “Change of Address.” Accessed April 30, 2024.
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