How to do a Wisconsin 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 the Division 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 from state to state. To help make this process smoother, we've outlined the steps for completing a change of address in Wisconsin.


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Update your address within 10 days of your move to Wisconsin.

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New and current Wisconsin residents can file their change of address online, by mail or over the phone.

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There’s no fee to change your address, but you’ll have to pay $34 for a new ID.

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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 information 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 10 days of your move date.

To complete a change-of-address form in Wisconsin, you'll need the following information:

  • Driver’s license number
  • Last four digits of your Social Security number
  • Date of birth

You also need to update your ID within 60 days. Documents needed for an ID include:

  • Wisconsin driver's license application
  • Proof of lawful status
  • Proof of name and date of birth
  • Proof of identity
  • Two proofs of residency

If you’re moving to Wisconsin from another state

New Wisconsin residents can file a change of address online, by phone at 608-264-7447 or by mailing an address change form within 10 days of their move to:

Division of Motor Vehicles
Wisconsin Department of Transportation
P.O. Box 7983
Madison, WI 53707-7983

You'll also be required to take a vision test to update your driver's license. Written and driving tests are required if you haven’t held your license for more than eight years.

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If you’re moving within Wisconsin

If you’re a current Wisconsin resident, you can change your address online, by phone at 608-264-7447 or by filling out an address change form and mailing it to the DMV. Just be sure to file the change within 10 days of your move date.

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If you’re moving from Wisconsin to another state

If you're leaving Wisconsin for another state, you'll need to follow the new state's procedures for vehicle registration. Wisconsin offers no refunds for any remaining registration period following your move date.

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FAQ

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

Yes, you're required to update your driver's license within 60 days of moving to Wisconsin.

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

Current and new Wisconsin residents can update their address online, by phone or by mail.

What documents do I need for a change of address in Wisconsin?

To update your address in Wisconsin, you’ll need your new and old address and the following:

  • Driver’s license number
  • Last four digits of your Social Security number
  • Date of birth

For a Wisconsin ID, you’ll need:

  • Wisconsin driver's license application
  • Proof of lawful status
  • Proof of name and date of birth
  • Proof of identity
  • 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 with the Wisconsin DMV?

There’s no fee to change your Wisconsin address, but there is a $34 fee for a replacement ID, plus vehicle registration fees.

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

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

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

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

Where else do I need to change my address in Wisconsin?

You’ll need to change your address with the Postal Service in Wisconsin, 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 state agencies. Doing so keeps you compliant with applicable Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin's 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. Wisconsin Department of Transportation, “Change of address.” Accessed May 7, 2024.
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