If you have recently moved into a new residence, you have a full schedule. First, you have to make sure that you have electricity, water, and internet. Next, you must finish unpacking all of your boxes and putting everything in its new place. At the same time, though, you must update a multitude of legal documents so that the government knows where you live.
Any resident of Virginia who has recently had a change of address must notify the state of his or her new address within 30 days. If you’re a licensed driver in the state, the following instructions will guide you through what you need to do so that your drivers license reflects your accurate address.
While you are required to update the Department of Motor Vehicles any time you ever change your address, you are not required to obtain a new license with your correct address appearing on it. However, if you would like a new license that accurately reflects your actual address, you do have the option of seeking a replacement license.
In order to update the DMV of the change to your address, you can either fill out the required documentation online, by phone, by mail, or in person. If you choose to complete the process online, you can do so at the website of the Virginia DMV. Once you have reached the website, you will need to enter your name, your social security number, and your date of birth. You will be prompted to enter your new address. Once this is done, that is all you are required to do. However, if you would like a new drivers license with your new address appearing on it, you can check the appropriate box on the website and proceed to pay the $20 fee for a replacement license. For this payment, you can use a credit card or a debit card. Your replacement license will be mailed to you.
If you choose to use the phone to complete the process of updating the DMV of your new address, you can call (804)497-7100. After you call, you will be prompted to enter your social security number and drivers license number. Again, if you choose to receive a new license with your updated address appearing on it, you can pay the $20 fee through the phone system. As with the online system, the phone system will allow you to use a credit card or a debit card. Your replacement license will be mailed to you.
If you choose to use mail to complete the process of updating the DMV of your new address, you will need to print out Form ISD01 from the website of the Virginia DMV. This form will have a place for you to enter your new address so that the DMV is notified of your address change. Once you have completed every section of the form, you can mail it to:
Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles
P.O. Box 27412
Richmond, VA 23269
If you are also requesting a replacement license, mark the appropriate box on the form and include a $20 check made payable to the “Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.”
If you choose to go in person to your local DMV office to complete the process of updating the DMV of your new address, make sure to bring with you your current license and proof of your residency at your new address. This proof could be a utility bill or a signed lease. If you choose to obtain a new license, you can pay the $20 fee in person while you’re there.