Whenever you relocate within the United States, it is necessary and important to update the registration and licence plates for any vehicles you own, including motorcycles. As soon as you’ve paid off your car, you’ll want to update your vehicle’s registration information to reflect your current address. When you update your registration in some states, the address on your car title is automatically updated as well. If your state does not allow this, you can still easily change the address on your vehicle’s registration. Even though there is no fee to change your address if you are moving within the same state, you will be required to pay the regular vehicle registration fees if you are moving to a different state.
Method 1 In State
If you’re relocating to a new address within the same state and you own your vehicle outright, this is the method to use. It is possible that the finance company will update your car title when you update your address with them if you have financed your vehicle and are still making payments on it.
1. Consult the website of your state’s department of motor vehicles for more information (DMV). For those who are moving within the same state, each state has a slightly different process for changing your mailing address. Typically, you must first notify the DMV of your new address, which then updates your driver’s licence information. While updating your licence, some states automatically update the address on your registration and title when you update the address on your registration.
Generally, most states require you to update your vehicle registration to reflect your new address as soon as possible after you relocate. For example, in New York, you have 10 days after a move to update your registration and title information with the state.
Depending on the state, titling may be handled in a separate location from the DMV. In any case, the DMV’s website will still provide instructions on where to go and what to do in order to have your title updated with the new residence address.
2. If it is possible in your state, you should change your address online. Check the website of your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles for online options. You may be able to change your address on your title and registration online if you’ve relocated within the same state, rather than having to fill out a paper form or visit an office in person.
Because of the ease with which you can update your registration information online, the DMV may also update the address on your title without your intervention. The website will inform you if there is anything else you need to do in order to change the address listed on your title.
3. Fill out a form to request a change of address. Provide information about yourself and any other owners of the vehicle, as well as your current and new addresses, if applicable. After that, you must provide information about the vehicle that corresponds to the information listed on the vehicle’s licence plate.
If you’re making any other changes to your account than your address, you may need to complete a different form. For example, you may not be able to change the vehicle’s record owner using the same form that you would use to change the address.
4. Submit your form to the Department of Motor Vehicles. So long as you aren’t changing your address online, you should visit a local office in person or mail the form to the address on the form. Whether you’re mailing or hand-delivering your form, make a copy for your records before mailing it.
To ensure that your address has been updated on your title, call or write to the office about a week after you’ve mailed the form.
If you need a duplicate of your title that includes your new address, you can get one from the same office. Don’t just scribble the new address on the back of your current title certificate. Occasionally, you may be required to pay a small fee for the copy, but this is usually no more than a few dollars.
Method 2 Out of State
Using this method, regardless of whether you own your car outright or are still making payments to a finance company, you can transport your vehicle to a new location in another state. When you register your out-of-state vehicle with the state, the state issues you a new title.
1. If you are still making payments on your car, you should contact the finance company. The finance company retains ownership of your vehicle as long as you are making payments on it. A copy of the title will be required for submission to the new state in order to obtain a title there, as well. Contact customer service to learn more about the procedure for changing the address listed on the title. It’s possible that you’ll be able to find this information on their website as well.
In most states, you simply provide the DMV with the name of the finance company, and they will request the title on your behalf so that they can issue a new one.
In some states, such as Connecticut, you must request that your title be transferred to your new state from the finance company.
2. To obtain a new driver’s licence, go to the DMV office closest to you. To find out what documents you’ll need to bring with you when you come in to apply for a new licence, visit the DMV’s website. In most cases, you’ll need to schedule an appointment. As long as you have a valid licence from another state, you will not be required to take any tests in order to obtain your new licence in that state.
If you are under the age of 21 or have not had your licence for a long period of time, you may be required to take a written test in order to obtain your licence. More information about this will be available on the DMV website.
3. Transferring your auto insurance to your new state is a simple process. After you have relocated, contact your car insurance company and inform them of your new address. They’ll provide you with a new auto insurance premium quote based on your new address and the minimum insurance requirements in your new state.
After you have transferred your insurance, you should print your insurance card. You’ll need it in order to register your vehicle.
4. Make sure you get any inspections or emissions tests that are required in your new state. Make contact with your local department of motor vehicles to learn about the tests and inspections that are required for a new driver’s licence. You can also find this information online, typically in the form of a list of testing locations that have been approved.
When your inspection or testing is completed, an officer will present you with a certificate indicating that you passed the examination or testing. This certificate should be kept safe because you will need it to register your vehicle and transfer the title to your new state.
5. Bring the necessary documentation to the DMV to prove ownership, residency, and identity. You must provide identification and proof of ownership of the vehicle when registering it for the first time with the state when attempting to register it for the first time. While the specific documents required vary from state to state, the following are typical documents you’ll need:
Title from your old state
Driver’s license from your new state
Utility bill, lease, mortgage statement, or other proof of residency
6. Complete the title and registration application at your local Department of Motor Vehicles. Fill out the registration form with your name and address, driver’s licence information, and information about the vehicle you want to register, among other things. To avoid any mistakes or delays in processing your application, make sure to print your information clearly and legibly.
Typically, you cannot register a car for the first time in a state through the internet. However, you may be able to obtain a copy of the registration application online, which you can then print and complete yourself.
7. Pay your registration fee to the clerk at the Department of Motor Vehicles. State registration fees, as well as fees charged by cities and counties within a single state, can be very different. If you are concerned about the cost, you should contact the DMV ahead of time to discuss your options. You can usually find this information on the internet as well. You will receive your registration and new state car title from the clerk once you have paid our fees.
In most cases, you’ll receive your registration right away. Your title certificate, on the other hand, will most likely be mailed to you.
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