How to Complete a DMV Change of Address in Delaware

Delaware residents can update their address at specific DMVs or by mail.
Written by Sophie Boka
Reviewed by Jessica Barrett
Wherever you’re moving from, if it’s to Delaware, you’re required to complete a DMV change of address.
We know. You’re in the middle of a move. The last thing you want to do is head to the DMV. But sometimes you’ve just got to do what you’ve got to do. And if you intend on driving in the state of Delaware, this is one of those moments. 
To take off some of the stress, we've created this guide to everything you’ll need to know and prepare to complete the process smoothly. Read on for the how-to.
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How to change your address on a Delaware driver’s license

All Delaware movers are required to update their address. But the process looks different for folks moving from within state versus out of state.

If you’re moving within Delaware

If you’re already a Delaware resident, congrats! The change of address process is not only easier for you, but it’s also free.
After you move, you’ll have 30 days to update your address with the
Delaware Department of Motor Vehicles
As for the process, you have two options:
  • Mail-in a copy of the update form: print, fill out, and mail
    your form
    to the DMV. You’ll receive new registration cards in the mail, although you will still need to stop by the DMV to get a new physical license. Mail your form to this address:
Division of Motor Vehicles, Driver License Section 
P.O. Box 698
Dover, Delaware 19903
  • Stop by your local DMV: if you want to save time, you can complete the entire process in one trip.
Congrats! You’ve completed the form. But you’re not done yet! Once the form is submitted, you have to pick up your new physical license in person. 

If you’re moving to Delaware from another state

Newcomers to Delaware have to deal with fees and a slightly more complicated process. Not to worry though, it’s all pretty manageable. 
You also have double the time of in-state movers to complete the process: 60 days.
Everything will need to be done in person at the DMV. You can’t go to just any DMV, however. You must choose between the
Greater Wilmington
Delaware City
, or
When you arrive, be prepared to turn in the following documents:
  • Out-of-state driver's license and/or ID card
  • Proof of legal presence, i.e. birth certificate or passport
  • Proof of social security number
  • Two proofs of Delaware residency
If you intend to change your name, you’ll also need to submit proof of legal name change.
Don’t forget those fees now. For a Class D driver's license, you’re going to be charged $40. Be ready to make the payment during your visit.

Other steps for a Delaware change of address

We covered how to update your driver’s license. But if you’re moving from out of state with a vehicle, you’re also required to work to update your title and registration.
First, the DMV requires your vehicle to be insured with at least the state minimum requirements. To prove you’ve got this, prepare the original copy of one of the following:
  • Valid insurance ID card (can be through the company’s app or a physical copy)
  • Valid insurance policy
  • Written binder on company letterhead from the insurance company or agent within 30 days of issuance
The consequences for being uninsured are steep: $1500 and/or 30 days in jail and a 6-month license suspension! Don’t risk it.
Second, you’ll have to get your vehicle inspected at a DMV inspection lane. If you want to get this done in one go, make sure you have the following:
  • The certificate of title or registration
  • All lights working, clean, and properly aimed
  • Functioning brakes
  • Undamaged window glass without tinting on windshield and front windows, unless you have a waiver for the tint
  • Clean and unbroken mirrors
  • Operating windshield wipers in good condition
  • Fit tires with a minimum tread depth of 2/32 inches
  • Working doorknobs
  • No safety hazards
  • An operating car horn
  • An effective muffler
  • No leaking gas
  • Functioning seatbelts
  • Bumper height above 22 inches
  • No air scoops more than 3 inches high
  • Proper exhaust emissions
If you don’t have the above in check, you’ll fail and will need to return with any issues addressed.
Third, it’s time to obtain your title and registration! You can do so at one of these offices:
Greater Wilmington
Delaware City
, or
To get your title and registration, show up with the following:
  • (If applicable in your former state) a certificate of license
  • (If you have a lien or encumbrance) a completed MV-35 form
  • A signed application for Certificate of Title (MV-212) and inspection report (MV-210) from the inspection
  • Proof of liability insurance
  • Vehicle document fee of 4.25% of the vehicle’s value (minimum $8) — you might be excepted from this if you have paid a similar value to another state. Ask your DMV if you think this might apply to you.
For most drivers, the title fee will cost you $35, and the registration fees will be $40 per year.

How to notify your insurance company of your Delaware change of address

Driving uninsured in Delaware can lead to some pretty scary consequences. Luckily, avoiding them is easy. You can change your address by making a quick call to your agent, going on your online account, or on the insurance company’s app.

Why notifying your insurance company of a change of address is so important

Not only will you avoid DMV consequences, but you may also avoid penalties from your insurance company.
Did you know your zip code helps to determine your insurance rate? Different zip codes have different amounts of risk: think congestion, crime, and weather patterns. If you don’t update your zip code, you could be committing fraud.
Also, states have different
minimum liability insurance requirements
. If you don’t meet those of your new state, you could be fined, or have your license or registration suspended
Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but make these mistakes, and you could also see your car, home, and renters insurance shoot up for years to come!
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How to find affordable car insurance in Delaware

Hope we didn’t spook you with those insurance penalties. The truth is, moving to a new zip code is also a great opportunity to ensure you’re getting the lowest rate on your
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No, you must complete your change of address in person. If you’re moving within state, you also have the option to complete it by mail.
Absolutely. When you move to Delaware, you must get a new license.
No, you must complete your change of address in person. If you’re moving within state, you also have the option to complete it by mail.
Absolutely. When you move to Delaware, you must get a new license.
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