How to Complete a DMV Change of Address in Georgia

You can update your Georgia address online, with an app, or in person depending on where you're moving.
Written by Claire Beaney
Edited by Amy Bobinger
Whether you’re making your way from the city to the suburbs in the Peach State or heading there as a new resident, you can complete a
change of address at your local DMV office. For in-state movers, there’s a convenient option to update your address online.
  • Georgians can change their address online, through an app, or in person at the DMV. Online options are also available for people who move within the state.
  • If you're moving within Georgia, you'll need different documents depending on whether you have a Real-ID or not. You'll also need to update your car registration within 30 days.
  • New residents must complete the license transfer process at DDS within 30 days of moving. Also, it's important to let USPS and your car insurance company know your new address to avoid legal and coverage problems.

How to change your address on a Georgia driver’s license

Thanks to technology, endless wait times at the DMV are largely a thing of the past. If you’re moving within the state, you can conveniently update the address on your
Georgia driver’s license
through an app or online portal.

If you’re moving within Georgia 

Whether you're heading south from Atlanta to Columbus or heading toward the Spanish oaks in Savannah, updating your address can still be done pretty easily. Here are your options for address updates if you’re moving within the state:
Georgia residents with existing state IDs and/or licenses have 60 days to complete the address change process after establishing residency. 
To qualify for
online renewal
, or to use the
DDS 2 GO mobile app
, you’ll need to fall into these categories:
Updating your address online or via the app has its perks—you’ll get a $5 discount on license fees and fees are waived if the application is submitted within the term of your driver’s license. However,
commercial driver’s license
holders are not eligible for the online option.
If you’re planning to update your address in person at a DDS location, you’ll need to fill out a
form online
and head to the office with the following documents:
  • One document to prove residency if you’re a Real ID license or ID holder
  • Two documents to prove residency if you don’t have a Real ID license or ID
For a full list of approved documents, check out
this list
. Don’t forget to look your best, because you’ll also need to take a photo! Once all those steps are complete, you’ll receive your new license in the mail within two to three weeks.
Finally, you’ll need to change the address of your vehicle’s registration, which can be done online or in person at a
Georgia County Tag office
. In Georgia, the cost to register a new car is $20, and you’ll need to complete this within 30 days of moving.

If you’re moving to Georgia from another state

If you’re new to the land of the peaches, the address change process takes a little more legwork. You’ll have to go in person to a DDS Customer Service Center location and transfer your current driver’s license to a valid Georgia license within 30 days of your move.
If you have a valid out-of-state license or one that’s been expired for under two years, you’ll just have to turn in your current license and pass a vision exam.
With a valid license, you won’t need to take the written knowledge or road tests. However, if your license has been expired for more than two years, you’ll need to pass all three exams (vision, written, road) and provide a copy of your
driving record
All applicants need to come prepared with documentation to prove identity, residential address, and lawful presence in the US. Your Social Security number also needs to be presented when you fill out the online form. You can find a full list of accepted documents
Once you’ve rounded up your forms and your name is called at the desk, you’ll need to be prepared to verify your Social Security number, take a photo, and pay a $32 fee to obtain a Class A, B, C, E, F, M license or Georgia ID Card.
Before you’re ready to hit the roads as a bonafide Georgia driver, you’ll need to complete
vehicle registration
within 30 days of making Georgia your new home. In most cases, you need to head to a County Tag office in person with your valid Georgia driver’s license or ID card, a completed
MV-1 Title/Tag Application
, and proof of ownership of your vehicle.

Other steps for a Georgia change of address

Before you can make any headway with your Georgia address change, make sure you
register your new address
with the United States Post Office (USPS)! Not only is this a crucial step in getting your documents in a row, but it will also ensure you don’t miss any mail or packages at your new address.

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

To avoid a
lapse in coverage
, you’ll need to update your
car insurance
provider on your address change. Most major providers offer online services and/or profile updates via an app, but you can always call and speak directly to an agent to ensure you’re in the clear.

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

If you’re speeding back to your old house to grab that last bookshelf and get pulled over along the way, you could be hit with penalties if your insurance isn’t up to date with your new address. With
Georgia’s minimum insurance requirements
for its drivers, you might get ticketed, especially if your previous policy was held in another state. 
Insurance providers base their rates in part on your zip code, so a mismatched address can not only impact the amount you’re paying but can also appear as a
fraudulent claim
—leading to unnecessary legal issues.
Skip the potential for any of those headaches by getting your address updated with your insurance provider as soon as you’re settled into your new home!
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