How do I change my car insurance address when moving states?

I'm moving across the country to California in about a week, and I know I need to change my car insurance address. But I have so much to do, and it's all so overwhelming! How do I get started on changing my car insurance address when I'm moving to a new state?

Answer
That is a lot on your plate! To change your car insurance address, it’s a good idea to start off by contacting your insurance carrier to confirm that they offer coverage in California and notify them about the out-of-state move.
Most states offer 30 to 90 day grace periods between moving and updating your information, but you’ll have to check with the California DMV to see exactly how much time you have. During this period, you will need to:
  • Purchase a new insurance policy if you need one. During this process, you should be able to change your address, or input a new one. Tools like Jerry make this easy—we’ll get you free quotes from multiple providers, so all you have to do is pick the one that works best for you.
  • Register your vehicle in California. In order to do this, you’ll likely need:
  • Your license
  • Proof of insurance
  • Vehicle title
  • Any DMV-approved documents that confirm your identity and residency in the state
  • Apply for a new license. You’ll likely have to pay an application fee and fill out a form.
And that’s it! Once you’ve done all of this, you’ll be a fully registered driver in your state. Safe travels, and good luck with the move!
Ben Guess
Answered on Nov 01, 2021
Ben has a BA in Journalism + Design from The New School, as well as three years’ experience in content writing and data journalism. They are deeply interested in how the car industry intersects with issues of inequity in the world, as well as in making auto insurance more accessible through writing. When they’re away from the keyboard, they enjoy baking, embroidering, and playing Dungeons and Dragons with friends. They are based in Boston, Massachusetts.
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