How necessary is it to get a driver's license in your new state of residence?

Do I have to get a driver’s license in my new state? I’m moving soon and I don’t want to go through the hassle of changing my driver’s license.

Answer
“Unless you’re a student or in the military, you must get a new license within 30-60 days. The timeline can vary from state to state, so please check with your local DMV.
If you don’t change your license within the state’s timeline, you could risk:
  • License Suspension. If you don’t notify your new state of your address change, you risk getting your license suspended. The same can happen if you fail to notify your previous state.
  • Loss of Coverage. Your insurer may require that the correct address is on file with your state of license. If your license is suspended, your insurance may no longer cover you, resulting in a policy lapse.
Depending on your state’s laws, driving without insurance may have severe penalties. You also risk having to pay for costly, car accident damages and fines out of pocket.
Long story short, change your license on time and avoid a costly headache.
If you want help switching your insurance to your new state, let the free car insurance broker app, Jerry, help you find the best rates. Jerry compares rates from the top companies and delivers the best deals to your phone in minutes. They also help fill out the transfer paperwork, so you can focus on your new life.”
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Rachel Juillerat
Answered on Sep 10, 2021
Rachel Juillerat has her Master's in Publishing & Writing from Emerson College. You can view her work in the Independent, Cupid's Pulse, and the Penmen Review. She has worked in personal finance for five years before transitioning to insurance. She lives in Boston, where she spends her time exploring small New England towns, learning new skills, and napping through her cat's zoomies.
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