If I move to another state temporarily, do I need to register my car and get a new license in the new state?

If I move to another state temporarily, do I have to register my car and get a new license? I’m moving to a new state for 2 years, but I’m coming back to my home state after that.

Answer
“It sounds like you have a lot of work ahead of you for the next couple of years! In short, it depends on where you move and why.
If you’re moving for college or higher education, you normally don’t have to change your license and registration as long as you’re enrolled in your school. A lot of college students keep their permanent address as their family’s address and insurance companies have policies to accommodate this situation.
On the other hand, if you’re moving to work in another state and are establishing a residency there, you are legally obligated to change your license and registration. That means if you don’t have a permanent address elsewhere and your new address will be your permanent address for the next two years, you need to update your records.
Check with your new state’s DMV before moving for more specific information. You’ll likely have to update your:
  • Driver’s license
  • Vehicle registration
  • Car insurance
Each state has their own minimum insurance requirements, so you will need to shop around for a policy that meets these new limits. If you want help finding the right coverage at the best price, try using the Jerry app. Jerry compares rates from the top 50 providers and delivers the best deals to your phone in minutes for free.”
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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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