What is the penalty for not updating a driver's license after moving to a new state?

What is the penalty for driving in a new state without updating your license? I am moving from a northeast state to the south soon and I want to know what will happen if I didn’t update my license.

Answer
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 notify your new state of your address change, you risk having your license suspended. The same can happen if you fail to notify your previous state.
Depending on your state’s laws, not changing your license to your new state may have severe penalties. Most states can:
  • consider it a misdemeanor crime
  • put you in jail for up to a year
  • charge you fees
  • suspend your license
Your insurer will 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. If you are not insured, you risk paying for costly car accident damages and fines out of pocket.
Long story short, change your license on time and avoid a costly headache.
Once you update your license, don’t forget to update your insurance to meet the state’s minimum insurance requirements.
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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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