When you move but still live in the same state, do you have to change your address with the DMV?

Why do I have to change my address if I live in the same state? I live in Texas and moved to a new home about eight months ago. I never updated my address because it didn't seem important at the time. Last night, I was at a traffic stop and the officer said he would let me go with a warning but that I needed to change my license right away. Why does it matter that I haven't updated it?

“You are so lucky to have gotten just a written warning and not a ticket! Even though you are already a Texas resident, Texas requires you to update your address within 30 days of a move.
Updating your address with the DMV when you move is important because it helps the DMV send important paperwork (like future registration reminders) to the right address.
Failure to report a change of address in Texas can result in a $75 ticket. Fortunately, since no ticket was issued this time, the DMV has no idea when you moved, so you should be able to make this update without fear of penalty.
Changing your address in Texas is pretty simple. You can do it online, in person, or via mail. The fee is only $11, which is much cheaper than most other states!
Don’t forget to change the address on your insurance policy as well. Anytime there are life changes like moving, it’s a great idea to re-evaluate your auto policy and shop for cheaper insurance.
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Shannon Martin
Answered on Aug 25, 2021

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