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?
- Why it matters: Updating your address with the DMV allows the DMV to send important paperwork (like future registration reminders) to the right address.
- How to update: Contact the DMV online, in person, or via mail. The fee to change your address in Texas is only $11, which is much cheaper than most other states!
- Consequences if you don’t update: Failure to report a change of address in Texas can result in a $75 ticket. Since you didn’t receive a ticket, you should be able to make this update without fear of penalty.