When you move to a new address in Florida, it’s essential to update your driver’s license and vehicle registration information with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV). It is your responsibility to do this within 30 days of moving, and failure to do so may result in your license becoming invalid.
Reasons for Updating a Florida Drivers License Address Change
There are several important reasons for keeping your personal information, including your residence and mailing address, current with the DHSMV:
- It’s the law. Driving without a valid license is a crime, and to be valid a license must include current residence information. When you change your address, the DHSMV will issue you with a new license and destroy the old one.
- You may miss important driver’s license and vehicle registration renewal notices. This could lead to fines or even license suspension if you don’t update your mailing address.
How to Register a Florida Drivers License Address Change
The method for notifying the DHSMV about your change of address depends upon your citizenship status and the type of license.
US citizens with regular driver licenses can make address changes online. Non-citizens and people with other types of license - for example, a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) - must go in-person to a DHSMV office to register a change of address.
Updating Your Address Online
If you are a US citizen and a Florida resident with a Class E passenger car driver’s license, you can go online to the GoRenew.com portal on the DHSMV website and update your address information there. Before you access the site, be sure to have your current license number and a valid credit card on-hand so you can pay the necessary fees.
Updating Your Address In-Person
Both US and non-US citizens, as well as CDL holders, can go in-person to any DHSMV office to fill out a change of address form. Calling ahead and making an appointment may save you significant waiting time. You can also update your information with a county Tax Collector Licensing Agent.
When updating your information at a DHSMV office, you may be required to show proof of US citizenship or legal residence. Acceptable documents include:
- US birth certificate
- Valid US passport
- Naturalization papers
- Green card (form I-551)
The DHSMV charges a fee for registering an address change and issuing a new license, and this fee is the same whether making the change online or in-person.