How to Change Your Address in Connecticut DMV
Changing your address and vehicle registration when moving to a new state or within your state can be overwhelming. Below you will find a concise list of all the steps you need to make this process as painless as possible, as well as the answers to some commonly asked questions. When in doubt, the last section outlines the various ways you can contact the Connecticut DMV for support.
How to make Change of Address Online
First, you will need to make sure you have the following information and paperwork on hand:
- The correct spelling of your first and last name as it appears on your ID (this seems simple, but make sure you know if your middle initial is listed or not and pay attention to any suffixes.)
- Your birthday
- The current address that the DMV has on file for you
- Your current Connecticut driver’s license or your non-driver ID number
- Your social security card
Next, go to the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles website to begin the process of changing your address online.
Make sure you update your vehicle registration. You can just cross out the old address and write the new one for this step.
It is crucial that you adhere a new address label to your current ID while you wait for your new one. You can get this label from your local police department or by calling the Connecticut DMV directly. Put this sticker on the back of your current identification card, not the front.
In order to change your address online in the state of Connecticut, you must be a resident and either have a vehicle registration, driver’s license, or non-driver ID.
Vehicle Property Tax
Taxes are due in January and July, and a bill will be mailed to you. However, if you change your address after October 1st, there is a chance you will miss your bill even if you use mail forwarding. Make sure you check with your local tax assessor to check on any outstanding tax bills.
There are no fees associated with changing your address online!
How to Change of Address by Mail
You will need to print and fill out the appropriate forms. There are different forms for individuals and for organizations. Please note that these forms will not be processed if you do not sign them, so remember to sign on the dotted line!
Next, mail the filled out forms to this address:
Department of Motor Vehicles
60 State Street
Wethersfield, CT 06109
Attention: DMV Change of Address Unit
In the same way as if you changed your address online, make sure you cross out your old address on your vehicle registration and write your new one.
Also, make sure to get an address label for your identification card from your local police department or by calling the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles. Remember, this sticker goes on the back of your ID.
Just like changing your address online, anyone with a vehicle registration, driver’s license, or non-driver ID who lives in Connecticut is eligible to change their address by mail.
Vehicle Property Tax
The vehicle property tax laws are the same whether you change your address online or by mail. Please refer to the section titled Vehicle Property Tax in the Online Change of Address portion above for more information.
It is free to change your address by mail in Connecticut, but keep in mind that you will pay for paper, ink, and stamps when using this method. Effectively, changing your address online is cheaper.
If You’re Moving to Connecticut from Another State
Will You Need to Get a New Driver’s License if Moving to Connecticut from Another State?
Yes, you must get a new driver’s license when you move to Connecticut. You have 30 days to do this from your move-in date.
How Do You Get One?
You will have to go to the DMV in person. You must possess a valid driver’s license, but it can be expired for up to and no longer than two years. If your license is expired for over two years, you will have to take a learner’s permit test. You will undergo a vision test.
- Your driver’s license
- The filled-out application form
- Two further identification documents such as your US birth certificate, US passport, Greencard, or proof of citizenship, and/or social security card. The Connecticut DMV website has a list of acceptable documents.
- $124 either by cash or checks. If you decide to use checks, bring two because there are two separate fees. The total is $124.
If you are under 18, there are additional requirements.
Is There a Fee?
The cost breakdown is $40 for the application fee and $84 for the license fee. Again, this must be submitted separately if you use checks.
Does a Connecticut DMV Change of Address Require a Driving Test?
No, the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles does not require a driving test for individuals who have a valid driver’s license, but you will have to pass a vision test. However, if your license has expired for longer than 2 years, you will have to take an 8-hour driving safety test and get a temporary learner’s permit.
How long do you have to get a Connecticut driver’s license or ID card?
You have 30 days from your move-in date to secure a new Connecticut driver’s license or identification card.
How Long Do You Have to Update Your Vehicle’s Registration?
You have up to 60 days to update your vehicle registration as a new resident of Connecticut.
How Do You Update Your Vehicle’s Registration as a New Resident of Connecticut?
If your car is older than 2016, you must get an emissions test done on your vehicle. If your care is a newer model, you will need to get a VIN check. This is a simple investigation of your vehicle’s make, model, and some other details.
You will need to go to the DMV in person, just like with getting a new ID. So while the deadlines for getting a new ID and updating your vehicle registration are different, it is wise to get them both done on the same day.
Fill out this form and bring it with you along with your proof of car insurance and your valid personal identifications. Also, bring your emissions report or VIN verification. Bring your car title as well to prove you are the owner of the vehicle.
What is the Registration Fee?
The base fee is $132, but there might be some additional fees as well.
If You’re Moving From Connecticut to Another State
Do You Need to Notify the State of Connecticut if You’re Moving to Another State Without a Registered Car?
Yes, you need to notify the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles if you are moving to another state, regardless of your current car ownership status. Luckily, you can do this online.
Do You Need to Notify the State of Connecticut if You’re Moving to Another State with Your Registered Vehicle?
Yes, you need to notify the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles if you are moving to another state, especially if you have a registered vehicle you are taking with you. You can do this online, and you will need to do this in order to transfer your driver’s license and vehicle registration to your new state.
Do You Need to Return Your Connecticut License Plates?
You should mail your Connecticut license plates after obtaining your new plates of course, to this address:
DMV, Attn: Plate Return
60 State Street
Wethersfield, CT 06161-5057
That should be all you need to know when it comes to changing your address and vehicle registration in the beautiful state of Connecticut. If you have any further questions or are looking for more information, be sure to check out the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles website.
They are available by email, phone, snail-mail, and in person at the local Connecticut DMVs.
Excepting holidays, live phone support is available from Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Eastern Standard Time. There are three phone numbers depending on where you live:
- For the Hartford area, or if you are calling from out of state, please call (860) 263-5700.
- The phone number (800) 842-8222 services all other areas of Connecticut.
- If you have a suspended Connecticut driver’s license, you can call (800) 263-5720.
Additionally, there is a 24-hour automated hotline if you have questions outside of their regular call hours.
If you want to send mail to the DMV, you can send it to
Department of Motor Vehicles
60 State Street
Wethersfield, CT 06161
However, if sending mail, make sure you are sending it with attention to a specific employee or department; otherwise, you run the risk of never getting a reply.