Change of Address or Name
You must notify DMV within 30 days if you change your address. Each time that you change your address with DMV, you will have an opportunity to apply to register to vote or to change your voter registration address with the State Board of Elections.
You must provide DMV with the street address of your principal Virginia residence. A post office box or business address is not acceptable and your principal address must be in Virginia. However, if you do not want your residence address to appear on your driver's license or photo ID card, you may provide DMV with an alternate address in addition to your residence address. This alternate address must also be in Virginia.
If you change your residence address or alternate address to a location outside Virginia, your driver's license or photo ID card will be cancelled. Exceptions may be made for some individuals such as active duty military personnel and Virginia residents employed outside Virginia.
To change your address and obtain a new vehicle registration card, you may visit any DMV customer service center. You may purchase a new driver's license or photo ID card showing the address change, or a free change of address card will be mailed to you.
You may also change your address online or by calling DMV at (804) 497-7100.
Proof of Name Change
- Marriage certificate (same-sex marriage or civil union documents are not accepted).
- Divorce decree if the decree states the change from married name to maiden name.
- Original or teste copy of the court order granting the name change.
If your name has changed and you are applying for any Virginia driver's license or identification card for the first time, you must submit one of the documents listed above for proof of your name change.
If your name has changed and you currently hold any valid Virginia-issued driver's license or photo identification card, you must present it along with one of the documents listed above for proof of your name change.
If you cannot present your Virginia driver's license, learner's permit, CDL, CDL instruction permit or photo identification card, you must present one proof of identity from the primary document list in addition to one of the documents listed above for proof of name change. A list of documents on the primary document list is presented in Obtaining a Virginia Driver's License or Identification (ID) Card (DMV 141). , along with information about documents that DMV will accept as proof of identity, residency and social security number (SSN. You can also use the interactive Document Guide to determine which documents you will need to bring to DMV when you apply.
Photocopies will not be accepted. All documents must be originals and all documents must be verifiable with the issuing entity. DMV will not accept a document as proof of identity, residency or social security number when there is reason to believe it has been altered, fraudulently obtained or is fake, forged, counterfeit, or otherwise non-genuine or illegitimate. DMV may require additional documents.
Falsifying information on any driver's license or photo identification card application is a criminal offense. Altering or assisting a person with improperly or fraudulently obtaining a driver's license, learner's permit, CDL, CDL instruction permit or photo ID card are also criminal offenses.
Documents accepted by DMV as proof of identity, Virginia residency and social security number may change without prior notice.