Change Address on License
When you are in the process of moving within Indiana, one of the most important government agencies you need to notify is the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. Since the department is in charge of all drivers license services and vehicle services in the state, it is vital you inform them of your address changing as soon as possible.
How to Change Address on Drivers Licenses in Person
If you are relocating within the state of Indiana, you will need to contact the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles to have your drivers license address updated. In order to make the official address change and get your file updated with your current address, visit a nearby licensing agency and be ready to provide documentation that shows proof of identity, as well as proof of residency in Indiana.
Two proofs of residency are required, such as the following:
- A utility bill (electric, water, Internet, cable, landline phone, etc.)
- An official statement from your bank or financial institution
- A mortgage or lease agreement
- Your Indiana Voter Registration Card
- A medical bill or card with your new address
- Your car registration
- Your car insurance policy
- A work order with your new address
- Official correspondence from a government or state agency
In addition to these documents, you must also be ready to present proof of your Social Security Number, such as your Social Security Card or a W-2 form. If you cannot provide any of this documentation, then you will be unable to have your file updated and will be required to return to the BMV at a later date.
Mailing Address vs. Residential Address
Be mindful of the fact that the Bureau of Motor Vehicles has two addresses on file for each customer: the legal address and the mailing address. The legal address is what the BMV uses to validate a car owner's permanent place of residency in the state. This is the address that is necessary for your credentials, such as your license to drive or your ID card. The mailing address, however, has a different purpose.
The Indiana BMV uses your mailing address as an alternate address for all the mailing correspondences the department sends out. These letters or enclosed packages may include your license plates, renewal notices, and anything else that may be mailed out on a regular basis. If you would simply like to change your mailing address, and not your residential address, you can do so online or in person. In any case, both of your addresses must be up to date at all times.
If you are in the process of updating the address on your drivers license, take note that you will need to submit payment of a set fee to receive a new license. In order to apply for a new license, a motorist is required to visit the nearest Bureau of Motor Vehicles to complete the transaction.