Change Address on License
In the event that you are about to move or have already moved, it is important to keep in mind that you are required to notify the Washington Department of Licensing. The DOL gives you a period of 10 days to contact them after your move. In this period, you must update your current records and you have the option of applying for an updated drivers license, as long as you are willing to pay the extra cost.
How to Change Address on Drivers Licenses in Person
If it is time for you to contact the Department of Licensing in Washington, the first option you should consider is to go in person to a local licensing office. If you decide that you'd rather not get a new driver license with your updated personal information, you can simply make your way down to the local office and ask that your records be updated personally by a representative. By doing this, you are required to perform one extra but simple step. You must write your new address on the back of your current license to drive in Washington. The same tgoes for your vehicle registration documents. Because you will not receive updated driving credentials, you should write your new address on registration materials as well.
How to Change Address on Drivers Licenses Online
If you find that it is too inconvenient to change address on DMV documents in person, your second option for address changing in Washington is probably preferable. As with many other state DMVs, the Washington Department of Licensing allows you to perform a motor vehicle change of address online. The process is free, and if you choose to go through with it online, you can also update the address that you have on your voter registration at the same time.
How to Change Address on Drivers Licenses by Mail
If you are not interested in submitting an address change request in person or online, the last option available to you is to apply by mail. In this instance, the first thing you will have to do is complete a WA DMV address change form (Form DLE-520-039). Once you fill out the application, you are required to mail it to the following address:
Department of Licensing
P.O. Box 9030
Olympia, WA 98507
After you have mailed it in, be sure to write your new address on the back of your current WA drivers license. This process only updates your address on DOL records; therefore, you will not receive an updated driver license.
Applying for a Duplicate Drivers License
If you decide that you would also like to obtain a new Washington drivers license with your updated address, then you will have to pay a $10 drivers license replacement fee. This will be a noticeable difference from the address changing process because notifying the DOL of your new residence does not come with any charges. Also, you will have to provide additional information depending on whether you are applying online or in person.