How To Register Your Car After Moving To Another State

Moving to another state can be quite an adventure. But from a legal point of view, it can be nightmarish. There are so many documents to fill in and so many notifications to be sent. Also, if you own a car, you must register it to the current state and seek for insurance. If you had insurance with a local carrier, chances are that it will not be available in the current state. Find out more about car insurance and get a free auto insurance quote online from our website.

la auto showThe first thing to do is to get in touch with the local DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) or Registry of Motor Vehicles. The name may vary, but it does the same things. Check the website for your local DMV. You will find out the documentation needed for updating your driver’s license and timeframe to do this. In some states, the time-frame is limited to just a few days since you became a resident.

The next step is to gather all the documents needed for registering your car and updating the driver’s license.  Usually you will have to provide:

  • Your current driver’s license from your old state. Make sure it’s not expired, or else your process changes from “switching your license from out of state” to “getting a new license” which will require a driver’s test in your new state.
  • Additional verification of your identity, including social security card or passport. Your state’s website will include a full list of required documents.
  • Proof of residence at your new address. Some states require two forms, such as a utilities or a cable bill.
  • Be sure to check online to find the appropriate form of payment your state requires – cash, check or credit card.

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