Advice on Changing Driver’s License and Vehicle Info at the Same Time?

by Prince Of Petworth September 22, 2016 at 2:05 pm 11 Comments

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“Dear PoPville,

I’m trying to update the address on my D.C. License and also renew my vehicle registration. Online it states you can change your address while updating vehicle registration but I don’t see this option. It also states you save the $20 change of address fee when you change your address with another service (like registration).”

Anyone do this recently with success?

  • kanon

    My understanding: if you have a real ID, you can change your address online. If you don’t yet have a real ID, then you need to go in person to update both your registration and DL. I did this recently and it took me less than 30 minutes, just make sure you have all the required paperwork. Also, I went close to the end of the day.

    • LP

      I recently had to update my DL and vehicle registration at the DMV – I was also in and out in 30 minutes. If you have the right paperwork in order, it saves a lot of hassle.

      • M

        I think that’s what I’ll have to do. I was in and out last year changing my plates, registration and license over. Definitely agree that it’s important to have your paperwork ready.

  • SWish

    Do you have a Real ID yet?

    I renewed my registration and changed my address in a single trip to the DMV, but because my driver’s license at the time wasn’t Real ID compliant, they charged a $20 duplicate license fee – even though the only reason they had to print me a new license was because of the new Real ID requirements. So even if you get around the $20 change of address fee, they’ll slap you with a different $20 fee just to get a Real ID compliant license (which, y’know, is required by law, but DC will happily charge you for the privilege).

  • AGP

    I had this same problem. To make matters worse, I also paid $35 extra for an RPP only to receive a registration that said NO RPP.

    • M

      OP here. This is exactly what I want to avoid.. Or them mailing my new registration to my old address because my parking zone is likely changing.

      • anon

        They will issue registration stickers on the spot. If you are changing from one zone to another zoned address, you can’t run into the same problem as AGP. Presumably, they paid for RPP even though the new address is not zoned for RPP at all. You should change your address, get the new sticker, and then renew the registration online closer to the due date (presumably, you are getting this done before the day of expiration).

  • anon

    My wife and I had to change our address (and update, but not renew, our registration on two cars) and we did not have REAL IDs. We went to the DMV, got REAL IDs with our new address, and the address change cascaded to our vehicle registrations (we were issued new stickers, which were NO RPP when our old ones were zone 2; we just kept zone 2 stickers on until the registration period ended).
    DMV was not busy at the time. Didn’t take more than an hour. Hope that’s helpful.

  • Common Sense

    Did it Monday. Have 2 Utility bills with new address on them ready to upload. Cost me $20.


  • Sean

    If you don’t have a REAL ID license, then be prepared to spend hours in bureaucratic hell. When I went through this process last year to update my address and change to REAL ID I thought I came over-prepared with plenty of documentation, the person at the check in desk looked over my documents and gave me a number to sit in line forever, then the clerk I ended up with turned me away. I went back a week later with as many pieces of proof of residency as I could gather and the clerk I got that time accepted the same documents that the first clerk denied a week earlier.

    • anon

      So, they are denying good docs just to deny them? Wow…


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