Why Keep Your Address Up-to-Date?

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Why Keep Your Address Up-To-Date?

In an age of emails, remembering to keep a current address with your licensing state can seem like a task that is no longer relevant and at best minimally beneficial. While it is true that most companies or advertisers don't necessary care to know your home address, (as long as their marketing media comes to your inbox), this is not the case with Uncle Sam. The  government isn't concerned with selling you something that you should buy, but rather creating laws and regulations you must follow.  We've laid out some of the reasons why it is important to keep your address up-to-date.

Scroll to the bottom to find our list of licensing agency grace periods and their address change links.

REASON 1 - Identity Theft Prevention

Though your identity being at risk is not the main concern of your local DMV, it should be yours! Your old mailing address opens the door for possible thieves to gain access to your name, account numbers, subscriptions, and bills. These pieces of information can be used to assemble the puzzle of your identity to a potential thief, putting you and your wallet at risk! Want to better protect your identity? Make sure to update your address promptly after each move.

REASON 2 - Personal Information Delivery

There is necessary information the government will not release over the phone or to an email address without having certain accounts already created. This can be a problem for those who aren't tech-savvy or simply don't know they need to create such accounts as the following:


DOT Pin # - If you are a motor carrier/owner operator this number is confidential and will be mailed to your physical address if your email doesn't recognize their email.


FMCSA Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse - If you haven't created an account with the Clearinghouse, when a future employer sends a full query consent (required for new hires), that request will be mailed to your last registered address. You won't see it for 7-10 days, and your new employer can't put you behind the wheel until that is approved. Unsure of what the Clearinghouse is? Check out our post here!


W-2/Financial Information - Without a current address, your previous employers could send your tax information to a former address, hampering your ability to complete filing your taxes. This also applies to any financial institutions you may have a loan or account with.

REASON 3 - It's the LAW!

Once you move, your licensing state will give a grace period for you to get your address update submitted to them. Depending on your state this could be anywhere from 2 days to 90 days. While they likely won't penalize anyone for violating this code, as we've covered above, there is no downside to keeping your address current! Your state has probably made it simple and free to update your address with them, You should check your local DMV or DPS website.

We've put together a list of the grace periods for each state and the links to their address change operation, check it out below!

State by State Address Change Information


Alabama law provides a grace period of 30 days

To update your address please go to : https://www.alea.gov/sites/default/files/inline-files/change%20of%20address_0.pdf

Be aware this form must be mailed in & cannot be submitted online.

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