DMV Change of Address, Tennessee, United States

How to notify the Tennessee TDOSHS of an address change?

Are you planning to move to or within Tennessee? Or perhaps leaving the country-music rich state? If you have a driver’s license and a car, you must notify the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security (TDOSHS) of the address change. 

Unlike other states where you have a dedicated Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), the responsibility of driver services in Tennessee falls under the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security and Tennessee Department of Safety for vehicle registrations. 

TDOSHS is a state agency that deals with public safety, driver services, and everything in between. Do you want a new REAL ID? You contact TDOSHS. Want to change your address and other credentials? You get in touch with TDOSHS. Coming back to the address change, you only get 10 days to notify TN of the address change. So, before you hop onto the driver’s seat and cruise around the new neighborhood, you must get all the paperwork sorted out.

Why is it so important? You will miss all the renewal notices, parking tickets, unpaid registration fees reminders, and everything else associated with your driver’s license and vehicle registration.

So, if you are physically relocating, changing your address with the United States Postal Service, or your local 9-1-1 Emergency Communications District, you need to notify TDOSHS too.

These are the cases when you need to be conserved about the address change:

  • I’m moving within Tennessee
  • I’m moving from another State to Tennessee
  • I’m moving from Tennessee to another State

Let’s dive into each one of these and see how you can get on with the address change:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Updating your Address with Tennessee DMV

I’m moving within Tennessee: How to change my address with the Tennessee TDOSHS?

If you are already living in Tennessee but planning to shift to another city or around the block, TDOSHS is still going to knock on your door after 10 days. 

Here’s how you can update your address with the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security if you are moving with the state:

  • Online
  • In-person
  • By mail

The address change policy goes for both your driver’s license and vehicle registrations. 

Note: Notifying the United States Postal Service of the address change will NOT change your address with the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security.

Moreover, if you are moving within Tennessee, the state does not require the address to be changed on your actual license. In simple words, you don’t have to get an entirely new driver’s license that reflects your new address. If the state has your new address on its files, you’re good to go.

Update my Address Online with the TDOSHS

Why bother going to the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security service station when you can update the address on the comfort of your coach? The e-Services portal makes it extremely convenient for you to update your address if you are moving within Tennessee.

But there’s a catch; not everyone is eligible for an online address change. You must have an unexpired, valid Tennessee driver’s license or State ID.

Step by Step Process

  1. Visit the TN Department of Safety & Homeland Security’s Driver Services Division website.
  2. Click Driver Services.

3. Once you’re in the Driver Services Division, log in to the e-Services portal. You’ll need to type your last name, DOB, TN License/ID Number, and SSN. Check the box at the end if you don’t have an SSN.

DMV Change of Address, Tennessee, United States

4. After that, you’ll see the list of available services; select “Change Your Address.”

5. You’ll be prompted to present some information regarding the address change.

6. That’s it; your address will be updated in the state’s files.

7. If you want a new driver’s license with your updated address on it, go back to the list of available services and click on renew your license or order a duplicate license if you are not within your renewal period. 

8. You have to pay $8 if it’s the first duplicate and $12 for the 2nd or subsequent duplicate. You can visit Driver License Fees to check the updated costs.

9. Once the transaction and processing are complete, you’ll receive the new driver’s license at your mailing address within 15-20 days.

10. If TDOSHS does not have digital versions of your signature and photo on file, you must request a duplicate card in person.

11. For vehicle registration, you need to visit the Tennessee County Clerk’s website and check if your county is eligible for the online address change or not.

DMV Change of Address, Tennessee, United States

Documents/Information Required

  • TN driver’s license or ID number
  • Mailing address
  • Last 4 digits of your Social Security number (SSN)
  • Payment for driver’s license replacement

The vehicle registrations are managed by the Tennessee Department of Revenue and Tennessee County Clerk. You can only update your address online if your state allows it. Otherwise, you’ll have to visit your local county clerk’s office.

Update my Address in Person with the TDOSHS

If you are not eligible for the online address change or just don’t want to get into the hassles of technology, just visit your nearest Self-Service Kiosk or a TDOSHS service center.

Here are some of the major self-service kiosks and TDOSHS service center locations:

Anderson County Clerk Kiosk

TDOSHS Service Center

3310 Andersonville Highway Ste B

Davidson County Clerk

TDOSHS Service Center

700 Second Avenue South #101

Oak Ridge Driver Services Center

TDOSHS Service Center

475 Oak Ridge Turnpike Oak Ridge, TN 37830 USA

Did we miss your county?

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Step by Step Process

  1. Find your nearest self-service kiosk, follow the kiosk’s on-screen prompts, and change your address in just a couple of minutes. You can also request a duplicate driver’s license, but you’ll need to pay $8 if it’s the first duplicate and $12 for 2nd or subsequent duplicate. You can visit Driver License Fees to check the updated costs.
  2. Visit your local TDOSHS service center and fill the change of address form. If you want a duplicate driver’s license, just pay the subsequent fee, and you’ll receive your shiny new license in 15-20 days.
  3. For vehicle registration, visit your local county clerk’s office, fill the address change form, and that’s it.

Documents/Information Required

  • TN driver’s license or ID number
  • Mailing address
  • Last 4 digits of your Social Security number (SSN)
  • Payment for driver’s license replacement
  • There might be some specific requirements for your county for the vehicle registration change of address
  • Vehicle identification number

Update my Address by Mail with the TDOSHS

You need the following to change your address on your driver’s license:

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Driver License Number
  • Social Security Number
  • Old address that appears on current driver license
  • New address
  • County of your new address

You can mail a letter along with these documents or a filled change of address form to the following address:

TN DEPT OF SAFETY AND HOMELAND SECURITY

ATTN: RECORDS 1150 Foster Avenue Nashville, TN 37243. You can get the address change form from any TDOSHS service center.

A request for a duplicate vehicle registration can be mailed to your local county clerk and must include:

  • License plate number,
  • Vehicle identification number
  • $3 fee (plus an additional $0.50 if the request requires certification)
  • Mailing fees may apply; please contact your county for more information

I’m moving from another State to Tennessee: How to change my address with the Tennessee TDOSHS?

If you are moving from another state to Tennessee, you must update your address within 30 days of your move. There’s no way you can apply for this online. You need to visit Tennessee Driver Services Center in person. 

Update my Address in Person with the TDOSHS

If you were a former Tennessee resident, the process would be much easier, but you still have to visit the service center in person. If you are a new resident, you need to transfer your out-of-state license to Tennessee. Make sure you don’t have outstanding suspensions, revocations, or cancellations on the out-of-state driver’s license. 

Note: You must visit a full-service driver service center to obtain a new Tennessee driver’s license.

Step by Step Process

  • Schedule a driver’s license appointment.
  • Locate your nearest TDOSHS full-service center here.
  • You will have to submit the following document:
    • Current license or certified copy of driving record or other acceptable ID
    • If you are submitting a Motor Vehicle Record (MVR), it must be original and issued no more than 30 days prior to your Tennessee application date.
    • Proof of U.S. citizenship or legal presence.
    • Proof of Tennessee residency with your name and resident address.
    • Proof of Social Security Number.
    • Pay $28.00 for D-Operator, Non-Commercial License. For others, visit TN Driver License Fees.
  • Whether you are a new or returning resident, TN wants you to surrender the out-of-state license at the time of application for a Tennessee license. 
  • If you are applying for a Class-D passenger’s vehicle, you are just required to take a Tennessee vision screening at the full-service driver service center. Commercial driver license holders must fulfill additional testing requirements
  • If your out-of-state license has expired for more than six months, you need to pass a knowledge exam, road skills test, and vision screening.
  • For vehicle registration, you can obtain a vehicle title from the local county clerk’s office after emissions testing (if the county requires it). You need the following documents for obtaining a new Tennessee vehicle registration:
    • Proof of identification and proof of residency
    • Passed emissions certificate (Hamilton, Davidson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson, or Wilson County. Visit Tennessee’s vehicle inspection program website to learn more)
    • Most current out-of-state registration
    • Either the name and address of the lienholder to whom you are making payments OR, in the event of no lienholder, your out-of-state title.
    • You must pay $21.50 for personal vehicle registration. Visit the fee section for vehicle registration for more details. 

For more details, visit Titling a Vehicle (New Residents or Those Relocating to Tennessee).

 
 

I’m moving from Tennessee to another State: How to change my address with the TDOSHS?

DMV Change of Address, Tennessee, United States

Bye Bye, Tennessee?

You are not required to inform the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security when moving from Tennessee to another state. TDOSHS will automatically cancel your driver’s license when you receive a new one from our new state of residency.

The same goes for vehicle registration. And you are not required to return the TN license plates, but you may give them back if you wish.

What are the documents required?

You need the following documents to update your address on the driver’s license and vehicle registration:

  • TN driver’s license or ID number
  • Mailing address
  • Last 4 digits of your Social Security number (SSN)
  • Payment for driver’s license replacement
  • Current license or certified copy of driving record or other acceptable ID
  • If you are submitting a Motor Vehicle Record (MVR), it must be original and issued no more than 30 days prior to your Tennessee application date.
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship or legal presence.
  • Proof of Tennessee residency with your name and resident address.
  • Vehicle identification number
  • Either the name and address of the lienholder to whom you are making payments OR, in the event of no lienholder, your out-of-state title.
  • Out-of-state license and registration

Frequently Asked Questions About DMV Change of Address

When should I notify the Tennessee TDOSHS of my move?

You need to notify Tennessee TDOSHS of your move in two cases:

  • I’m moving within Tennessee
  • I’m moving from another State to Tennessee

If you are moving to another state from Tennessee, your Tennessee driver’s license and vehicle registration will be canceled as soon as you receive a new one from the state you’re moving to.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Do I need to take a driving test?

If you are applying for a Class-D passenger’s vehicle, you are just required to take a Tennessee vision screening at the full-service driver service center. Commercial driver license holders must fulfill additional testing requirements

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Will filling out an official U.S. Postal Service Change of Address Form update my vehicle registration records?

No, filling out an official U.S. Postal Service Change of Address Form will not update your vehicle registration records.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

After moving to another state, do I need to return the license plates?

You are not required to return the TN license plates, but you may give them back if you wish.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Can I change my name and address on my Driving Licence at the same time?

You can change them at the same time, but you’ll have to submit separate forms along with the supporting documents.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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