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Ways to Help Keep Your Information Updated During a Move

When you move to a new home, you have a long list of to-do's to take care of before, during, and after the move. One of the most important tasks you cannot forget is updating your vehicle and personal information.

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Updating Your Driving Information

The regulations regarding changes to your vehicle registration and driver's license vary from state to state. That's why it's best to visit the website of the DMV or RMV in the state where your new home is located to see what the rules are.

For example, if you're moving within the state of Massachusetts, you have to change the address on your registration and license within 30 days. If you're moving from a different state to Massachusetts, you have to register the change as soon as you relocate.

In contrast, in California, you're required to change the address on your license and registration within 10 days of relocating, regardless of where you're moving from.

Organizations to Notify When You Move

Depending on your personal situation, you should take the following actions to notify organizations of your new address:

  • Use the United States Postal Service change of address form to ensure your mail forwards to your new address.
  • Contact your bank, mortgage provider, car loan provider, and any credit card companies. Some will allow you to change your address in your online profile, while others will require you to fill out and sign a secure form.
  • Make sure your employer has any updates to your address.
  • If you have children, call their school to update your address.
  • Notify your health insurance company of your new address. You might be required to find new healthcare providers in your area.
  • Contact your insurance company to update any of your policies with your new address.
  • Online shopping sites you order deliveries from will also need your new address.
  • If you subscribe to any publications or subscription services, notify them that you've moved.

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