Residents of the State of Arizona who move and possess a valid drivers license have a legal obligation to notify the Motor Vehicle Division (MVD). This change of address is mandatory and is not optional. The important date to remember is ten (10) days. That is how long you have to let MVD know you have moved. So while you are getting your mail forwarded, notifying your creditors, your bank, your insurance company, and all the many other actions that go along with moving, remember that this requirement for your drivers license is a legal one. In fact, if you do not take care of this matter, and you go through a license check, a law enforcement officer could issue you a citation. Changing your address on your drivers license is one action not to put off.
Arizona law does not require this action just to give its residents one more thing to do when they move. There is a valid and compelling reason to let MVD know where you live, and more importantly where you receive your mail. Renewal notices and other matters concerning your license are sent by mail to the address on file. If you do not have a current address you will probably not receive the notice. Unless you memorize when your drivers license is up for renewal, the date will probably slip without the notice in the mail. Remember the importance of your action when you take care of the change of address.
Arizona does not require a resident to obtain a new drivers license when the change of address is entered. So if you are content to walk around with a license with an out of date address, you can go online and change the address. You will get all notices at the new and correct address, There is no charge, and this is the easiest way to go. All you need to provide is your name, date of birth, and license number. It is very simple and will take only a few minutes.
However, you may get tired of explaining to everyone who asks to see your license as a means of identification that the address is not right. If that is the case, then getting a new license would be the action to take. Fortunately, Arizona makes it easy. The same online process that allows you to enter your new address provides a way for you to request a new license with the change of address. There is a fee, and you have to decide if the fee is worth having a correct address on your license. One time of having to explain that the address on your license is out of date, and then providing the new address would most likely justify the relatively small fee. By the time you deal with the inconvenience, you will wish you had paid the fee.
Arizona has made it easy to enter a change of address for your license. A few minutes online and it is done. All you need to know before you go online is your name, date of birth, and license number, which you can find right on your license. The important date to remember, as stated before, is ten (10) days. That is how long you have to report the new address before you run the risk of a possible citation for failing to comply with state law. So go online and get it done, and seriously consider obtaining a new license so you will have an up to date identification card, which is what your license has now become to many businesses.