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Checklist For Drivers Moving to A Different State

Checklist for drivers after a move

If you are about to move to another state, there are steps you need to take to ensure that your ability to drive isn't compromised. Although some states may have more requirements than others, here are some universal steps that you must take regardless of what state you move to.

Turn In Your Current Driver's License

Drivers are not allowed to have a license from two different states at the same time. When you arrive in your new home state, you must apply for a license in that state. Generally, you will have up to 30 days to make the transition.

Register Your Car in Your New State

You must also register your car in the state you move to. This can be done by going to the DMV and exchanging your old plates for your new ones. There may be a fee for doing so. Drivers who do not register their car in a timely fashion may have their license suspended or find it difficult to get car insurance.

Buy Insurance From a Carrier in Your New State

Insurance policies are generally only valid from providers within the state, so you should get a new policy when you register your car in your new state. In some cases, you may be able to keep the same carrier if they provide coverage in the state you move to. To make things easier, you can check online where a particular carrier offers coverage before you move. If you are planning on moving to a new state, take action to ensure that you are driving legally and avoid penalties for not registering your car or getting a new license. If part of the requirements for getting a driver's license in your new state require some form of testing, consider taking a DMV practice test to study and make sure you're prepared beforehand.

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