Idaho’s well-earned reputation for extensive outdoor recreation beckons visitors every year. And, not a few choose to stay after they fall in love with the state’s majestic mountains and alpine lakes. If you’re planning a move to the state this winter, three of the most important tasks you’re likely to complete are:
- Registering a change of address
- Obtaining an Idaho driver’s license
- Updating your out-of-state car’s registration
Below, we reveal the state-specific guidelines you’ll need to follow in order to become an Idaho resident:
Change of Address Registration
If you’re moving to a new address within Idaho, then government regulations require you to notify the Idaho DMV within 30 days of your move.
In order to successfully change your address in the Idaho DMV database, you’ll need to fill out and submit an Idaho Change of Address Request, also known as Form ITD 3239. There are multiple ways to submit the form, including:
- Through the mail
- Via fax
- By email
- In person at your local DMV office
It’s important to note that the submission of this form will only change your address within the DMV records system; it will not, however, change the address on your current driver’s license or ID card. In order to change your address on your driver’s license, you’ll need to personally visit your local DMV office, submit an online application (Form ITD 0020) for a replacement Idaho license card, and pay the required $15 fee.
Updated Driver’s License
New residents of Idaho have 90 days to transfer their out-of-state driver’s license to an Idaho license. If you carry a CDL, then you only have 30 days to get an Idaho license.
Four-year Idaho driver’s licenses generally cost $30.00 (ages 21 and older). However, eight-year licenses come with a $55.00 fee (ages 21-62).
Once your principal home has been in Idaho for at least 90 continuous days, then you’re officially considered a resident of Idaho. At that point, you’re required to register your vehicle with the Idaho DMV. However, you can choose to do so at any time before the 90-day limit has elapsed.
In order to register your vehicle, you’ll need to visit your local county vehicle licensing office. Note that you’ll need at least the required minimum insurance coverage:
- $25,000 for injury or death of one person in any single accident
- $50,000 for injury or death of two or more people in any single accident
- $15,000 for property damage in any single accident
Beginning January 1, 2020, the Idaho DMV will rely on an online insurance verification system to ensure that drivers have insurance coverage. Depending on the county, you may also need to have your vehicle inspected beforehand.
In all, as with any other state-to-state move, you’ll need to fill out paperwork, submit the required forms, and visit your local Idaho DMV office at least once or twice to successfully make the transition.
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