Second Residency FAQs

Will I have to present additional residency documents to retain my REAL ID driver license or identification card when I return the DMV letter?

It depends. If the address on the letter matches your current address, check the “Yes” box, sign the letter, and return the letter in the prepaid envelope. This will serve as your additional residency document.

If the address on your letter does not match your current address, check the “No” box, sign the letter, and place TWO residency documents showing your updated California address and the letter in the prepaid envelope and change your address with DMV.  

Sending in two residency documents will not change the address DMV has on file for you. Please visit the Change of Address application online to update your address.

Do I need to respond to the DMV letter if I moved after I received my REAL ID driver license or identification card? 

It depends.

If the address on the letter matches your current address, check the “Yes” box, sign the letter, and return the letter in the prepaid envelope. This will serve as your additional residency document.

If the address on your letter does not match your current address, check the “No” box, sign the letter and place two residency documents showing your updated California address and the letter in the prepaid envelope and change your address with DMV

Sending in two residency documents will not change the address DMV has on file for you. Please visit the Change of Address application online to update your address.

What should I do if the DMV letter was forwarded from my previous address? 

Check the “No” box, sign the letter and place two residency documents showing your updated California address and the letter in the prepaid envelope and change your address with DMV

NOTE: Sending in two residency documents will not change the address DMV has on file for you. Please visit the Change of Address application online to update your address.

The DMV letter says I have to mail in two residency documents with my updated California address. What is acceptable?

See Section 3 (“Proof of California Residency”) on our complete list of acceptable documents

The DMV letter says I have to mail in two residency documents with my updated California address. I have personal information on them I do not want anyone to see. What can I do?

Alterations such as blacking out the “amount due” or “balance” of a credit card or home utility bill are acceptable; however, changes cannot be made to the name or address section of the document.

Can I drop off the DMV letter at a DMV field office? 

Yes. However, you can avoid a field office visit by using the prepaid postage return envelope.

Can someone else drop off the DMV letter for me at a field office?

Yes. 

What should I do if the prepaid envelope was missing or I lost it?

You have two options. You can drop off the letter at your local field office, or you may also return the letter to the address below.

State of California
Department of Motor Vehicles 
Residency Team 
PO BOX 942890, MS G204
Sacramento, CA 94290-9890

What should I do if I lost the DMV letter?

Please use the Request for Replacement of Second Residency Letter form to request a new one.

What should I do if I never received the DMV letter?

DMV began mailing letters in late May 2019. If you have not received your letter by August 15, 2019, please use the Request for Replacement of Second Residency Letter form to request one.