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Beware of the ten day rule

If you get pulled over for something, and if you mention to the police officer that the address on your driver’s license is NOT your current address, you might get another ticket you didn’t expect.

The reason for this is that New York State law (Article 19 section 509-8) requires you to notify the DMV within ten days of any PERMANENT address change if you have a NYS driver license, learner permit or non-driver ID card, or a NYS registration for a vehicle, boat, or snowmobile.

In talking to the police officer, the police officer might try to elicit out of you that you failed to change your address. If that happens, the police officer just might write you another ticket for failing to change your address.

I have had clients tell me this has happened to them because they were not aware of this ten day rule.

New York’s Vehicle and Traffic Law Article 19 section 509-8 of states that failing to notify the DMV that your address has changed will result in a fine and surcharge which could run you nearly $200 dollars. There are no points associated with failing to notify the DMV of an address change, just a fine.

Therefore, if you state you changed your address, you risk getting a ticket under section 509-8.

Below is a link to the DMV form that you use to update your address in NY.

This form was available on this website at the time I drafted this paragraph:

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