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How to do a DMV Name Change

If you’ve recently been married, divorced, or have changed your name for other reasons, you’ll need to take a few steps to change your name on your driver’s license and vehicle registration with your state Department of Motor Vehicles. 

You’ll need to visit your local DMV office to complete the transaction. It’s always a good idea to make an appointment if you’re able to and to prepare all your required documents and paperwork ahead of time. 

What do I need to change my name on my driver’s license?

Changing your name at the DMV requires the following documents:

  • Proof of your name change, such as: 
    • Marriage documents.
    • Divorce papers.
    • A certificate of Naturalization.
    • Court orders.

If you’ve had more than one name change in your life, you’ll need to provide documents that demonstrate the prior change as well. 

Additionally, you’ll have to bring the standard proof of your identity, age, Social Security Number, and residency.  

Before you change your name on your driver’s license, you’ll need to first change your name with the Social Security Administration.

First Step: Change Your Name with the Social Security Administration

Before the DMV can process your name change, you’ll need to update your records with the Social Security Administration. 

To change your name with the SSA:

  • Provide proof of your name change. 
  • Complete an Application for a Social Security Card.
  • Mail your completed application and name change documents to your local Social Security office. 

There is no fee for completing this transaction.

For more information on the process, please visit the following link: https://faq.ssa.gov/en-us/Topic/article/KA-01981

How to Change Your Name at the DMV

Once you’ve changed your name with the Social Security Administration and have confirmed that they’ve accepted your application you can change your name at the DMV. 

To change your name with the DMV for your driver’s license and vehicle documents:

  • Visit your local DMV office.
  • Complete the Driver’s License Application and any accompanying name change forms. 
  • Provide proof of your name change.
  • Provide proof of your identity, age, Social Security Number, and residency. 
  • Pay the required fee for a driver’s license change. 

Remember, if this is not your first name change, you’ll also need to bring proof of any prior name changes as well.

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