Driver license, commercial driver license (CDL) or identification card
Your legal name must appear on your driver license or identification (ID) card. If you change your name, follow these steps to obtain a replacement driver license or ID card with your new, legal name:
- First, change your name with the Social Security Administration (SSA)
- Present identification and proof of name change documents to SSA
- Allow 48 hours for SSA to process your name change so
DMV can verify your correct name
- Visit a
DMV customer service center to get a replacement driver license or ID card and:
- You will receive a receipt that is valid identification until your card arrives in the mail within 7-10 business days.
Certificate of title
Changing your name on your driver license or ID card changes your name on DMV’s base record for you. It is not mandatory that you obtain a corrected title, Confirmation of Ownership* or registration documents with your new name. When DMV issues a subsequent title, Confirmation of Ownership or registration to you, it will reflect your new name.
If you want title, Confirmation of Ownership or registration document to reflect your new name before renewal, you will need to mail in or bring in your current title or confirmation of ownership. There is no charge by mail.
Note: State law requires DMV to deliver title to the lien holder (lender). Vehicle owners will receive a *Confirmation of Ownership document in place of the title that is sent to the lien holder (lender).
If you have a lien on your vehicle, check
Lien look up and contact the lien holder to obtain the title.