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Change Name on a Drivers License

A drivers license name change is an important task residents must fulfill after a legal name change with the Social Security Administration and Wisconsin courts. Motorists may need to request a drivers license name change after marriage, divorce or a court order. A change of name on drivers license credentials helps the WI Division of Motor Vehicle update their records of drivers on the road. Residents changing name on drivers license credentials must visit a DMV office to submit proof of a name change along with payment and other application documents. Drivers can read below for more information.

A drivers license name change is an important task residents must fulfill after a legal name change with the Social Security Administration and Wisconsin courts. Motorists may need to request a drivers license name change after marriage, divorce or a court order. A change of name on drivers license credentials helps the WI Division of Motor Vehicle update their records of drivers on the road. Residents changing name on drivers license credentials must visit a DMV office to submit proof of a name change along with payment and other application documents. Drivers can read below for more information.

How to Change Your Name Legally with the Social Security Administration

Before you make plans to change names with the Wisconsin DOT, you must first make sure you complete a legal name change. An official name change in the U.S. is facilitated by the Social Security Administration. In an effort to go through the process as efficiently as possible, be sure your name change is handled by the SSA prior to a visit to your DMV customer service center, as a WisDOT agent will access Social Security records to confirm you have gone through the legal change of name procedure.

A name change request with the SSA can be done in person or by mail. Make sure to fill out the required change of name application first, which is available through the Social Security Administration website. If you prefer to file a legal name change in person, you can locate your nearest SSA office via the website’s Office Locator tool. For an in-person name update with Social Security, prepare the following:

  • Your Wisconsin drivers license or a valid form of ID
  • A completed Application for Social Security Card (available online)
  • Proof of your new name
  • Proof of citizenship or proof of legal presence in the U.S.

Note: It can take up to 10 business days for your legal name change request to process with the SSA.

How to Change Your Name with the Department of Transportation

Once you have completed the official name change process with SSA, you will be ready to schedule an appointment to begin changing your name at the DMV in person. Make sure to wait 24 hours before visiting a DMV customer service center to make a name change on drivers licenses, so the DMV agent can verify your name change.

When requesting a DMV name change on licenses to drive, essentially, you will perform a WI drivers license update and receive a replacement driver ID. Be sure to have the required name change application and supporting documentation on your person, including:

  • A completed MV3001
  • Proof of legal name change
  • Proof of citizenship or legal presence in the U.S.
  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of name and date of birth
  • Proof of residency

In addition to the necessary DMV name change forms, be prepared to pay the required fee for a name change on drivers license request.

Note: You are required to surrender your current Wisconsin drivers license when processing your change of name at the DMV.