If you live in Texas and you change your name in a legal capacity, you must update your name on your drivers license. The name change process isn’t difficult, but it’s very specific. Did you recently get married, divorced, or legally change your name for any other reason while residing in Texas? If you did, you must take note of the following information so you can update your driver’s license to continue driving legally.
You cannot update your name on your driver’s license until you update it with the Social Security Administration. You can do this in person or through the mail, but it could take a few weeks to make this happen.
- Obtain form SS-5 from the SSA online or in person and fill it out
- Obtain a certified copy of your new name with documents such as a court order, divorce decree, or marriage certificate
- Provide a form of photo identification such as a driver’s license, passport, or state ID card
- Provide a birth certificate, certificate of citizenship, or a certificate of naturalization
Every one of these must be an original copy or a certified copy. Homemade copies are invalid and will be returned to you if you try to update your name with the SSA using one or the other. When your name is officially changed with the SSA, all of your information is mailed back to you. Now you can change your name elsewhere.
Unlike renewing your license or updating your address on your license in Texas, you cannot apply for a new driver’s license with a change of name online or by mail. You must show up to the DMV in person to obtain a new license. You must also show up with all the required documentation. This includes a certified copy of your legal name documents such as a marriage license or court order, your current license, and a form of payment in the amount of $11 to change your license. The DMV does confirm your legal name change with the SSA when you fill out the name change application they provide, so do not attempt to change your address until you have received confirmation from the SSA.
You will not receive a new ID card or license right away. It takes 45 days for the state to process your name change request. The DMV only provides you with a temporary ID to use at that time. Your new license will show up at some point in the mail within 45 days of your application. If you’ve moved following a marriage or divorce, you’ll want to update your address at the DMV while also updating your name or you risk not receiving your new license in the mail at all.
Other Name Changes
While you’re updating your name on your license, the DMV automatically updates it on documents such as your voter’s registration. You receive a new copy immediately, and you’re not required to do anything else to get it. As for your car registration and title, you’ll need to visit the tax assessor’s office to make that happen. You must change your name on your title, though you won’t receive a new one. Doing this automatically changes your name on your vehicle registration. You also will not receive a new registration with your new name on it until you renew the one you have.
If you’re new to the state and you have a new name, you’ll do what you already did and show up in person to change your name with the DMV and change your address at the same time. It’s a lengthy process, but the DMV does attempt to make it as easy as possible for you by streamlining the process to ensure you get as much done in their offices as possible. Do not, however, wait to make these updates and changes. Once your name is legally changed with the SSA, you must update it immediately elsewhere or you could find it impossible to make financial decisions and even legal decisions at some point without being able to prove your new name.