Name Change On A Maryland Drivers License

Have you recently gotten married, divorced, or had to change your legal name? The state Registry of Motor Vehicles (MVA) recommends that you change the name on your Maryland driver's license as soon as possible. Select from the options below to get started.

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1: Get Started with Online Application Assistance

Application assistance services can simplify the process for many MVA related services for a fee, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. In addition to assistance in preparing official forms, the value added services and products you will receive include a comprehensive Easy Guide™ containing information relevant to your service needs; 30 days of both emergency Roadside Assistance and the Repair Assist consultation service from Road America. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and a quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips, trends, legislative updates and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.

2: By mail

Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the MVA in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local MVA.

3: Via a MVA office

If your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at your local MVA office. Varying MVA offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the MVA closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your MVA allows you to make a personal appointment.

Before you visit your local MVA office to process a change of name on a Maryland drivers license, you may need to go to a social security office to update your social security card. 

Implementing a Name Change on Your Maryland Drivers License

Step 1: Visit the Social Security Administration website. Here you can request your name change and get the required documents.

When changing your name with the SSA, you may need the following documents:

  • Marriage certificate
  • Divorce decree
  • Certificate of Naturalization showing a new name or court-ordered name change
  • U.S. citizenship (if you have not established your citizenship with us) or immigration status (including Department of Homeland Security permission to work in the United States.

To request a new Social Security Card, download, print and fill out this form.  

Once you have completed the above form, take it or mail it to a Social Security office. All documents must be originals. 

Once this information has been updated, usually taking only a few days, you can change the name on your drivers license in Maryland. 

Some of the requirements for changing your name at the MVA include:

  • Proofs of Identity
  • Social Security Card and birth certificate in Divorce Decree when it’s a common law change
  • If you are less than 18 years old, your parent or legal guardian must accompany to sign the application
  • Pay $20 if under 21

Get a complete list of documents and requirements to complete a change of name on a Maryland drivers license.

For more information:

Driver Services Division
6601 Ritchie Highway, NE
Glen Burnie, MD  21062

By Phone:

  • MVA Customer Service Center: 1-410-768-7000
  • TTY/Hearing Impaired: 1-301-729-4563 

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