Name Change On A Maryland Drivers License

Have you recently gotten married, divorced, or had to change your legal name? The state MVA recommends that you change the name on your Maryland drivers license as soon as possible. Select from the options below to get started.

1: Online application and checklist download

Online application assistance can simplify and streamline the process for many MVA-related services, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. In addition to the free forms and general instructions available from the MVA, you will receive a comprehensive Easy Guide" specific to your needs, fast answers to tough questions and prompt service from a friendly staff. You will also receive 30 days of emergency roadside assistance at no additional cost. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.

2: by mail, if eligible (see instructions below)

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 local MVA office

If your prefer to access MVA services in person or your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at a physical MVA office location. 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 local MVA allows you to make a personal appointment.

Read more below to see if an in-person visit is really necessary.


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

To implement 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.

Gather the documents you may need:

  • Marriage document
  • 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.

Download, Print and fill out the following:

Take or mail your completed application and documents to your local Social Security office - all documents must be originals.

Once your Social Security number is changed you can visit your local MVA to change your name on your Maryland drivers license. 

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 $20.00 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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