If you have recently changed your legal name, there are several actions that you must take to make sure that all of your identifying documents reflect the change to your name. If you neglect to do what is required to have your name change show on your drivers license, you are breaking the law and will have to pay a fee and possibly suffer other consequences if you are caught.
Every state has different guidelines for exactly what must be done in terms of updating a name change on a drivers license. If you are a resident and licensed driver in the state of Maryland and recently had a name change, follow the instructions detailed below so that you can know that you have done exactly what you are required to do by the state.
First, you must update the Social Security Administration of the change to your name before you begin the process of updating your license. At the same time, though, you must have your license changed to reflect your new name within 30 days from the date that your name was officially changed. In other words, you do not have a ton of time to get done exactly what needs to be done. Procrastinating will leave you in jeopardy of breaking the law.
After you have updated the Social Security Administration, you must decide which office of the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration you will visit in order to obtain a new license with your new name. Understand that you cannot achieve this task online, by phone, or by mail. Any efforts to change the name on your license that does not include a visit to your local MVA office will just be a waste of time and energy on your part.
Before you drive to your local MVA office, you must make sure that you have all of the documentation that a staff member there will be asking you to provide. First, you need to bring your current drivers license with you. Next, make sure that you bring valid proof of your name change, such as a marriage certificate, divorce decree, or a legal court document that reflects your name change.
You will also need to bring with you proof of your age and identity, such as a birth certificate or United States passport. In addition, a staff member will ask for proof of your social security number. This type of proof can be in the form of a social security card or tax document that is less than 18 months old and clearly includes your social security number. Finally, you must present two documents that prove you are a legal resident of Maryland. Documents that the MVA will accept for this type of proof are a vehicle registration, a title for a vehicle, a utility bill, and a bank statement. In regards to all of the documents that you present at your local MVA office, they must all be either originals or certified copies.
If you are under the age of 18, you must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian in order to walk out with a drivers license that reflects the change to your name. After you have presented all of the required documents at your local MVA office and the update has been accepted, you will be issued a temporary document that serves as your proof that your drivers license has been changed to reflect your new name. Your permanent new license, with your new name printed on it, will be mailed to you. In the meantime, hold onto the temporary documentation.