There are a variety of reasons you might legally change your name. If your name has recently changed, you’ll need to update your drivers license with the Virginia DMV. But before you can file your name change paperwork with the DMV, you’ll need to update your name with the Social Security Administration. This will allow you a new Social Security card reflecting your new name, although your Social Security number won’t change.
The state of Virginia allows you to change your name with the SSA in person at a local office or through the mail. You’ll need to provide the following documentation:
- Your complete Application for a Social Security Card
- Proof of your legal name change including but not limited to court orders, marriage certificates, and divorce decrees
- Proof of your personal identification such as your passport, driver’s license, or military identification card
- Proof of your United States citizenship in the form of a birth certificate, passport, or citizenship certification
All the submitted documents need to be originals. If you must send copies, they need to be officially certified. You can check the SSA’s website for a full list of acceptable documents. After your name change has been processed, the documents will be mailed back to you. You’ll also receive your updated Social Security card within 14 business days.
Changing Your Driver’s License Name
You must file your name change with the Virginia DMV in person. There is no option to file the change online or through the mail. To update your license information, bring the following documentation:
- Your complete Driver’s License Application
- Legal documents proving your name change
- Your current driver’s license or an alternate proof of identity such as a passport
If you have your driver’s license, you should bring it rather than an alternate identity proof. You will need to surrender this license when you’re issued your new one.
The DMV will update your records in their systems using the documentation. After the records are updated, you’ll have to apply for a new driver’s license that reflects your new name. You’ll follow the same procedure that you would use to replace a lost or stolen driver’s license.
Replacing Your Driver’s License
You’ll need to file the replacement request at the DMV office in person. Virginia does offer an online option for driver’s license replacements, but you are not eligible for online requests if you need to change the name on your license.
You will need to provide the following documentation:
- Your Driver’s License Application
- Two proofs of identification, at least one of which is a primary document (a passport, a birth certificate, a citizenship certificate, etc.)
- If you do not bring your U.S. birth certificate, proof of legal residence is required
- Payment to cover the applicable fees
You’ll need to take a new photo for your license. If you’re under the age of nineteen, you only need to provide a primary proof document; you do not need a second verifying document.
The replacement driver’s license will arrive in the mail. Double check that the DMV has your correct mailing address. When you order the license, you’ll be given a temporary license to use while driving. This license is good for 30 days. While it allows you to drive, it cannot be used as a form of personal identification.
The replacement license generally arrives within two weeks. Should the license take longer than two weeks, you can call your local DMV to check on the status.