Name Change On A North Carolina Drivers License

Have you recently gotten married, divorced, or had to change your legal name? The state Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) recommends that you change the name on your North Carolina 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 DMV related services for a fee, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. 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 DMV in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local DMV.

3: Via a DMV office

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

Changing Your Name on a North Carolina Drivers License

You must notify the DMV withing 60 days of a name change in the state of North Carolina. You can only do this by going through your local DMV office; there are no mail or online options.

Before Visiting the DMV to Make a Name Change

Complete the Social Security card application to change your name. 

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

Note: The name on your drivers license must match the name on your social security card.

Changing Your Name at the DMV

Once you have completed the name change process with the SSA, you may then proceed to your local DMV office.

  • Wait up to 48 hours before you go to your local DMV office to request a new license.
  • Have proof of the name change with you when you visit the local DMV office.

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