Car Registration Name Change

The name changing process on your vehicle registration is fairly simple, however, there are certain steps that need to be completed beforehand.

For a  successful name change, take note to the following steps you will need to fulfill:

  • Change your name with the Social Security Administration
  • Change your name on your car registration

How to Change My Name with the Social Security Administration

Once you have filed a name change request at  the Indiana BMV, the branch will immediately contact the Social Security Administration office in order to confirm your information and to see if your records match. Hence, it is essential to modify your new name with the Social Security Administration before going to the BMV office. The SSA will typically only take into account name changing requests made in person, so oftentimes you will have to visit your local SSA office.  To effectively complete the process, you will be asked to present the following documents:

  • An Application for a Social Security Card
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship
  • Proof of name change
  • Proof of identity

Note: Your new Social Security Card will be mailed to you within 10 business days after your request has been processed. Your SSN (Social Security Number) however, will remain the same.

How to Change my Name on my Car Registration

When the name changing process is completed with  the SSA ,you can then proceed to file for a name change request on your car registration at the IN BMV.

The IN BMV offers you two ways to apply:

  • In person
  • Online

. In order to ensure the process runs smoothly, you should provide supporting name change documents, including the following:

  • Proof of identity (ID, passport, birth certificate
  • Your Social Security Number
  • Proof of lawful U.S. presence (U.S. birth certificate or passport, or foreign passport with I-94 print out)
  • Proof of name change (marriage license, divorce decree, court order)
  • Proof of Indiana residence (bank statement, insurance policy, IN voter registration card)

Bring the aforementioned documents to your nearby BMV office to complete name changing on your vehicle registration. If you prefer to make this update online, you can do so by visiting the BMV website. Once there, you will need to create an account, if you have not done so already, to get started.

The IN BMV charges a fee of $6.25 for issuing duplicate registration documents with updated personal information, which you must pay so that your name can be officially changed on all your BMV records.

Note:  You need to update your name in the BMV within 30 business days of the change.

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