Indiana drivers who have recently changed their name due to marriage or divorce are required to inform the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles and modify their records, thus ensuring themselves that they will not face penalties, tickets and late fees if they are ever pulled over by a law enforcement officer.
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:
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:
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.
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 order to ensure the process runs smoothly, you should provide supporting name change documents, including the following:
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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