Change Name on Car Title

However, it is important to note that to complete a car title name change in Indiana, you will first be required to update your name with the Social Security Administration (SSA).

Name changing on your car title consists of various steps that may include any of the following:

  • Updating your name with the Social Security Administration
  • Updating your name on your car title
  • Adding a name to your car title
  • Removing a name on your car title

How to Change Your Name with the Social Security Administration

If you legally change your name in Indiana, you will need to inform the SSA so that you can get a corrected card. Failure to do so will not allow you to continue with changing your name on your Indiana car title.

To change your name with the SSA, you will be required to:

  • Provide a document that proves your legal name change (Marriage certificate, divorce decree, court order, etc.).
  • Provide an identity document that states your old name (if the SSA can’t identify you in their records).
  • Provide proof of U.S. citizenship.
  • Provide current immigration documents (if you are not a U.S. citizen).
  • Fill out and print an Application for a Social Security Card.
  • Take or mail your application and documents to your local Social Security office.

How to Change Name on Car Titles with the Indiana BMV

In the state of Indiana, the process for changing name on car titles envisages paying a visit to an IN BMV office in person. If you are applying for a car title name change, you should know that that you will also need to change your vehicle’s registration to reflect the new title.

Similar to the SSA, the Indiana BMV will require you to provide a proof of name change document (marriage certificate, divorce decree, court order) before it processes your request for updating the new name on your car title and vehicle registration.

Additionally, you may be required to provide proof of identity, such as your driving license or ID, a birth certificate or a U.S. passport.

Add Name on Car Title in Indiana

Another important process to learn about is how to add a new name to your car title document in order to show joint ownership. This process requires you to complete the following steps:

  1. Obtain an Application for Certificate of Title.
  2. Provide your information as well as that of the other owner on the purchaser’s section of the title.
  3. You and the other party must sign the application.
    • Power of attorney can be used to sign for the other party as long as a Power of Attorney form is provided.
  4. Submit the form to a local licensing office.

Remove Name on a Car Title in Indiana

In order to remove a name from a vehicle title document, the process is just as simple as adding it. All you need to do is have the person removing their name to provide their information in the seller’s section of the car title and the person who is maintaining ownership to fill out the buyer’s section. Once that is done, the last step is to take the title to a local licensing office so that the owner can re-apply for sole title of the vehicle.

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