Change Name on an Indiana Driver’s License

As a drivers license holder of Indiana, the two most important agencies you need to contact to file an official name change request include the following:

  • The United States Social Security Administration
  • The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles

How to Change Your Name with the Social Security Administration

In order to update your new name with the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles, you must first inform the Social Security Administration of this modification. As is standard procedure in all states, the DMV will check your personal information with the SSA to make sure that it matches what you have on file with the drivers license agency. If it does not, you will be unable to proceed with your name changing application.

Thankfully, the steps to complete a name changing with the Social Security Administration is straightforward and hassle-free. You can make a name change request in person, at one your local SSA branches, or via mail. The general requirements include presenting a number of documents. You may be asked to show items, such as the following:

  • Proof of your identity, such as your current drivers license or United States passport
  • Proof of your citizenship or lawful status in the country, such as your United States passport or permanent resident card
  • Proof of your name change, such as a marriage certificate or divorce decree
  • A completed Application for a Social Security Card

If you find it more convenient to have these documents delivered by mail, simply send them to an office in your area. You can find the location nearest you on the Social Security Administration website, when you visit the Office Locator webpage.

Note: Allow at least one business day for your name change request to be processed before visiting a BMV branch.

How to Change Your Name With the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles

By Indiana law, you have up to 30 days to complete a name change on drivers licenses at a nearby Bureau of Motor Vehicles office. This change must be conducted in person, as no online or mail-in option is currently available in the state. To formalize your DMV name change, bring the following items to a branch near you:

  • One proof of your identity, such as your drivers license or United States passport
  • One proof of your legal status in the country, such as your United States passport or Certificate of Naturalization
  • One proof of your Social Security Number, such as your Social Security card or W-2 form
  • Two proofs of your Indiana residential address, such as a utility bill and bank statement

In addition to these, you must also show documentation that supports your petition for name change. Approved documents may include a marriage certificate, a marriage license, a divorce decree or a court order officialized by a judge.

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