Name Change On A Massachusetts Drivers License

Have you recently gotten married, divorced, or had to change your legal name? The state Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) recommends that you change the name on your Massachusetts 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

2: By mail

Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the RMV in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local RMV.

3: Via a RMV office

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

Changing Your Name on Your Massachusetts Drivers License

You will need to change your name at the Social Security office before this will reflect on your license. Here are the steps you need to take:

  • Visit the Social Secturity Administration website to request your name change and get the required documents. 
  • Gather Documents
    • Marriage document
    • Divorce decree
    • Certificate of naturalization showing a new name or court-ordered name change
    • U.S. citizenship (if you have not established your citizenship with us) or immigration status (including Department of Homeland Security permission to work in the United States.
  • Download, print and fill out the SSA application
  • Take or mail your completed application and documents to your local Social Security office. All documents must be original and not copies of any kind.

At the RMV 

Make sure to have your Massachusetts drivers license, vehicle registration and Social Security number with you when visiting the RMV office.

Find forms and more requirements for your name change on your Massachusetts drivers license.

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