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Name Changes and Corrections

Effective May 1, 2014, the District of Columbia will begin issuing a REAL ID Driver License and a Limited Purpose Driver License.

The REAL ID driver license requires a one-time revalidation of source documents when obtaining, renewing or requesting a duplicate (which includes a name change or correction) DC driver license. This validation will enable the DC Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to ensure your identity and issue a federally compliant REAL ID driver license. The new requirements will affect what you will need to bring to the DC DMV office when obtaining, renewing or requesting a duplicate driver (which includes a name change or correction) license. First time DC applicants and existing DC driver license holders should expect to provide source documents as proof of identity (full legal name and date of birth), social security number, lawful presence in the United States, and current residence in the District of Columbia.  The REAL ID credential has a star in the upper right hand corner.  For more information about REAL ID, please review our FAQs.

If your name has changed, or there is an error in information on your DMV documents, and you would like to change it, you must first change or correct your name with the Social Security Administration. (Note:  If you have a Limited Purpose Credential, it is not necessary to change or correct your name with SSA.) Then bring the following documents that relate to your name change or correction.

Name Change (Marriage, Divorce or Legal Court Order) for REAL ID Credential

Bring your current REAL ID driver license, learner permit or non-driver identification card and social security card or Social Security Administration printout (reflecting your name change) along with one of the following original documents:

  • Certified Marriage Certificate (name change due to marriage)
  • Divorce Decree (name change due to divorce)
  • Official US Court Change of Name document (name change due to legal court order)

Note:  If you do not already have a REAL ID credential, then you will also have to bring additional documents to proof your identity and proof of DC residency.  Click here to review the necessary requirements for document validation.

 

Name Correction for REAL ID Credential

Bring your current REAL ID driver license, learner permit or non-driver identification card and social security card or Social Security Administration printout (reflecting the correct spelling of your name) along with one of the following original documents:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Unexpired Passport
  • Certificate of Naturalization
  • Certificate of Citizenship
  • Employment Authorization Card
  • Permanent Resident Card

Note:  If you do not already have a REAL ID credential, then you will also have to bring additional documents to proof your identity and proof of DC residency.  Click here to review the necessary requirements for document validation.

 

Name Change (Marriage, Divorce or Legal Court Order) for Limited Purpose Credential

Bring your current Limited Purpose driver license, learner permit or non-driver identification card along with one of the following original documents:

  • Certified Marriage Certificate (name change due to marriage)
  • Divorce Decree (name change due to divorce)
  • Official US Court Change of Name document (name change due to legal court order)

 

Name Correction for Limited Purpose Credential

Bring your current Limited Purpose driver license, learner permit or non-driver identification card along with one of the following original documents:

  • Certified Birth Certificate
  • Unexpired Passport
  • Consular Card (Mexico, Guatemala, or Ecuador)
  • Unexpired United States Military Identification Card

To complete these transactions, please visit a DC DMV Service Center

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