dmv

Department of Motor Vehicles
 

DC Agency Top Menu


Starting June 1, 2017, DC DMV began issuing a new driver license and identification card with the same look; however, the jurisdiction will be Washington, DC. All existing credentials are valid until the expiration date.

Starting June 6, 2017, the Inspection Station is operating on Spring/Summer hours.

-A +A
Bookmark and Share

Name Changes and Corrections

If your name has changed, or there is an error in information on your DC DMV documents, and you would like to change it, you must first change or correct your name with the Social Security Administration, which is available at the link below:

To change your name or make other corrections on your DC DMV REAL ID or Limited Purpose credential, bring the documents that relate to your name change or correction, described below, to a DC DMV service center. You must bring original documents. DC DMV cannot accept photocopies or scanned documents.

Information on DC DMV service centers is available at the link below:


NOTE: If you do not currently have a REAL ID or a Limited Purpose credential, you must update your name change in-person at a DC DMV Service Center. A REAL ID credential has a star in the upper right hand corner; a Limited Purpose credential is marked “Not for Official Purposes.” 
Information on both is available at the links below:

REAL ID Credential

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 (which includes adoption))

NOTE:  If you do not already have a REAL ID credential, then you will also have to bring additional original source documents to prove your identity, Social Security number, and District residency. Information on the documents you must provide is available at the links below:


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 or passport card
  • 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 District residency, as noted above. 

Limited Purpose Credential

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 (which includes adoption))

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
  • Unexpired United States Military Identification Card

For your convenience…
You can get birth, marriage, and divorce certificates from a company like VitalChek Express Certificate Services. VitalChek can be found at the link below: