Name Change On A Texas Drivers License

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

Application assistance services can simplify the process for many DMV related services for a fee, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and a quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips, trends, legislative updates and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.

2: By mail

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

3: Via a DMV office

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

If you're trying to change your name on your Texas driver license, the first thing you should do is generate and download your driver license form and checklist. These documents can help save you time in the event that you need to visit the DMV office in person. A Texas drivers license change of name cannot be processed online.

The Texas drivers license name change form can be found at any Texas drivers license office.

Steps to Changing Your Name on Your Texas Drivers License

When visiting your local DMV in person, you will need the following:

  • Application, or the name change form linked above
  • Cash or credit to pay the $11 fee
  • Proof of name change

Examples of proofs include:

Marriage certificate verification letters and divorce certificate verification letters are not the same as the original marriage license or divorce decree. If the verification letters are the only document available to the driver, they will have to call the Texas driver license office to see if they will be accepted. The original court ordered documents are usually the only forms accepted.

For a complete checklist of the required documentation Click Here

Miscellaneous Information To Change A Name On A Texas Drivers License

A driver who is requesting a name change on their Texas drivers license must have all the required documents.  If the name change is not due to marriage, divorce or death of a spouse, then other documents are needed. Those documents are as follows:

If the marriage license or divorce decree is foreign, a certified English translation must accompany the individual who is requesting the Texas drivers license change of name.

Same sex marriage licenses are not accepted as proof to process a name change in the state of Texas.

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