Name Change On A New Jersey Drivers License

Have you recently gotten married, divorced, or had to change your legal name? The state DMV recommends that you change the name on your New Jersey drivers 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.

To process a change of name on your New Jersey drivers license, you must complete the following:

  • Visit your local New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission office within two weeks of changing your name.
  • Submit documents verifying your change of name, which can include a marriage certificate, divorce decree, adoption or naturalization papers, or other court order, along with your current, valid driver's license.
  • Submit identification pertaining to the state’s six-point ID verification system. If you plan to use your Social Security card as a form of identification, make sure you have registered your change of name with the Social Security Administration beforehand.
  • Pay the $11 replacement fee

Documents Required 

In order to ensure that the process of changing the name on your license goes smoothly, it is essential that you submit all the required paperwork. The following documents are all acceptable: 

There are other documents that will need to be submitted for proof of your name change.  Examples of these other documents are:

  • Documents to help clear the six-point ID verification stage
  • Your SSN (Social Security Number). Remember to update the name pertaining to your social security number beforehand.
  • A valid current drivers license.

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