Name Change On An Michigan Drivers License

Have you recently gotten married, divorced, or had to change your legal name? The state SOS recommends that you change the name on your Michigan drivers license as soon as possible. Select from the options below to get started.

1: Get Started with Online Application Assistance

Application assistance services can simplify the process for many SOS related services for a fee, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. In addition to assistance in preparing official forms, the value added services and products you will receive include a comprehensive Easy Guide™ containing information relevant to your service needs; 30 days of both emergency Roadside Assistance and the Repair Assist consultation service from Road America. 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 SOS in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local SOS.

3: Via a SOS office

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




Changing Your Name on Your Michigan Drivers License

Before you can change your name on your Michigan drivers license you must visit your local Social Security office. You can begin the name change process by visiting the Social Security Administration website. Here you can request your name change and get the required SSA documents.

Required Documents

You may need:

  • 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 following:
http://www.socialsecurity.gov/online/ss-5.pdf
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.

For More Information:
Social Security Administration
Office of Public Inquiries
Windsor Park Building
6401 Security Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21235

Changing Your Name at the Secretary of State Office in Michigan

Once this change is made you can go to your local secretary of state office in Michigan to change your name on your drivers license.

  • Make sure you have your valid state ID card or drivers license.
  • You need proof of your name change such as the legal name change document, divorce decree or certified marriage license.

You will have a new photograph taken, and you may renew your license if it is set to expire within a couple of months.

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