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How to Perform a Driver’s License Name Change in Pennsylvania

A drivers license name change requires you to change their names with the Social Security Administration (SSA). To change name on driving license, you must present proper documents displaying their old and new names. A DMV name change helps maintain updated driving records. A change of name on driving license must be made in person at a Driver License Center. Changing your name on driving license information involves completing appropriate forms. To learn how to change name on drivers license information, review the following sections. For more name change information, review the sections below.

How to Request an SSA Name Change in Pennsylvania

To make a name change on drivers license information, you must first correct your Social Security Card through the SSA. The service to change names is free, but you must bring all required documents and complete an Application for a Social Security Card (https://faq.ssa.gov/link/portal/34011/34019/article/3749/how-do-i-change-or-correct-my-name-on-my-social-security-number-card). Required documents include the following:

  • Proof of citizenship (i.e., a U.S. birth certificate or passport)
  • Proof of legal name change (i.e., a marriage document, divorce order, Certificate of Naturalization or court order)
  • Proof of identity (i.e., a U.S. driver’s license, state-issued ID card or U.S. passport)

The SSA may ask you to provide additional documents if the documents you send do not suffice. However, if you are not a U.S. citizen or have already established your citizenship with the SSA, then you may need to show different documents to substantiate a name change. You may also need to show documents that bear your previous name if you have changed names more than two years ago or cannot be identified in the SSA’s records for any other reason (https://www.ssa.gov/ssnumber/ss5doc.htm). Once you have obtained all the documents, you can take or mail them to the SSA to complete the name changing process. You should research local SSA agencies to find an office location near you.

How to Perform a Drivers License Name Change in Pennsylvania

The process of changing name on drivers license information involves visiting a Driver License Center. A name change on driver’s licenses must be completed in person, and you must present all required documents at the time of your name change request. Appropriate documents for a name change may include the items listed below:

  • State-issued birth certificate
  • Certified Copy of the Court Order verifying the name change
  • Marriage certificate
  • Social Security Card
  • Passport

Any other forms of photo IDs issued by government agencies may also be accepted for a driver’s license name change. However, you may only need to present documents pertaining to your legal name change or your original name, depending on the name change request. You will also need to complete an application corresponding to your request. For instance, you will need to complete the Commercial Driver’s License Application to Replace or Correct (DL-80CD form) for changing names on a CDL, and the Application for a Non-Commercial Driver’s License (DL-80 form) for a regular driver’s license name change (http://www.dmv.PAgov/Driver-Services/Driver-Licensing/Pages/Change-Your-Name-or-Address.aspx). You may also change your name on a Learner’s Permit using the Application for a Non-Commercial Learner’s Permit (DL-31 form). You must submit the appropriate application with all required documents to Driver License Center. Once the drivers license name change request is reviewed and approved, you will receive an updated driver’s license.

Reasons to Change Names on Driver’s Licenses in Pennsylvania

You should request a drivers license name change in PA following a marriage, divorce or any other name change made for personal reasons. You may also need to request a name change on your driver’s license if your name has been transcribed incorrectly. If you are unsure if you should change names on your driver’s license, you should contact the PA Department of Motor Vehicles.

When to Change Names on Driver’s Licenses in Pennsylvania

While there is not a specified law that states you must change your name on your driver’s license within a period, you should change your name as soon as possible to avoid confusion and to maintain accurate driving records.

Consequences for not Changing Names in Pennsylvania

If you fail to inform the SSA of a legal name change, then you may face penalties such as delays when filing taxes and incorrect wages and Social Security benefits (https://www.ssa.gov/ssnumber/ss5doc.htm). Although failing to perform a drivers license name change does not immediately accumulate fines or penalties, you must regularly renew your license and ensure that the information given displays your correct name http://www.insurance.PAgov/Licensees/MaintainYourLicense/Pages/default.aspx).

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