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How to Perform a Driver License Name Change in Massachusetts

To get a drivers license name change in Massachusetts, drivers must notify both the Social Security Administration and the Registry of Motor Vehicles. Motorists often need to change name on driving license papers for events such as marriage. Changing name on drivers license ID can prevent legal confusion and ensure all records are up-to-date. If drivers need a Massachusetts DMV name change on their title or registration, then they must complete a separate process after driving license information is updated. Changing names on drivers license documents is a two-step process, which is found here.

Before You Can Get a DMV Name Change in Massachusetts

Before getting a DMV name change in Massachusetts, drivers must first notify the Social Security Administration about their new name. They may not change a name on driving license ID online and if they need to change their name, then they may do so in person at their local RMV office. To get a name change on drivers license credentials, registrants will need to submit a completed Application for a Social Security Card to the Social Security Administration first. Applicants must also bring documents that prove their name has been changed legally, such as a marriage certificate, court order or divorce decree.

To get a drivers license name change, you will also need to prove your identity and citizenship to the SSA. When changing your name on driving license documents, you will need to submit paperwork such as a U.S. passport, U.S. drivers license or state-issued ID. To prove your citizenship, you may submit a birth certificate or certificate of naturalization or citizenship. Your Massachusetts driver’s license name change will only be granted if the documents you use are original or certified copies from government agencies. Take your documents or mail them to a Social Security Administration office in your area. Once you receive your new card, you can use it to change the name on your driving license or identification card.

How to Change Name on Drivers License in Massachusetts

You may change names on a driving license in Massachusetts once you receive your new Social Security card from the government. If you plan on changing your name on driving license credentials, the RMV recommends you do so as soon as your name change documents are processed by the SSA. You must file for a driving license change of name in MA in person at a local RMV office. To do this, you must take the following steps:

  • Complete Form T21042 (Class D, M, or D/M License and ID Card Application).
  • Provide a signature and have your photograph taken.
  • Pay the corrected license or ID fee.

After your drivers license name change, any official information on file with the RMV will change. You will not receive a new registration or title at the time of your name change, as you will need to undergo a separate process for this.

Consequences of Not Changing Name on Drivers License in Massachusetts

If you do not change your name on a driving license in Massachusetts after a legal name change, then you will not be able to use your license as a form of identification. If there has not been a change of name on driving license credentials and you are stopped by law enforcement, then there can also be confusion. You are also required to change your name on driving license documents if you legally change your name because it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle without a valid license that does not reflect your legal name.

Changing name on drivers license credentials also prevents problems with identity theft. If you give one name and provide a form of identification that bears another, then others may assume you are attempting to use the identification of another person. By changing your name on a Massachusetts driving license in a timely manner, you can prevent all problems and ensure your RMV records are filed under your new legal name.

Getting a Massachusetts DMV Name Change on Your Title and Registration

After your drivers license name change in Massachusetts, you will more than likely want to change the name on your vehicle title. To get a DMV name change on your title, you will need to submit your original vehicle title, along with the applicable correction fee and form to a local RMV office in person. A Massachusetts DMV name change on a vehicle title will also be granted to drivers who mail their documents and payment to the Registry of Motor Vehicles in Boston. You may also apply for a new registration on the official RMV website.

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