Name Change On A Washington Drivers License

Have you recently gotten married, divorced, or had to change your legal name? The state Department of Licensing (DOL) recommends that you change the name on your Washington driver's 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 DOL 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 DOL in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local DOL.

3: Via a DOL office

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




Changing Your Name on Your Washington Drivers License

Before you change your name on your license, you must change your name at the Social Security office or on their official website. Here is your customized Washington drivers license checklist and application to make the process painless.

Required Documents

  • 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 Social Security application. Take or mail your completed application and documents to your local Social Security office. All documents must be original.

At the DOL

When you go to the DOL office, bring your drivers license, vehicle registration and proof of Social Security number. You may also need the following:

  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of residence
  • Proof or marriage
  • Court order
  • Payment for $10 fee

Find out all the documents that are acceptable for changing a drivers license name in Washington here: http://www.dol.wa.gov/driverslicense/idproof.html.

Once applicants provide these necessary documents and pay the duplicate drivers license fee, they will be issued a new license with their name change. 

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