Driver Licenses & IDs
An individual whose name changes from the name stated on a driver license or ID must notify the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles within 60 days after the change occurs and obtain a duplicate card with the new name.
NCDMV will confirm the name change with the Social Security Online Verification System, so an individual changing their name must visit their local Social Security Administration Office at least 24-36 hours before changing their name with NCDMV.
Name changes must be completed at
an NCDMV driver license office with:
- A certified marriage certificate issued by a government agency
- Documented proof from the courts or the Register of Deeds establishing that the name change was officially accomplished
- Execution of a notarized DL-101 (obtained from an DMV office)
All documentation must be provided by the appropriate government agency of the United States, Puerto Rico, U.S. territories or Canada.
To change the name on a vehicle registration and title, complete a
Corrected or Substitute Title Application (MVR-5)
. Please note the reverse side of the form regarding additional information.
Then, submit the form along with the fee to a local license plate agency or mail to:
N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles
Renewal, Title & Plate Unit
3148 Mail Service Center
Raleigh NC 27697
If available, please submit the title to the vehicle as well.
If the title is being held by a lien holder, NCDMV will contact the lien holder for the original title so that it can be canceled, and a new title and registration will be issued.
An individual with a North Carolina driver license who
moves within North Carolina must notify NCDMV in person or online within 60 days of the address change and obtain a duplicate license and duplicate vehicle registration card.
Individuals moving to North Carolina or moving outside North Carolina can
find out more information here.