Name Change in LouisianaPage Overview
If you change your legal name, you will need to update your Louisiana driver's license, title, and vehicle registration. You can complete this process by visiting your nearest Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV).
The name on your birth certificate is generally the name the OMV will use for your driver's license or ID card. However, you can obtain a new one by visiting an OMV office in person under the following circumstances:
- If you've had your name legally changed by a court order, present a certified copy of the court order to the OMV. This can include a divorce decree.
- If you've recently changed your name because of a marriage, present a certified copy of the state-approved marriage license to the OMV.
A certified birth certificate reflecting the name change is adequate proof of identity, but you can also update your Social Security card and present that to the OMV. Visit Social Security Online for information about updating your card.
If you are a new Louisiana resident applying for your first license in the state, the OMV will automatically use the name on your out-of-state license unless you provide documentation supporting an alternative name choice.
When you change your name between license renewal periods, the OMV considers this a request for a duplicate license. The fee to receive a new license is $13 and you may pay a maximum $4 local fee depending on the OMV office you visit. You may also pay transaction fees if you use a credit or debit card or an E-check.The duplicate license is valid for the remainder of your original license term. If you change your name when you renew your license, only the usual license renewal fees will apply. You must renew in person if you are also changing the name on your license.
If you need to update your address as well as the name on your driver's license, you can request this change when you apply for a duplicate license. However, Louisiana law states that you should process driver's license address changes within 10 days of moving.
Louisiana law requires all motor vehicles to be correctly titled and registered. If you change your legal name, you should update your title and registration information at your local OMV.
Before you can update your vehicle registration information, you must obtain a new title showing the name change. If you obtained financing for your vehicle, contact the lienholder directly to initiate the name-change process. Otherwise, you should bring documentation of your name change to your nearest OMV office to complete a new title application. The fee for a new vehicle title is $18.50 and additional fees may apply.
Once you have a vehicle title showing your new name, you may request a duplicate vehicle registration that shows the correct information. You'll need to provide the OMV with the vehicle identification number (VIN), license plate number, vehicle make and model, and proof of insurance. The fee for a duplicate registration is
$4. Additional fees may apply.
If you opt not to update your title and registration information after changing your name, you will need to show proof of your name change before you are allowed to legally sell your vehicle.