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    Pennsylvania Name Change Package - $29.95

    Miss Now Mrs's Name Change Packages automates the completion of the required forms to change your name in Pennsylvania. Simply complete a quick questionnaire, print out the forms and file them. It couldn't be easier.

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    Name Change Package
    Includes Forms for:

    • Drivers License
    • Vehicle Title
    • Registration
    • IRS
    • Voter Registration
    • US Passport
    • Bank Notification
    • Credit Card Notification
    • Insurance Notification

    Changing Your Name in Pennsylvania

    The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) requires you to notify them when you change your name. You will need to change your name on your PA driver’s license, vehicle title, and registration.

    You may be required to submit additional documents, such as a court order or Social Security card to prove your name change.

    PA Driver’s License Name Change

    You can change your name on your PA driver’s license either by mail or in person. You cannot submit a name change online.

    If you are changing your name on a commercial driver’s license (CDL) see the “CDL Name Change in Pennsylvania” section below.

    You will need:

    • A completed Non-commercial Driver’s License/Identification Card/Learner’s Permit Application to Renew/Replace/Change/Correct (DL-31).
      • To receive a free Update Card to carry with your driver’s license, select “Update Card” in Section B of the form.
      • To receive a replacement Pennsylvania driver’s license, select “License/ID Card” in Section B of the form.
    • Any required supporting documents (court order, marriage certificate, divorce decree, etc.).
      • If your name change is to a common law name that is not your birth name, a spouse’s name, or a court-ordered name, you’ll need:
        • Your Social Security card showing your new name.
        • Two additional documents showing your new name, such as:
          • A voter registration card.
          • Tax records.
          • A passport.
          • A government photo ID.
    • Payment, if applicable. See the “Fees to Change Your Name in Pennsylvania” section below.

    Submit the above:

    • By mail to the address specified on the application form.
    • In person at a PA driver license center or a private service provider (on-line messenger service).

    NOTE: On-line messenger services are third-party businesses with locations offering PA DMV services. They charge a range of fees in addition to PA DMV fees. Contact your local service center for exact fees.

    CDL Name Change in Pennsylvania

    You must replace your commercial driver’s license (CDL) if you change your name.

    Submit your application form and all other required documents (see the “PA Driver’s License Name Change” section above):

    • By mail to the address specified on the application form.
    • In person at a PA driver license center or a private service provider (on-line messenger service).

    NOTE: On-line messenger services are third-party businesses with locations offering PA DMV services. They charge a range of fees in addition to PA DMV fees. Contact your local service center for exact fees.

    Vehicle Title & Registration Name Change

    You can change your name on your Pennsylvania title and/or registration by mail or in person. You cannot change your name online.

    You will need to complete the Application for Correction or Change of Name (MV-41A) and submit it to PennDOT by:

    • Mailing it to the address on the form.
    • Taking it to a PA driver license center or a private service provider (on-line messenger service).

    Depending on why your name changed, you will need to provide additional documents (see below).

    NOTE: On-line messenger services are third-party businesses with locations offering PA DMV services that charge a range of fees in addition to the PA DMV's fees. Contact your local service center for exact fees.

    Marriage or Divorce Name Change

    New Registration Card Only

    If you are changing your name due to a marriage or divorce, you will need to complete Side A of the Application for Correction or Change of Name (MV-41A) for a new registration card but not a corrected vehicle title.

    New Registration Card and Vehicle Title

    If you want both a new Pennsylvania registration and corrected vehicle title, you will need:

    Separation, Court Order, or Common Law Name Change

    If you are changing your name due to separation, court order, or common law, you will need:

    • To complete Side B of the Application for Correction or Change of Name (Form MV-41A).
    • A copy of the notice to resume your previous surname, if you are separating from your spouse.
      • Be sure it includes the caption and docket number of the divorce proceeding and a date stamp from the court.
    • A certified copy of your court order, if you changed your name due to a court order.
    • Your Social Security card showing your new name and additional documents (if you are using a common law name), such as your:
      • Voter registration card.
      • Tax records.
      • Passport.
        • The full list of accepted documents can be found on the form.
    • Your original certificate of title. If you do not have your original title, you will also need to complete either the:
    • Payment for the duplicate title fee, if applicable. See the “Fees to Change Your Name in Pennsylvania” section below.

    You will receive both a new registration card AND a corrected certificate of title.

    Fees to Change Your Name in Pennsylvania

    It will cost you the following fees to change your name on your PennDOT documents:

    • Replacement driver’s license: $27.50.
    • Commercial driver’s license (CDL): $27.50.
    • Registration card: Free.
    • Vehicle title: $50.

    NOTE: Online messenger services are third-party businesses with locations offering DMV services. They charge a range of fees in addition to DMV fees. Contact your local service center for exact fees.

    Accepted Payment Methods

    For transactions by mail or at a PennDOT Driver License Center, payment must be made by check or money order made payable to “PennDOT.”

    For transactions at a private service provider location (on-line messenger service), accepted payment methods vary by location. Contact the service location for accepted forms of payment.

    Gender Change on PennDOT Documents

    To change your gender on your driver’s license, you will need to visit a PennDOT driver’s license center in person. You will need to complete a Request for Gender Change on Driver’s License/Identification Card (Form DL-32). This form must also be completed by your physician, therapist, or social worker.

    If your PA driver’s license expires within 6 months, you must renew it at the same time as you change your gender.

    For more information, visit our Renewing Your License in Pennsylvania or Renewing Your CDL in Pennsylvania page.

    Changing Your Address in Pennsylvania

    If you need to change your address, see the Changing Your Address in Pennsylvania page for information about changing your address on your driver’s license, ID card, vehicle title, and vehicle registration.

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