Name Change in Rhode Island
There are plenty of reasons why you'd have to change your name: marriage, divorce, legal name change, adoption, etc. If you need to change the name on your driver's license or ID card, you'll have to change it with the Social Security Administration (SSA) first.
The DMV has to see the name change in the Social Security system before processing the transaction. Visit Social Security Online for more information about that process. You will need to wait for the SSA to process your request before you can change your name with the DMV.
After you've done this, visit your local DMV office with:
- Your current RI driver's license or ID card.
- Your Social Security card or notice from the SSA with your new name.
- A completed Application for License, Identification Car and Permits (Form LI-1).
- Bring proof of your name change. The most common documents are marriage certificates, divorce decrees, or court-ordered papers.
- Pay the
The DMV allows you to show other forms of identification besides your driver's license and proof of name change. Instead, you can present an affidavit of name change, which is available at any DMV office. Have the affidavit notarized and present it with two documents as proof of name change (new Social Security card, valid voter registration card, U.S. passport, etc).
To change your name on your vehicle registration and title, you will first need to change your name on your Rhode Island driver's license. Once you've done this, take the following to the RI DMV:
- A completed Application for Registration and Title Certificate (Form TR-1).
- Your insurance information.
- Your RI driver's license (showing your new name).
- Your current vehicle title, if your vehicle is year 2001 or newer.
- Payment for the fee.