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    Summary: How to Change Your Name in Rhode Island

    To change your name on your Rhode Island driver’s license/ID card, car title, and registration, you’ll need to visit your local DMV office in person. You will need to submit proof of your name change, payment for replacement documents, and other required documents to prove your identity. Make sure to first change your name with the Social Security Administration so as to make it easier for the DMV to verify your new name.

    This page has all the information you need to change your name with the Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

    Change Your Name with the SSA

    Before you change your name on your RI DMV documents, you will need to update your name with the Social Security Administration (SSA). If you do not complete this step first, the DMV will not accept your name change application.

    To change your name on your Social Security card, you will need:

    • An Application for a Social Security Card (Form SS-5).
    • Proof of your:
      • Identity (e.g. ID card, driver’s license, passport).
      • Lawful U.S. presence (e.g. U.S. birth certificate, U.S. passport, work permit and I-94).
      • Name change (e.g. marriage certificate, court order, divorce decree).

    NOTE: Complete instructions and a list of all required materials can be found on the SSA website.

    The SSA will process your request and then mail you your updated Social Security card within about 10 business days.

    RI Driver’s/ID Card Name Change

    Once you’ve changed your name with the SSA (see above), you’re ready to update your Rhode Island driver’s license or ID card.

    Visit your local RI DMV office and:

    • Provide your current Rhode Island driver’s license or ID card.
    • Submit a completed Application for License, Identification Card and Permits (Form LI-1).
      • Must be notarized.
    • Show proof of your name change, such as your:
      • Updated Social Security card.
      • Marriage certificate.
      • Court papers.
    • Pay the appropriate fee.

    NOTE: A complete list of required documents can be found on the application form.

    Car Registration & Title Name Change

    To change your name on your car registration and certificate of title, you will need to visit your local Rhode Island DMV office in person.

    NOTE: You must have already changed your name on your RI driver’s license.

    You will need:

    Fees to Change Your Name in RI

    When you change your name in Rhode Island, you will need to pay the following fees:

    • Driver’s license: $6.50.
    • ID card:
      • Younger than 59 years old: $6.50.
      • 59 years old or older is free.
    • Registration: $6.50.
    • Certificate of title: $51.50.

    Accepted Payment Methods

    Rhode Island DMV offices accept payment by:

    • Cash.
    • Money order.
    • Personal and bank check.
      • Payable to “Division of Motor Vehicles.”
    • MasterCard, Discover, VISA, and American Express credit/debit cards.
      • Will incur an additional $1.50 fee per transaction.

    Change Your Rhode Island Address

    If you’ve changed your address in Rhode Island, you must inform the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) within 10 days of your move. You can do this either online, by mail, or in person.

    For complete instructions on changing your address on your driver’s license/ID card and vehicle documents, see our Changing Your Address in Rhode Island page.

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