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Name Change in Connecticut

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Summary: How to Change Your Name in Connecticut

To change your name on your CT driver’s license/ID card, vehicle registration, and certificate of title, you'll need to visit the DMV in person. You'll need to pay fees for corrected documents and provide proof of your name change.

Before you can change your name with the CT Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), you'll need to first update your information with the Social Security Administration (SSA). Read below for more information.

Change Your Name with the SSA

When you change you name—whether it's because you got married, divorced, or just wanted a change—you'll need to inform the Social Security Administration (SSA) of your name change. You must do this before you try to change your name on your CT driver's license and car registration.

To obtain an updated Social Security card, you will need to submit the following to the SSA either by mail or in person:

The SSA will send you an updated card showing your new name. Your Social Security number (SSN) will not change.

For more information and a complete list of required documents, visit the SSA website.

CT Driver's License/ID Card Name Change

Once you've changed your name with the SSA, you're ready to change your name on your Connecticut driver's license or ID card.

NOTE: Wait at least 48 hours after changing your name with the SSA to allow time for processing.

Visit your local CT DMV or AAA office in person with:

  • A completed Change of Name or Name Correction Request (Form E-78).
  • Your current CT driver's license or ID card.
  • Certified documents proving your name change, such as your:
    • Marriage certificate.
    • Court order.
    • Divorce decree.
    NOTE: The DMV does not accept photocopies and religious marriage certificates.
  • Payment for the $30 fee.

Vehicle Registration & Title Name Change

When you change your name, you'll only need to update your vehicle registration. You do not need to update your certificate of title as ownership is not changing.

You'll need to bring the following in person to your local CT DMV office:

NOTE: You cannot change your name on your car registration at a AAA office.

Fees to Change Your Name in Connecticut

To change your name on your Connecticut driver's license or identification card, it will cost you $30.

If you need a duplicate copy of your registration in order to change your name, you will need to pay a $20 fee.

If you visit a AAA office to change your name on your CT driver's license/ID card, you may be charged an additional $5 convenience fee.

Accepted Payment Options

To change your name, CT DMV offices accept payment by:

  • Cash.
  • Money order.
  • Personal or bank check (payable to “DMV").
  • MasterCard, VISA, and Discover credit card.
  • Most MasterCard and VISA debit cards.

If you change your name on your Connecticut driver's license/ID card at a AAA office, payment can be made by:

  • Cash.
  • Money order.
  • Personal or bank check (payable to “AAA").

Change Your CT Address

If you change your address in Connecticut, you'll need to update your driver's license and car registration records with the DMV. For more information, visit our Change of Address in Connecticut page.

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Forms

Application for Registration and Certificate of Title - H-13B

The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles' application for vehicle title and registration.

Application for a Social Security Card - SS-5

Application for an original, corrected, OR replacement Social Security card.

Change of Name or Name Correction Request - E-78

Notify the DMV that you need to change OR correct your name on your Connecticut driver's license or ID card.

Registration Affidavit - B-301

You must complete this affidavit when requesting replacement license plates from the Department of Motor Vehicles.

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