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Name Change in Illinois

How to Change Your Name in Illinois:

  • To change your name on a driver's license:
    • Visit your local SOS office, provide proof of your name change, and pay the $5 duplicate license fee.
  • To change your name on your title/registration:
    • Visit the SOS/mail in a completed an Application for Vehicle Transaction (Form VSD 190).
    • Submit your original vehicle documents.
    • Provide proof of your name change.
    • Pay the $15 duplicate title fee and $3 registration card fee.
    • Please see below more for more details and to learn how to change your name with the Social Security Administration.

Change Your Name with the SSA

When you've legally changed your name, you need to report the change to the Social Security Administration (SSA) before changing your name with the Illinois DMV.

You may change your name with the SSA either in person or by mail. You cannot change your name online.

You will need:

  • A completed Application for a Social Security Card (Form SS-5).
  • Your certified legal name-change document, such as your:
    • Marriage certificate.
    • Divorce decree.
    • Court order.
  • Proof of your identity, such as your:
    • U.S. driver's license.
    • U.S. passport.
    • State-issued ID card.
  • Proof of your U.S. citizenship, such as your:
    • U.S. birth certificate.
    • Certificate of citizenship.
    • Certificate of naturalization.

All documents must be originals or certified copies. Visit the SSA website for a complete list of accepted documents.

You can mail or submit the above documents in person to your local SSA office. All mailed documents will be sent back to you after your name change has been processed.

Your Social Security number (SSN) will not change.

IL Driver License or ID Name Change

Within 10 days of changing your name, you must update your Illinois driver's license or ID card.

If you have an IL commercial driver's license (CDL), you have 10 days to change your name and get a corrected Illinois CDL.

Name changes must be reported in person. You cannot change your name online or by mail.

Visit an IL Secretary of State office and bring:

  • Your current IL driver's license or ID.
  • Your legal name change document(s), such as your:
    • Marriage certificate.
    • Divorce decree.
    • Court order.
  • Payment for applicable fees. (Please see the “Fees to Change Your Name in Illinois" section below.)

NOTE: You must also change your name on your IL vehicle title and registration. Please see the “IL Vehicle Registration & Title Name Change" section below.

IL Registration & Title Name Change

You can change your name on your vehicle title and registration in Illinois either by mail or in person at an Illinois DMV office. You will need:

  • A completed Application for Vehicle Transaction(s) form (VSD 190).
    • You can begin the application online, get the form in person, or have one sent to you by calling:
      • Illinois toll-free: (800) 252-8980.
      • Chicago: (312) 793-1010.
      • Springfield: (217) 782-6212.
    • Be sure to mark/selectCorrected Title" and include your:
      • Name change.
      • Odometer reading.
      • Signature.
  • Your original IL vehicle title (if you don't have your original title, you will need to pay a higher fee).
  • Your legal name change document(s), such as:
    • Marriage certificate.
    • Divorce decree.
    • Court order.
  • Payment for the applicable fee. (See the “Fees to Change Your Name in Illinois" section below.)

NOTE: If there is a lien on your vehicle title, your new certificate of title will be mailed to the lienholder.

Fees to Change Your Name in Illinois

Corrected Driver's License or ID Card

  • Driver's license: $5.
  • Identification card (18 years old or older): $10.
  • Identification card (under 18 years old): $5.

Corrected Vehicle Title and Registration

  • Title (if surrendering original IL title): $15.
  • Title (without original IL title): $95.
  • Registration card: $3.

IL Voter Registration Name Change

To change your name on your Illinois voter registration, you'll need to complete a new Voter Registration Application (Form SBE R-19) and either:

  • Take it to an IL SOS office, which will then forward your application.
    OR
  • Mail or take your application in person to an IL County Clerk or Board of Election Commissioners office.

You must register within 30 days of the next election to be eligible to vote.

For information about voting in Illinois, please see our Voter Registration in Illinois page.

Changing Your Address in Illinois

If you've recently moved, you'll need to report your address change to the IL Secretary of State Driver Services Department and the Vehicle Services Department.

For more information on how to change your address on your Illinois driver's license, ID, and vehicle registration, please see our Changing Your Address in Illinois page.

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