Change of Name on Virginia Car Registration

Have you recently gotten married, divorced, or had to change your legal name? The Virginia DMV recommends that you change the name on your IL car registration as soon as possible. Select from the options below to get started.

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1: Get Started with Online Application Assistance

Application assistance services can simplify the process for many DMV related services for a fee, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and a quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips, trends, legislative updates and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.

2: By mail

Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the DMV in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local DMV.

3: Via a DMV office

If your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at your local DMV office. Varying DMV offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the DMV closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your DMV allows you to make a personal appointment.

Name Change On Virginia Car Registration

In order to change your name on your DMV record(s) and document(s), you must visit a DMV customer service center and bring with you:

  • A completed driver's license application, whereby you also request a name change.
  • Proof of the name change in the form of a marriage certificate, divorce decree or original court order with name change
  • Your current driver's license

If you currently hold a valid Virginia driver's license or ID card, you will also have to obtain a duplicate with the new name change. For more information, simply visit the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles website: