Name Change On A Ohio Drivers License

Have you recently gotten married, divorced, or had to change your legal name? The state Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) recommends that you change the name on your Ohio driver's license 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.

Changing Your Name on Your Ohio Drivers License

When applicants go to apply for a name change on their Ohio drivers license, they need to provide proof of the name change. You will need to provide the following to the BMV office:

For a complete checklist of the required documentation, click here.

Once applicants provide these necessary documents and pay the duplicate drivers license fee, they can be issued a new license with the name change. 

Getting a name change on your Ohio drivers license cannot be completed over the phone, online or by mail. Drivers must go to a BMV office in person to purchase a duplicate Ohio drivers license with their new and proper name on it. Drivers need only gather up a few documents along with the correct fee and head to the local BMV office. 

Once applicants provide these necessary documents and pay the duplicate drivers license fee, they will be issued a new license with their name change. 

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