Name Change On An Connecticut Drivers License

Have you recently gotten married, divorced, or had to change your legal name? The state DMV recommends that you change the name on your Connecticut drivers 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. In addition to assistance in preparing official forms, the value added services and products you will receive include a comprehensive Easy Guide™ containing information relevant to your service needs; 30 days of both emergency Roadside Assistance and the Repair Assist consultation service from Road America. 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.

Process for Getting A Name Change On a Connecticut Drivers License:

  • Go to the Social Security Administration office and get a name change before visiting the DMV administrative center - this process can take up to 48 hours.
  • If this is not completed first, you will not be able to change your name on your drivers license.

Once you name change is completed with the SSA you will then need to:

  • Fill in the change of name form (E-78), either online or manually at the DMV office.
  • After processing of this form, you will be issued a new Connecticut drivers license.
  • The authorities charge the applicant a fee of $30

Connecticut DMV Requirements: 
The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles requires certain documentation (i.e. a proof of driver's identity or reason to change name) to be submitted with the change of name form. Examples of these requirements include:

  • Existing drivers license or the non-driver ID card
  • CT vehicle registration
  • Certified documents that show the change of name. The documents need to be original as photocopies of certified documents are not acceptable.
  • However, if the license has been misplaced or stolen the applicant will be asked to bring in all these documents along with the documents required by the Connecticut department of motor vehicles for the replacement of a lost, stolen or a damaged driving license.

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

Proof Of Name Change Documents: 

A name change on a Connecticut drivers license will also require drivers to perform a name change on their car registration and car title. You can find more information on rules and regulations for performing a change of name on Connecticut drivers license on the official Connecticut Change of Name Drivers License Division DMV website.  They can also stop by the local Connecticut Change of Name Drivers License Division DMV Office. 

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