I use a name that is different from the name on my birth certificate. I need to renew my license, but I cannot prove my identity. What can I do?

The best way to ensure that you can renew your license is to legally change your old name to your new name.

To do that, you must:

  • Go to the Courthouse and file a notarized Petition for Change of Name.
  • Submit a background check with your petition.
  • Ask a Clerk of Court to schedule a hearing.

At the hearing, you will need the judge to sign a Final Judgement of Change of Name.

Once you have a court order with your new name, you need to have your name changed at the Social Security office and Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

You must also bring:

  • Your birth certificate
  • A document that proves that you are a United States citizen
  • An identification card that has your old name on it

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