About Changing Your Name on Your Kansas Registration
It is essential to get a name change on car registration in Kansas soon after your legal name changes. Whether it is due to a marriage, divorce or another significant life event, you must change car registration and vehicle title information to reflect your new name.
Most drivers must change name on car registration documents in person at a Kansas Department of Revenue (DOR) county tag office. However, active duty military members and their dependents stationed outside the state may update records by mail. To get instructions on how to submit a name change, download our free registration guide.
When is a Kansas DMV name change required?
You must initiate a DMV name change in Kansas within 10 days of marriage, divorce or any court-ordered legal name change. If you notice that your name is misspelled on your current registration documents, this is also a reason to initiate a name change request.
Note: Changing your name on your car registration in Kansas is only possible after you have updated your Social Security card and driver’s license. Since Kansas requires you to complete all of these tasks within 10 days, it is important to submit name change requests as soon as possible after receiving the document that verifies your legal name change.
Changing Name on Car Registration in Kansas
Once you have updated your name with the SSA and the driver’s license department, you can change your name on car registration and vehicle titles. Visit your local county motor vehicle office with a certified copy of your name change document (more information here).
You will also need to provide an updated photo ID and proof of Kansas auto insurance. If you need to update a title on a vehicle with a lien, you must complete a DOR form providing consent to transfer ownership. Bring a form of payment for the fee, such as cash or a valid credit/debit card.
After updating your name, request a duplicate car registration that displays your correct information.
Kansas Name Change Checklist of Acceptable Documents
Applying for a DMV name change can be difficult if you do not provide the correct documents to verify your new name. All documents presented to the DOR must be issued by a U.S. state, city or county and include an official signature.
This name change checklist includes the most commonly used name change documents:
- Marriage certificate
- Divorce decree showing “name restored as”
- Court order of adoption
- Court order of name change
Find helpful DMV links and information about changing your name on your registration by reviewing our free guide.