About Changing Your Name on Your Massachusetts Registration
Knowing how to change the name on car registration in Massachusetts is crucial. You must change car registration information whenever you legally change your name after marriage, divorce, adoption, gender change or court order. The process for updating the name on your car registration is similar to requesting an RMV change of address, with a few added steps.
To correct the name on your vehicle registration, you may submit your request in person or by mail, depending on your preference. After submitting your request, the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) will send you duplicate registration materials that display your new legal name. To learn more about how to update your car registration name, review the sections below.
Before You Change Your Name on Your Car Registration in Massachusetts
Before changing your name on car registration documents, you must complete a few required steps.
First, you need to change your name with Social Security Administration (SSA) and obtain a replacement Social Security card that displays your new legal name. To change your name with the SSA, you must complete the application for a new Social Security card.
When changing your name with the SSA, you must also provide the agency with proof of your identity and change of name. Depending on the nature of your request, proof of the name change may include a certified copy of your marriage certificate or divorce decree.
Note: You can find information on completing this process in our free car registration guide.
After notifying the SSA of your new name, you must update the information on your Massachusetts driver’s license or identification card. To make this DMV name change, you must visit a local Service Center to submit your request in person. After updating the information on your Massachusetts driver’s license or ID card, you can start the process of updating your name on your registration credentials.
Requesting a Name Change on Car Registration in Massachusetts
As part of your MA name change checklist, you must also update the information on your vehicle registration and titling credentials if you own and operate an automobile that is registered in the state.
However, you cannot change the name on your registration certificate and title records at the same time, as the Massachusetts RMV requires you to complete these two transactions separately.
To change your name on your auto registration, you may submit your RMV request in person or by mail. However, you must first visit your insurance agent and complete an official RMV application. Your insurance agent will stamp the document as proof that you have a valid insurance policy. Once your agent stamps the application, you must submit it to the Massachusetts RMV.
To submit your RMV name change request in person, you must visit a local Service Center during regular business hours. During your visit, you must submit your stamped registration application and payment for the applicable fee. Since accepted payment methods vary by RMV office, you may wish to contact the Service Center before heading in.
To change your vehicle registration information by mail rather than in person, you must forward your stamped application to the RMV’s Mail-In Registration Department in Boston. be sure to include a check or money order for the applicable fee.
After mailing in your RMV change of name request, you will receive your corrected registration record at the address on file. Therefore, make sure your address is current on RMV records.
Learn about name change fees and get instructions on changing your name on your car registration in our free car registration guide.