How to Change Your Name on Your Oklahoma Registration
A name change on car registration in Oklahoma is necessary within 10 days of officially changing your legal name. Whether you took on a new name after a marriage, divorce or another significant life event, you must change car registration information to reflect your new name. The Oklahoma Tax Commission (OTC) is the agency that handles motor vehicle registration and titles.
To change your name on car registration materials, you must visit an OTC tag office in person. However, you are required to register your name change with the Social Security Administration (SSA) first. The OTC will use your Social Security record to verify your name. Download our free comprehensive guide for step-by-step instructions on submitting your name change information.
When is an Oklahoma DMV name change required?
There are many reasons a DMV name change may be necessary. In addition to marriage or divorce, drivers may decide to legally take on a stage name. Some drivers change their name for religious reasons or personal preference. Writers may decide to make a pen name permanent.
Changing your name on car registration materials also happens after teenagers or young adults are adopted, or when a driver transitions gender. Other DMV name change requests are the result of a driver noticing a misspelling or other mistake on current registration documents.
For the sake of clarity, it is best if your Social Security card, Oklahoma driver’s license and registration documents are all assigned to the same legal name.
How to Change Name on Car Registration in Oklahoma
After updating your name with the SSA and the OK driver’s licensing department, you can change name on car registration and vehicle titles. Visit your local OTC tag office with any documents that show your previous and current names.
Provide a primary ID, such as a birth certificate, and a secondary ID, usually your Social Security card. You will also need a certified copy of your name change document (find examples here). Be sure to remember your fee payment via cash, check or credit card.
Oklahoma Name Change Checklist of Acceptable Documents
To apply for a DMV name change, you will need to provide the correct documents to verify your old and new names. All documents presented to the OTC must be issued by a U.S. state, city or county and include an official signature. No photocopies will be accepted.
This name change checklist includes the most commonly used name change documents:
- Marriage certificate
- Divorce decree
- Court order
Download our free registration guide for helpful links and detailed instructions on how to change your name on car registration in Oklahoma.