About Changing Your Name on Your West Virginia Registration
You must remember to change the name on your car registration in West Virginia whenever you legally change your name due to marriage, adoption, divorce or any other major life event.
Before you can change car registration information, however, you must first update your name with the Social Security Administration (SSA) and correct the name on your West Virginia driver’s license.
After changing your name with the SSA, you can update the information on your driver’s license and vehicle registration credentials.
Learn more about changing name on car registration and driver’s license credentials by reviewing the sections below.
Changing a Name on Car Registration in West Virginia
To begin the process of changing your name with the SSA, complete an official application for a Social Security Card.
Then, submit your completed application with the required documents to your local Social Security office.
Download our free guide for instructions on completing this step.
Once these steps are done, you can perform a DMV name change in WV. To do so, visit your local DMV office to submit your request in person.
Although you can complete the registration renewal process at your local sheriff’s office, you cannot update the information on your driver’s license or registration credentials without visiting a local DMV office.
As part of your WV name change checklist, you will typically need to present some of the following documents when updating the information on your driver’s license and vehicle registration credentials:
- Legal proof of your new name, such as a certified copy of your marriage or divorce certificate
- Photo identification
- Payment for any required fees
- Your vehicle’s current registration and titling certificate
Other Steps to Take When Performing a DMV Name Change in West Virginia
When performing a name change on car registration and driver’s license credentials, there are additional tasks you can perform.
For instance, you may choose to upgrade your West Virginia driver’s license to a REAL ID-compliant card if you have not already done so.
However, this entails providing additional documentation during your office visit, such as proof of your Social Security Number (SSN) and West Virginia residency.
If you have any questions about the types of documents you must submit during your office visit, you can contact the DMV branch before heading in.
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