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new york drivers license name change - NY

Do you need to change the name on your license? Process your New York Drivers license name change now. There is only one way in which to change the name on your license in NYS. You must go in person to any new york dmv office. If you wish, you can sign up with our site and download your drivers license name change checklist. We’ll supply you with all of the necessary forms, rules, and steps. Please click below to get started with your New York license name change.

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NYS Drivers License Name Change Information

If you've recently been married, divorced or possess a court order, then you must change your name on your New York drivers license, learner permit or ID. Unfortunately, you cannot process the name change online or via mail as with other NY driver license transactions. The only way is by going in person to your closest DMV office.

In Person


  1. You must visit your closest new york dmv office.
  2. You must fill out an Application for Driver License or Non-Driver ID Card MV-44 Form. You can either download this form ahead of time or request one at the DMV office. Please make sure that you check the checkbox that appears on the top that say "Change".
  3. The cost to change the name on a drivers license will be $12.50. This includes the issuance of a new drivers license or drivers permit with your photo and new name. The cost to change the name on your ID card is $5.00.
  4. In order to show proof of new name, please show either your Proof of Name Change documents (see below), or the valid NYS Proof of Identity Documents.

Documents Required

When going in person to your nearest DMV office, either of these documents will show proof of name change:

  • U.S. Marriage Certificate / License.
  • U.S. Divorce Decree.
  • Court Order documents that show your new name.

if you cannot show any of the documents above, then you must show identity documents from this Proof of Identity List that have a total value of six points. 

Note: Your new license will be sent via mail and you should accept to see within two (2) weeks.