Colorado DMV Information: How to Update Your Name and Address

Whether you’re moving to Colorado from out of state or calling a new town/city your home, you’ll want to update your personal information with the DMV. Not only is this a requirement if you’re moving to the state, but it’s generally a good practice for local residents in case they need to update other items like insurance, registration, and more.

At a Colorado DMV, you may also use this opportunity to update your name. This could be a personal choice, after marriage, or for other reasons. Here, you’ll update your information and be re-issued an ID/license with your new name and info.

What do you need to do to change your address or name at the DMV in Colorado? Keep reading to find out.

Name Change via Social Security Office & CO DMV

To legally change your birth name – you’ll process this through the Social Security Administration, which handles federal identification.

In order to have your name change acknowledged by the SSA, you must provide evidence of the change. Your name change will only be linked to your Social Security Number if you have the correct documentation. To finalize the procedure, you must therefore submit the necessary documents to the SSA.

Here are the main items you’ll need:

  • A completed Application for a Social Security Card
  • Proof of name change
    • Marriage certificate
    • Divorce Decree
    • Court documents
  • Proof of your identity
    • Driver’s license
    • State ID
    • U.S. Passport
  • Proof of Citizenship
    • Certificate of U.S. citizenship
    • Birth certificate
    • Certificate of Naturalization

After completing your name change with the SSA, you have two options to update your information: you can visit a local SSA office and submit the necessary paperwork in person, or you can send it via mail. 

If you have any questions about the process, we recommend reaching out to the SSA.

Once your name change has been processed by the SSA, you’ll need to update your driver’s license accordingly. To do so, visit a local DMV in AK and follow the same procedure as obtaining a new ID, but with updated information. You’ll need to provide proof of your name change, Social Security Number, and pay a fee.

Changing Your Address in Colorado

Individuals who have recently relocated to the state are required to update their information within approximately 30 days. This involves visiting a nearby DMV office and submitting the required documents, as well as paying any applicable fees.

Generally, when updating your address following a move to the state, you will need to provide the following items:

  1. A valid out-of-state driver’s license
  2. Proof of your social security number (e.g., social security card)
  3. A birth certificate or other documentation demonstrating your legal presence in the United States
  4. One or two documents confirming your new address.

You will pay about $33 to get a new license in Colorado if moving to the state. You likely won’t need to do a driving test unless your previous license expired.

While you’re there: Consider registering an out-of-state vehicle in Colorado.

Now, for Colorado residents updating their address – you’ve got three options:

The address update costs about $12 to complete.

Obtaining a new license with the updated information is optional, but not mandatory. Nonetheless, it is important to update your vehicle registration to reflect this change.

For More Information

In case you require assistance with processing your information or filling out a form, we suggest you use our online directory to locate the nearest DMV office in Colorado. This directory provides info about the office’s operating hours, contact details, and available services.

For more info and guidance – be sure to check out some of our other Colorado DMV guides!