How to Change Your Personal Information at a Maryland DMV

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Those moving to Maryland or staying put (but moving to another area of the state) will want to update their information with the state. It’s important to make sure your info is up-to-date and all legal-like with the Maryland DMV for both compliance and your safety.

While you’re at it… why not update your name too? 

Whatever your reason for a name change, updating your name is linked to what’s on file with the DMV, so we’ve got you covered on both fronts.

In this guide, we’ll walk you through what you need to know to update your name and personal info like registration with the DMV in Maryland. So let’s get to it!

Name Change via Social Security Office & ID DMV

If you’re thinking of changing your name, you’ll need to update your details with the Social Security Administration (SSA). It’s a quick process, but there’s a lot to think about afterward, like updating your info on accounts, DMV records, and more, so it’s important to prepare.

To update your name with the SSA, you’ll need to show proof of your name change. 

Once you have the required paperwork, you can either visit an SSA office or send the forms and documents by mail. Don’t forget, changing your name with the SSA won’t automatically update your name on other documents like your driver’s license or passport.

Note: Changing your name with the SSA does not automatically change your name on other documents, such as your driver’s license or passport.

  • 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

Once the SSA has updated your name, you must also update your driver’s license to reflect your new name. To achieve this, visit a nearby DMV location with the pertinent documents, social security number, and payment. 

Note: The procedure is pretty much the same as obtaining an ID, but with updated details.

Changing Your Address in Maryland

New residents of Maryland have approximately 30 days to update their information with the DMV to establish legal residency in the state. During this period, you’ll have a lot to take care of, including updating your driver’s license and/or vehicle registration.

Moving to the State

Typically – items needed if you’re changing an address after moving to the state include:

  • Current out-of-state driver’s license
  • Proof of social security number (ie. social security card)
  • Birth certificate (or other document showing legal US presence)
  • A document (or two) showing your new address

In addition to providing the paperwork, new residents must also pay fees. These charges may include obtaining a new driver’s license or identification card, as well as any expenses related to registering a vehicle in the new state.

Take advantage of your time at the DMV by going ahead and registering an out-of-state vehicle.

Moving Within the State

Now, for Maryland residents updating their address – you’ve got some options.

Grab a copy of the Maryland Change of Address Request form and fill it out.

You can then:

  • Mail your Maryland DMV change of address form, license #, and date of birth to the Motor Vehicle Administration
  • Drop off your documents and proof of ID at a local Maryland DMV office

Want to complete the process faster and easier? The Maryland DMV has an online portal where you can do a change of address online.

The state doesn’t automatically issue a new license/ID if you’re replacing it as an existing resident of the state. For that, you’ll want to follow through the same steps as renewing your driver’s license or ID card. This will come with a small fee.

When you update your personal information, it’s essential to also update your vehicle registration. The process shouldn’t take much time since you may already have much of the required information. However, be sure to bring extra funds to cover the fees.

Get Help Navigating the Maryland DMV System

If you need assistance with managing your information or completing a form for the Maryland DMV, we recommend using our online directory to find the nearest DMV branch. Our directory provides information on operating hours, contact details, and available services.

And if you want more information, be sure to check out our other Maryland DMV guides, which offer valuable insights into various DMV processes such as licensing, registration, vehicle titling, and more!