How to Change Your Personal Information at a Minnesota DMV

Moving to a new state can be a daunting experience, especially when it comes to updating your personal information with the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). 

If you’re moving to Minnesota or even just relocating within the state, it’s crucial to ensure your information is up-to-date and compliant with the DMV for your safety and legal compliance. But did you know that while you’re at it, you can also update your name? 

Whether you’re changing your name for personal reasons or legal purposes, updating it with the DMV is essential. 

In this comprehensive guide, we’ll take you through everything you need to know about updating your personal information, including your name, with the Minnesota DMV. So, let’s dive in and ensure that you have all the information you need to update your details with ease.

Name Change via Social Security Office & ID DMV

If you’re considering a name change, you need to make sure you let the Social Security Administration (SSA) know. It’s not a long process, but there’s some stuff you’ve got to do afterward, like updating your name on all your accounts and DMV records. 

Get ready to roll up your sleeves and take care of business…

To let the SSA know about your new name, you need to provide some paperwork that shows proof of the change. Once you’ve got that in order, you can either swing by an SSA office or send in the documents by mail. 

(Just keep in mind that changing your name with the SSA doesn’t mean your driver’s license or passport will automatically be updated, so don’t forget to take care of those too!)

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’ll want to go ahead and get that information updated with the DMV – this would be updating your driver’s license. To do this, visit a nearby DMV with your documents, SS#, and a form of payment. 

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

Changing Your Address in Minnesota

If you’re a new resident in Minnesota, you’ve got about 30 days to update your info with the DMV to show that you’re legally living in the state. This means you’ll have to do some important tasks, like getting your driver’s license and vehicle registration sorted out.

Usually, when you’re changing your address after moving to the state, you’ll need some specific things, such as:

  • 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

New residents should know that in addition to submitting the required paperwork, they will also need to pay some fees. These fees could cover getting a new driver’s license or identification card, as well as any expenses related to registering their vehicle in Minnesota. It’s important to keep in mind that these fees may vary depending on the type of license or vehicle, so it’s best to check with us to get the full picture of what to expect.

You’ll pay a small fee – like $32 – to complete this update.

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

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

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

You can then:

  • Call (651) 297-2126 to speak with someone at the Driver and Vehicle Services
  • Email an email from one of the options in their online portal
  • Drop off your documents and proof of ID at a local Minnesota DMV office

If you’re replacing your driver’s license or ID as a current resident of the state, you won’t automatically get a new one. Instead, you’ll need to follow the same steps as renewing it, which includes paying a small fee.

When you’re updating your personal info with us, don’t forget to also update your vehicle registration. The process usually goes pretty quickly since you might already have most of the info needed. Just remember to bring some extra cash to cover the fees that may apply.

For More Information and Guidance

If you need assistance with managing your information or completing a form for the Minnesota 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 Minnesota DMV guides, which offer valuable insights into various DMV processes such as licensing, registration, vehicle titling, and more!