North Dakota DMV Name Change

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You are required by law to notify the North Dakota DMV of a name or address change.

Changing your personal information at a North Dakota DMV is one of the quickest and easiest ways to update your ND driving records.

Given you have personal documents ready and a bit of free time, you shouldn’t run into any snags when updating your name or changing your address.

Below, you’ll learn the steps, requirements, and fees for doing both these actions.

How to Update Your Name with the North Dakota DMV

You should update your name with the Social Security Administration (find a local SSA office) before changing it at the DMV. Changing your name at the SSA will reflect on many other important documents, making the ordeal easy to deal with.

You will:

  1. File an Application for a Social Security Card (SS-5)
  2. Show proof of:
    1. Name change
    2. S. presence
    3. Identification
  3. Send or deliver the documents

The identification documents must be originals or certified copies. Bring these documents and form to your local Social Security office. Or, mail them.

You should receive your new social security card in about 2 weeks. With this in hand, you should visit your local ND DMV or third-party office as soon as you can to update your information.

To change your name at a North Dakota DMV office you will:

  1. Provide proof of identification
  2. Show proof of name change*:
    1. Marriage cert or license
    2. Divorce Decree
    3. Court order
    4. Citizenship/naturalization cert
  3. Pay the $3 fee

*These items should be the originals or certified copies

The DMV will confirm your name change by contacting the Social Security Administration (SSA) if you chose to do so. Else, they’ll process your information and send the new information. The changes only reflect on your record – you will need to request duplicates if you need physical proofs.

Important: Update Your Title and Registration

Changing your name at the DMV office does not update your vehicle records.

You should update your title and registration if you want to keep these items up-to-date to avoid issues. See the ND duplicate process to get an idea of what’s required as you’ll typically submit the same forms during the process (where you’ll declare your name and address).

How to Update Your Address with the North Dakota DMV

You should update our address with the North Dakota DMV when it changes. This makes things easier if you ever need to verify your driver and vehicle-related information.

The North Dakota driver information update process is available online or by phone call.

Updating your address does not reflect on your driver’s license, title, and registration. You’ll need to complete this update by updating your license with the ND DMV. This process can be done while you’re at the DMV if you choose to update your address in person (see above).

The typical process of updating your name includes:

  1. Find your local ND DMV office using our directory
  2. Call to update your information
  3. Have your information updated on the file
  4. Get a replacement license to reflect the changes

Alternatively, you can use the North Dakota online service to update your information. Again, you’ll need to get a replacement ID/license if you want to see this reflected on your physical documents.

Don’t Forget: Update Your Auto Insurance

You’ll want to update your North Dakota auto insurance as soon as you can.

The mismatched information may cause problems if you were to be pulled over. Or, needed to file an insurance claim due to accidents.

Visit your insurance provider’s website to update your policy’s information.


Updating your North Dakota DMV name change is essential to ensure your driver’s license or vehicle registration is valid and up to date. Furthermore, you must keep yourself informed of any DMV notifications regarding new regulations or forms required for driving in the state. It’s easy to keep track of your records online or by visiting one of the many regional offices. Staying ahead and up to date with your DMV information will make sure all your dealings with them are prepared and smooth.