How to Change Your Personal Information at a North Carolina DMV

Changing your personal information at a North Carolina DMV is one of the quickest and easiest ways to update your NC 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

You will update your information with the Social Security Administration before changing your name at the North Carolina DMV. This process is available in-person or by mail.

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

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 NC DMV or third-party office within as soon as you can to update your information.

You should report your name change within 60 days to the North Carolina DMV.

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

  1. Provide proof of identification
    1. NC driver’s license
    2. NC ID card
  2. Show proof of name change*:
    1. Marriage cert or license
    2. Divorce Decree
    3. Court order
    4. Citizenship/naturalization cert
  3. Pay the $13 name change fee

*These items must be the originals or certified copies

The DMV will confirm your name change by contacting the Social Security Administration (SSA). If your information cannot be verified, you will not receive an updated license or ID.

Important: Update Your Title and Registration

Changing your name at the DMV office does not update your vehicle records. You must update your title and registration within 60 days of changing your name.

Go to the DMV and:

  1. Show your updated NC driver’s license
  2. Show proof of name change
  3. Submit the original vehicle title
  4. Complete and file the Corrected or Substituted Title Application (MVR-5) and odometer inspection if your vehicle is 10 years or older, plus the lien release if applicable
  5. Pay the $20 titling and registration fee

Else, mail your documents to:

N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles

3148 Mail Service Center

Raleigh, NC 27697

Your title and registration documents will arrive by mail soon after their processing.

How to Update Your Address

You should update our address on file with the North Carolina DMV within 60 days of when it changes such as changing location or moving to the state. This process is available in person or online.

The information you will need when updating your North Carolina address at the DMV includes:

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • License or ID
  • Social Security number
  • Address (old and new)

In Person:

  1. Find an NC DMV office
  2. Provide your personal information
  3. Pay any fees

Online:

You’re eligible to do an online name change given your license isn’t suspended, have your SSN & photo on file, and don’t owe money to the DMV. Do an in-person update if you’re not eligible.

  1. Visit NC DOT
  2. Enter your information and follow the prompts
  3. Confirm and print the receipt

Congratulations, your driver information is updated! This should take a few days before its reflected in your NC DOS records. Next, you will need to update your title & registration (as noted).

Don’t Forget: Update Your Auto Insurance

You’ll want to update your NC 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.