How to Change Your Personal Information at a New York DMV

Changing your personal information at a New York DMV is one of the quickest and easiest ways to update your NY 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 New York 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.

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

To change your name at the New York DMV:

  1. Provide the NY DMV documents you want to be changed
    1. Example: Complete an Application for Driver License or Non-Driver ID Card (MV-44)
    2. Example: Vehicle Registration/Title Application (MV-82)
  2. Provide proof of identification
  3. Show proof of name change*:
    1. Marriage cert or license
    2. Divorce Decree
    3. Court order
    4. Citizenship/naturalization cert
  4. Pay the name change fees
    1. License/permit: $12.50
    2. Title and/or registration: Free
    3. Non-driver ID: $5

*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.

How to Update Your Address

You should update our address on file with the New York DMV within 10 days of when it changes. This process is available in person, online, or over the phone, or by mail. Let’s use the fastest methods.

In Person:

  1. Find a NY DMV office
  2. Provide your personal information
  3. Complete a Change of Address Form (MV-232)
  4. Pay any fees

Online:

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

Phone:

  • NY call center: (518) 486-9786
  • For deaf/hard of hearing: (800) 662-1220 or 711

Congratulations, your driver information is updated!

Don’t Forget: Update Your Auto Insurance

You’ll want to update your NY 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.