How to Change Your Personal Information at a Rhode Island DMV

Changing your personal information at a Rhode Island DMV is one of the quickest and easiest ways to update your RI 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 RI 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 RI DMV or third-party office within as soon as you can to update your information.

To change your name at a Rhode Island DMV office you will:

  1. Provide proof of identification & legal presence
    1. RI driver’s license
    2. RI ID card
    3. Passport
    4. W-2
    5. Social Security card
  2. Show proof of name change*:
    1. Marriage cert or license
    2. Divorce Decree
    3. Court order
    4. Citizenship/naturalization cert
  3. Submit a notarized Application for License, Identification Card and Permits (Form LI-1)
  4. Pay the fees:
    1. License: $6.50
    2. ID: $26.50 (59 and younger), free (59 and older)

*These items must 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 your new information. The changes only reflect on your record – you will need to request duplicates if you need physical proofs.

Important:

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 RI title transfer process to get an idea of what’s required as you’ll typically submit the same forms.

How to Update Your Address with the RI DMV

You should update our address with the Rhode Island Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) when it changes. This makes things easier if you ever need to verify your driver and vehicle-related information.

The Rhode Island driver information update process is available online or by mail.

Note: You cannot update your address online if you’re leasing a vehicle.

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

To update your address online:

  1. Visit the RI Address Change page
  2. Follow the on-screen prompts
  3. Pay the appropriate fees

To update your address by mail:

  1. Download and complete the Change of Address Notice (here)
  2. Include payment for your fees
  3. Mail your document to: Division of Motor Vehicles, 600 New London Ave., Cranston, RI 02920

The changes only reflect on your record – you will need to request duplicates if you need physical proofs such as on your ID or title/registration.

Don’t Forget:

You’ll want to update your Rhode Island 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.