Maybe you recently filed for a name change because you were either married or divorced. Or, maybe you changed it because your old name was just getting too old for your liking. No matter the reason, it is important to make sure all of your pieces of identification accurately reflect your new name. In fact, the law requires that you update your drivers’ license within 10 days after any official change to your name. The following is a breakdown of exactly what you need to do to obtain a license with your changed name in The Sunshine State.
To begin with, understand that no states allow you to update your license with a name change by mail, over the phone, or online. The only way you will be able to acquire a new license with your current name is by appearing in person at your local Division of Driver Licenses office. There are absolutely no exceptions to this rule. It does not matter to the state if you do not like to wait in long lines. Also, you have to be the person who is present in order to walk out with your updated identification. So, there is no reason to try to convince a friend to take care of the matter for you.
Before you go to the office, you need to make sure you have certain documents that the state requires. If any are missing, you will be wasting your time and gas. You will have to return again after going back home to obtain everything that you need.
First, you must have your current driver license or ID card in your possession. In addition, you will need proof that you are a United States citizen or proof of your legal presence. This can include either a valid United States passport, a birth certificate that is either the original or a certified copy, or a certificate of naturalization that is either labeled N-550 or N-570.
It is also imperative that you provide the office with no less than one document that proves your current name. Types of proof that you can show include a marriage certificate, a divorce decree, and a court order. Also, you will need to provide proof of your social security number. You can use your social security card or a W-2 tax form.
In terms of documentation, the final pieces that you need to bring with you are no less than two recent documents that prove your residency in the state. The types of documents that you can use for this requirement are utility bills, bank statements, school records, and school transcripts.
With all of the documents that you must bring to the office, make sure that they are all either originals or certified copies. If they are not, they will not be accepted. If you try to use any documents that are not originals or certified copies, you will be again wasting your time and gas.
Finally, once you have compiled all of the documents that you need and double-checked the list, do not forget to bring $25 with you to the office. This is the fee that the state requires to change your name on your license. After you have made your way to the front of the line and shown all of your documents to a staff member at the office and paid your fee, you will just have to wait a few minutes for the staff to print out your new license with your new name. Now, you have what you need to satisfy the state law.