Name Change On A Georgia Drivers License

Have you recently gotten married, divorced, or had to change your legal name? The Department of Driver Services (DDS) recommends that you change the name on your Georgia drivers license as soon as possible. Select from the options below to get started.

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1: Get Started with Online Application Assistance

Application assistance services can simplify the process for many DDS related services for a fee, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. In addition to assistance in preparing official forms, the value added services and products you will receive include a comprehensive Easy Guide™ containing information relevant to your service needs; 30 days of both emergency Roadside Assistance and the Repair Assist consultation service from Road America. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and a quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips, trends, legislative updates and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.

2: By mail

Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the DDS in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local DDS.

3: Via a DDS office

If your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at your local DDS office. Varying DDS offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the DDS closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your DDS allows you to make a personal appointment.




 

Drivers who legally change their name must notify the Georgia DDS within 60 days to change the name on their license. Drivers are required to file the Georgia change of name in-person at any nearby drivers license office. The DDS requires proof of identification before the license name change can be made.

Required Documents
Generate a complete checklist of the required and acceptable documentation. Only originals and certified originals will be accepted by the Georgia  DDS for a change of name.  Please note that a change of name for same-sex marriages cannot be performed in the state of Georgia at this time. 

Name Change as a Result of a Divorce
If a divorced driver changes their legal surname and wishes to have the change of name on their driver’s license, they are required to present their previous wedding documents as well.  The DDS will use the marriage license or certificate to verify the driver’s name prior to the name change. The divorce decree must also be submitted to the DDS in addition to a driver’s certified wedding documents. 

Court-Involved Name Change
Any adoption or legal name changes must be accompanied by original court orders.  In addition, acceptable proof of the driver’s name before the name change is required.  Only original, certified birth certificates will be accepted as well as paperwork stating the court ordered name change.

Georgia Change Of Name Online
Georgia drivers license change-of-name applicants can do so online as long as they meet the following requirements:

  • The new name must already be registered with the U.S. Postal Service
  • The drivers license address must match the address on a change of name form, which is available at your county clerk's office
  • Only U.S. citizens and Georgia state residents can perform a name change online
  • A valid Social Security Number must be on file with the DDS 

It takes two to three weeks for the updated license to be sent. There is no charge for a Georgia change of name, but if the name change occurs within 150 days of a driver's license expiration date, the applicant must go ahead and renew their drivers license as well.