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Car Title Name Change

A car title name change is an important step all Alabama residents must take after applying for an official name change. Drivers who change their name after marriage, divorce or for a court-ordered reason must make sure to update all of their driving credentials, including their car’s certificate of title. Per state law, Alabama motorists must apply for name change on a vehicle title documents with the Alabama Department of Revenue. Without an accurate car title, drivers cannot properly prove ownership of a vehicle. Motorists may continue reading below for more information on car title name changes.

A car title name change is an important step all Alabama residents must take after applying for an official name change. Drivers who change their name after marriage, divorce or for a court-ordered reason must make sure to update all of their driving credentials, including their car’s certificate of title. Per state law, Alabama motorists must apply for name change on a vehicle title documents with the Alabama Department of Revenue. Without an accurate car title, drivers cannot properly prove ownership of a vehicle. Motorists may continue reading below for more information on car title name changes.

Changing Your Name on Your Social Security Card

The first step you must take in the name change checklist is notifying the Social Security Administration of your legal name change, so that you may be issued an updated Social Security card. This step is crucial, due to the fact that you cannot update any documents with the Alabama DMV until you have completed the process to change names with the SSA. In order to receive a new Social Security card with your official name change, you must submit:

  • Proof of identity:

    • Passport
    •  Drivers license
  • Proof of US citizenship:

    • Passport
    • Birth certificate
  • Proof of name change:

    • Marriage certificate
    • Divorce decree
    • Court order
  •  A filled-out Social Security Card application

Once you have all of the required documents, you may submit them either in person or by mail to your local SSA office. Note: There is no fee associated with requesting a legal name change with the SSA. How to Change Name on Car Titles Once you have completed the process to change name with the SSA, you can proceed with the next phase in the name change checklist, which is to request a name change on your car title. In order to do so, you must first change your name on your Alabama drivers license. Finally, when you have received a driver’s license replacement, you can then request a name change on your car title with the AL Department of Revenue by following these steps:

  • Visit your local AL DMV office.
  • Present proof of identity:

    •  Your updated AL driving license.
  • Provide proof of your change of name:

    • A marriage certificate.
    • A divorce decree.
    • A court order.
  • Pay the car title replacement fee of $15

    • This fee is non-refundable.

After you have submitted all of the required documents and paid the applicable fee to the Alabama Department of Revenue, the requirements to change names on your car title will be complete. Note that specific processing times for your name change request may fluctuate. In the event that you do not receive your updated AL car title within a reasonable amount of time, you are urged to contact the designated agent that assisted you upon your DMV name change.