Updating Your Name with the Social Security Administration
The first step toward changing your name on your Alabama drivers license is reporting your name changing to the Social Security Administration (SSA). Skipping this step will prevent the DPS from verifying your Social Security number. While you cannot update your name with the SSA online, you can do so either in person or by mail free of charge.
To conduct a SSA name change request and receive a corrected card, you will need the following documentation to prove your name change, identity and citizenship:
Legal name change documents in the form of:
- Marriage certificate
- Divorce decree
- Court order
Proof of your identity in the form of:
- U.S. drivers license
- U.S. passport
- State-issued ID card
Proof of your U.S. citizenship in the form of:
- U.S. birth certificate
- Certificate of citizenship
- Certificate of naturalization
In addition, you will need to print and complete an Application for a Social Card (Form SS-5). This standard application is used for applying for an original Social Security card, applying for a replacement Social Security card, or in this case, changing or correcting information on an existing Social Security record.
On the Social Security card application, you will need to provide information such as:
- Your full name to be shown on the card
- Your full name at birth
- Your Social Security number
- Place of birth
- Date of birth
- Citizenship status
- Parents’ names and Social Security numbers
- Mailing address
- Phone number
Once you have filled out the application form, simply mail or take the application and required documents to a local SSA office to complete the first step toward a name change on drivers license.
If you have further questions about how to fill out the Social Security application form, feel free to call 1-800-772-1213 to speak with a Social Security representative.
How to Change Name on Drivers License in Alabama
Once you have completed the legal name change process with the SSA, you can proceed with updating the name on your drivers license with the DPS. The only way to do this is in person.
In Alabama, you must submit proof of your SSA legal name change at any of the following locations:
- Probate judge office
- License commissioner office
- ALEA Driver License Exam office
The name update on drivers license costs $31.25 as part of the standard duplicate drivers license fee and on personal checks are accepted. A new license reflecting your official name change will be issued upon submission of the proof of name change and duplicate fee.