New License & ID Cards

Read more about changes to the Vermont Driver's License and ID Cards

Name Change

You are required by law to notify the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles within 30 days of any change to your address or name.


Change Your Name


You must apply in person in order to have your name changed on your license or non-driver ID card. To obtain a corrected license, please provide the following documentation:

  1. Verification of your name and date of birth via Social Security Online Verification (SSOLV). You must update your records with the Social Security Administration prior to processing a name change at DMV.
  2. Documentation of your new name in the form of:
    • An original or certified copy of a marriage license/certificate
    • Civil union certificate, or
    • Court order clearly stating your new name
  3. Completed Name/Address Change Form (form #VL-040)


A change of company name requires a Change of Name Certification from the Office of Secretary of State.

Related Forms & Information


A Temporary License/ID is issued when the customer makes a material change. The customer must wait to receive the new license by mail. Customer can retain the license or ID provided there are no changes other than the address. For address changes, there is no change in the procedure of notifying DMV of the new address.

If your name is different than the one shown on your birth certificate or other document used to establish identity and date of birth, you must provide certified copies of the legal documents that connect the name on the document used to establish identity and date of birth to your current name. The following documents are acceptable.

Court-ordered name change

This includes:

  • Orders under a petition for a name change.
  • Orders for name change in a divorce decree or decree of annulment.
  • Orders for name change in a decree of adoption.

The court order must contain your prior full legal name, your court-ordered full legal name and your date of birth. It must be a certified copy and have the stamp or raised seal of the issuing court.

Marriage certificate

The marriage certificate must be issued by a state office of vital statistics or equivalent agency in the state or country where you were married and must be a certified copy with a stamp or raised seal of the issuing authority. A church, chapel, or similarly issued certificate is not acceptable.

In all cases, the documents must connect the name shown on your birth certificate or other document used to establish identity and date of birth to your current name. You do not have to document a complete listing of all the names you may have previously used, as long as the documents you provide clearly connect the two.

Social Security Administration

If you need to correct or update information at the Social Security Administration, do so several days before you apply for a Driver's License or ID card. For information on how to do this, visit

The title to be changed must contain owner information that matches the owner information on the current vehicle registration. You must complete a registration application form (form #VD-119) providing an updated vehicle odometer reading and updated owner information. Each individual currently listed on the title must sign on the back of the title (as "sellers") and fill in the name of the "buyer(s)". If there are two owners you must indicate the relationship of the two owners.

See types of vehicle ownership for more information.


Contact Us

Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles
120 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05603-0001

Monday-Friday: 7:45am-4:30pm
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