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Driver's License, 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. 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
  2. Completed Name/Address Change Form (form #VL-040)

NOTE: If your License or ID is Real ID compliant we are required to verify 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. Before a license or ID can be issued in the new name, SSA records must be updated. 


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

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Related Forms & Information
Title Sort descending ID# Description
Commercial License/Permit Application
To apply for the issuance of any new, renewal, replacement or correction of any and all CDL licenses/permits/endorsements.
Non-Driver ID Application - English
To apply for a new, renewed, replaced, or enhanced Non-Driver Identification Card.
Replacement License
Used to make changes (name change, address change, etc), get a new picture, remove a restriction (eye glass) or to replace a lost or stolen license or learner permit. For CDL use form VL-031.


Can I change my name online?

No. Name changes must be done in person at a DMV office location.

How do I change the name on my license/ID?

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

How do I change the name(s) on a vehicle title?

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 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.