Did you know that the most popular time for weddings is from May through October?
Whether you’re headed to the altar, moving into a new home, or heading to a wedding out of state, learn how the state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) can help make wedding season more convenient and less stressful.
To change your name with the DMV, you’ll first have to change your name with the local Social Security Administration (SSA) office. The DMV electronically verifies your name, birth date, and social security number with the SSA.
After you’ve changed your name with the SSA, you’ll need to complete a driver’s license or identification card application, a process you can start online. Next, you’ll need to visit a local DMV office to provide evidence of your name change and pay the application fee.
At the time of this transaction, you’ll also be required to surrender your current driver’s license.
A name change is also an opportunity to apply for a REAL ID instead of a standard driver’s license.
You can change your residence or mailing address online in the DMV’s Change of Address System. However, you cannot use this online service if you:
— Do not already have a California driver’s license or identification card;
— Do not have a social security number;
— Have an army post office or fleet post office address;
— Have an address outside of the US, or;
— Have applied for but not yet received your REAL ID. For those, you must complete a change of address form and mail it to the address listed on the form.
A REAL ID is a federally accepted form of identification and may be used to board domestic flights and to enter secure federal facilities, such as military bases and federal courthouses. One benefit of a REAL ID is that it allows you to carry a single piece of identification that serves a dual purpose, as opposed to having to keep up with both a driver’s license and a passport during travel, a time which is often already very busy and hectic.
Starting May 2023, a standard driver’s license/ID will become federal noncompliant, meaning you will not be allowed to board an airplane or enter secure federal facilities using it.
Explore more of what the DMV has to offer at dmv.ca.gov.