How to change information on DMV documents

Guidance

See information below on how to update information with the DMV or correct (fix) errors on your records. 

For information on how to change your address on DMV documents and records, see change address.

To change your email address, use the email reminders service.
 

Change information on your license

Change information on your registration and title


Driver license, permit or non-driver ID 

You must visit your local DMV office and bring proof of the change.

 


If you plan on traveling

We recommend you come to the DMV now to get an Enhanced or REAL ID, and avoid a second office visit later. 1  Learn about Enhanced, REAL ID and Standard documents

Complete this guide to make sure you have to correct proofs of identification you need. Also bring any additional information needed for your specific change listed below. 

 

Find the documents you need to get a REAL ID or enhanced permit, license, or non-driver ID



Change name

If you have a Standard license, permit or non-driver ID 

Please note: If you have a EDL or REAL ID, see instructions further down the page.

You can change or update your legal name on your Standard document by mail and order a new DMV document if 

  • you have a Social Security Number (SSN) on file with the DMV and you already changed your name with the Social Security Administration 2
    • note: the name you request on your new DMV document must exactly match the name on your Social Security Card
  • you do not have a commercial  driver license (CDL) or commercial learner permit (CLP)
  • you do not need to change any other information (for example, height, gender, address, etc.)

To change by mail

Example of a (good) signature within the box:

Example of a 'good' signature that does not go outside of the box.


Example of a (bad) signature that crosses the edge of the box:

Example of a 'bad' signature that goes outside of the box.

  • provide a copy of your new Social Security Card 
    • the name on your card must exactly match the name requested for your new document
  • provide a copy of your current "Standard" New York State license, permit or non-driver ID
  • provide a copy of one or more of these proofs of your name change
    • government issued marriage certificate
    • government issued court order
    • amended birth certificate
    • divorce papers (must indicate name change)
    • naturalization papers
  • provide a check or money order for $12.50 (for license or permit) or $5.00 (non-driver ID) payable to 'Commission of Motor Vehicles'

Mail to

Department of Motor Vehicles
55 Hanson Place, 6th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11217

 

If you have a REAL ID or EDL license, permit or non-driver ID (or if you are not eligible to mail your Standard, CDL or CLP)

When you change your name on your REAL ID or EDL license, permit or non-driver ID, you must also update your photo.

To update a legal change of name on DMV records, bring these items to DMV office 

 


Change or correct date of birth

If your date of birth is not correct, bring to your local DMV office proof of  your age as listed on proofs of identity and date of birth for NY State driver license, learner permit or non-driver ID.

Find office locations

 

Change gender

If you had a gender change or you are transgender, bring your local DMV office

    Find office locations

     

     

    Correct an error (mistake) on your record

    If  we made an error on your document, use the Ask DMV a Question service to request a correction. We may be able to correct it without you coming to a DMV office.  There is no fee for a correction.

     

    Change photo

    You must go to a DMV office. 

    When you renew

    • there is no additional fee to update your photo

    When it is not time to renew

    Bring to a DMV office

    Find office locations



    Fee

    For amended permit or license: $12.50

    For amended non-driver ID card: $5.00  5

     

    Once ordered, your new document will come in 2 weeks

    We will give you a temporary non-photo driver license, learner permit or non-driver ID at the DMV. You will receive your new document in the mail in about 2 weeks.

    Check the mailing status

     

    Death of a family member

    If your loved one has passed away, please mail a copy of the death certificate and a photo copy of their license or ID (if you have it) to the DMV. This will prevent further mailings or identity theft. 

    DMV License Production Bureau
    P.O. Box 2688 ESP
    Albany, NY 12220-0668

     

     

    Vehicle registration and title 


    Change name 

    To update your legal name, bring these items to your local DMV office 

    Print this checklist

    There are special instructions to change the name on a title after lease buyout.

    Find office locations

     

    Change address

    For information on how to change your mailing and residence addresses on DMV documents and records, see change address.


    Change other information 

    You must visit your local DMV office and bring proof of the change.  

    If you had a gender change or you are transgender, bring

    Find office locations

     

    Correct an error on registration or title

    If  we made an error on your document, use the Ask DMV a Question service to request a correction. We may be able to correct it without you coming a DMV office.  There is no fee for a correction.

    Find office locations

     

    Fee

    There is no fee to change your name on your registration documents and title certificate.  


    When you will get your new registration and title

    We will give you new registration documents immediately when you apply. Allow 60 to 90 days for your new title to arrive in the mail.

    1. 1. Starting in May 2023, you will need an Enhanced or REAL ID to board a domestic flight (unless you have a passport). 


      If your license, permit, or ID was issued before October 30, 2017 and is not Enhanced, you have a Standard document.  

      Newly issued Standard documents state: 'NOT FOR FEDERAL PURPOSES'. 


    2. 2. If you provided your Social Security Card to the DMV when you first applied for a driver license, permit, or non-driver ID, we have your Social Security Number on file.
    3. 3.

      Regardless of the genders of you and your spouse, if your marriage certificate shows both your spouse's surname and your former surname, you may

      • change your middle name to your former surname or
      • chose a different middle name and
      • change your surname to your spouse's surname

       

    4. 4. This can be in the form of a written statement from a physician, psychologist, psychiatrist or other appropriate professional that is printed on letterhead. The statement must certify that one gender is your main gender and that you identify as male or female. An appropriate professional can include but is not limited to a Life Counselor, a Clinical Social Worker or other professional who is overseeing the change in gender.
    5. 5. If you have a 10-year non-driver ID, are age 62 or older and a recipient of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) there is no fee.
    6. 6.

      Regardless of the genders of you and your spouse, if your marriage certificate shows both your spouse's surname and your former surname, you may

      • change your middle name to your former surname or
      • chose a different middle name and
      • change your surname to your spouse's surname

       

       
    7. 7. This can be in the form of a written statement from a physician, psychologist, psychiatrist or other appropriate professional that is printed on letterhead. The statement must certify that one gender is your main gender and that you identify as male or female. An appropriate professional can include but is not limited to a Life Counselor, a Clinical Social Worker or other professional who is overseeing the change in gender.

    For your convenience, many DMV PDF forms can be filled in online and then printed.