portalillinois.org is privately owned and is neither operated by, nor affiliated with, any government agency.

CAR REGISTRATION NAME CHANGE

In the state of Illinois, residents who have recently acquired a new name due to marriage, divorce or court order must notify the Illinois Vehicle Services Department and update all of their records, including the car registration. The name changing process on your vehicle registration is fairly simple, however there are certain steps that need to be completed beforehand.

In the state of Illinois, residents who have recently acquired a new name due to marriage, divorce or court order must notify the Illinois Vehicle Services Department and update all of their records, including the car registration. The name changing process on your vehicle registration is fairly simple, however there are certain steps that need to be completed beforehand.

To successfully complete the process of name change, keep in mind the following steps:

  • Change your name with the Social Security Administration
  • Change your name on your car registration
  • Fees to legal name change

How to Change my Name with the Social Security Administration

Before you request a name change at the IL VSD, you must apply for an official name change at the Social Security Administration. Thankfully, the SSA has provided you with two ways to complete the name changing procedure:

  • In person
  • By mail

If you would like to change your name in person, you must make a trip to your local SSA office and gather the following documentation prior to visiting the branch:

  • A completed Application for a Social Security Card (Form SS-5)
  • Your certified legal name-change document (marriage certificate, divorce decree, court order)
  • Proof of your identity (state-issued ID card, U.S. drivers license, U.S. passport)
  • Proof of your U.S. citizenship (U.S. birth certificate, certificate of citizenship or naturalization)

To complete the process of name change by mail, send the above mentioned documents to the address of your local SSA office. Keep in mind that all items should be originals and certified copies and they will be mailed back to you, once the process is finished.

Note: Remember that your Social Security Number will not change.

Steps to Change Name on Car Registration

When you have finished the legal name change process with the SSA, you can proceed to file a name change request on your car registration at the IL VSD. In order to ensure the process runs smoothly, you should provide supporting name change documents which you can deliver in person at your local VSD office. The required documentation is the following:

  • A completed Application for Vehicle Transaction(s) form (VSD 190) – You can begin the application online, get the form in person, or have one sent to you by calling: Illinois toll-free: 1-800-252-8980
  • Provide your name change, odometer reading and signature
  • Your original IL vehicle title (if you don’t have your original title, you will need to pay a higher fee)
  • Your legal name change document(s) (marriage certificate, divorce decree, court order)
  • Payment for the applicable fee

If you prefer to make this update by mail, gather the aforementioned documents, put them in a mailing package and send them to your local DMV branch.  You will have your updated car registration documents within 10 business days from the application date.

Fees to Change your Name in Illinois

All DMV-related services and processes are charged according to the Illinois state law, and updating information on your records is not an exception. These legal fees vary depending on the service requested:

  • Title (if surrendering original IL title): $15
  • Title (without original IL title): $95
  • Registration card: $3