The Alabama name change process:
- Get a certified copy of your Alabama proof of name change document;
- Update the SSA;
- Visit the Alabama DPS for your Alabama driver’s license name change;
- You may update your Alabama voter registration, passport office (if traveling); IRS & USPS if moving; and last,
- Update Alabama banks, Alabama utilities, and others here.
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1. Alabama Legal Proof of Name Change Documents
Alabama Marriage Certificate, Alabama Divorce Certificates & Birth Certificates
To get an Alabama marriage certificate, divorce decree or birth certificate:
- Complete the HS-14 Application;
- Mail or submit in-person;
- Mail your form and fee to:
- Alabama Vital Records
P.O. Box 5625
Montgomery, Alabama 36103-5625
- Alabama Vital Records
- In-person: Take your form and fee to ANY county health department in Alabama. Map of Alabama Health Departments.
- Mail your form and fee to:
- Fees: $15 for first certified copy and $6 for each additional copy.
- NOTE: if they can’t find your certified copy for some reason, you will still need to pay $15 for the search fee.
If you have any questions or need to expedite the process you may call (334) 206-5418.
2. Social Security Name Change
(Do this BEFORE changing your name on your Alabama driver’s license!!!)
3. Alabama Driver’s License Name Change
Alabama Driver’s License Name Change
GOOD NEWS! You can schedule an appointment in Alabama here. Depending on the county you select, it could take up to two months to get an appointment, so keep that in mind (an address change in Alabama must be reported within 30 days, so you may need to start sooner).
Bring the following IN-PERSON to (1) a probate judge, (2) license commissioner or (3) ALEA Driver License office. Locate one near you here.
- valid name change document (e.g., marriage certificate, divorce decree, court order or legal name change document); and
- proof that your name has been changed with the Social Security Administration; and
- the “duplicate license fee” of $31.25.
Note: NOT ALL COUNTIES ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS. Most do, but to be safe, bring cash.
Alabama state will give you a new temporary paper license that same day and mail the permanent one to your home.
Alabama Vehicle Title and Registration Name Change
Alabama’s name change process on car registration and vehicle title varies slightly by county. Generally, you must take the items listed below to your local Alabama Department of Revenue, or to what’s called a “Designated Agent.” If it’s not convenient to go to the Alabama Department of Revenue, “Designated Agents,” include: County License Plate Issuing Officials, Alabama motor vehicle dealers and some local banks and credit unions.
Bring the following items:
- Title Replacement Form;
- AL driver’s license with new name;
- Proof of your name change (see step 1);
- Your current registration papers and vehicle’s title; and
- filing fees (duplicate title $15 & registration $3).
4. Alabama Voter Registration Name Change, Passport Name Change and/or Address Changes
Alabama Voter Registration Name Change
More good news!! You can use the same form to Register to Vote or update your voter registration address.
You may also update your name and address by submitting a new State of Alabama Voter Registration Form (Form NVRA-2) to your county office of Board of Registrars. Make sure to file the form in your NEW county of residence.
Changing Your Address in Alabama
Good news here! No fee and you can do this WITHOUT having to leave your house. Also note that Alabama law requires notifying ALEA within 30 days!
- Complete the Change of Address Form;
- Mail it to any ALEA Driver License Office (or you may drop it off in person)
5. Telling Everyone Else about your Name Change
A Name Change Conversation with my daughter
WARNING! Please do not read any further if you hate laughing, or don’t have time. This is just a little story I thought I’d share. If you’ve read this far, let’s face it, you must be incredibly bored. This name-change stuff is so tedious. Why do we even do this anymore? Why can’t we just keep our names? Well, you’re not alone. Here’s my six year old’s hot take:
Penelope: (By the way, that’s not really my daughter’s name. I figured I’d change it for her privacy) What are you doing?
Me: I’m trying to create a website to help people change their names.
Me: Because people sometimes change their names, especially after they get married, and it’s a big pain. I’m learning how to program and thought this would be a cool website idea.
Penelope: But why do they change it? I like my name.
Me: You don’t have to change it. And not your first name. Just your last name.
Penelope: What do they change it to.
Me: Usually to the guy’s name. You see how all of our last name’s are the same. We all take daddy’s last name, right?
Penelope: No way. When I get older I’m going to make him take my last name.
Me: What if he doesn’t want to?
Penelope: Then we’re not getting married. I’ll just find a new guy. Or maybe we can just both keep our names.
Me: Then what will your kids do? Will they take your last name or his?
Penelope: Hmmm. We can share. Maybe one takes my name, one takes his. Or maybe they make up their own when they get older. Something they like.
Me: But that will get so tricky. Everyone with different names.
Penelope: They can use your website.
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