California Name Change Online and Free

The California name change process:

  1. Get your California proof of name change document;
  2. Update the SSA;
  3. Visit the California DPS for your California driver’s license name change;
  4. You may update your California voter registrationpassport office (if traveling); IRS & USPS if moving; and last,
  5. Update California banks, California utilities, and others here.

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Read about the California name change process:

1. California Legal Proof of Name Change Documents

Get your proof of California Name Change Document, Marriage Certificate or Divorce Decree proving your name change.

California Marriage Certificate, California Divorce Certificates & Birth Certificate 

California Marriage Certificate

The safest place to get a certified copy of your California Marriage Certificate with your name change is through the County Recorder in the county where your marriage occurred. For “confidential marriages” you must contact the County Clerk where the marriage license was issued.

Fees vary by county.

**In California, you MAY also be able to get your Marriage Certificate while getting your birth certificate. The State office will have your marriage certificates for people married in California between 1946-1986 and 1998-1999. You should pay your fee with a check or Money Order payable to CDPH Vital Records.

For all other dates you must go to your local California County Recorder or the County Clerk where the marriage license was issued (as described above).

 Divorce Decree or Certified Certificate

The California Vital Records Offices DO NOT carry divorce decrees. You must get the divorce decree at the county’s California Superior Court where the divorce was issued.

Also, California is one of the few states that have a simple form (FL-395) if your Decree does not state your legal name change will be changing back to your maiden name. Use this form if that’s the case.

California Birth Certificates can be obtained from the California Department of Public Health’s Vital Records Office. They may have Marriage Certificate too.

CA Department of Public Health – Vital Records
MS: 5103
P.O. Box 997410
Sacramento, CA 95899-7410

Get a legal name change through court order.

2. Social Security Name Change

Social Security Name Change

3. California Driver’s License Name Change

DMV Name Change, Registration and Title

California Driver’s License Name Change

First, make sure to hurry a bit here. If you move or change your name, you have just 10 days to update the California DMV.

To change your name on your driver’s license in California, visit your local DMV in-person with (1) Completed FORM DL 44; (2) an original or certified copy of your proof of name change document; (3) your old driver’s license and (4) the fee of $27 for your new driver’s license ($29 for ID; Free if over 62 yrs.; or $8 if you qualify for a reduced fee).

Note that you may have your thumb print taken. Also, make sure to look good because you’ll likely be taking a new photograph.

You should receive your new driver’s license in the mail in about sixty days or less.

California Name Change on ID card

The process is identical the California driver’s license detailed above.


California Vehicle Title and Registration Name Change

You may change your name on your title or registration In-Person or Through the Mail.

FREE if you have your Vehicle’s Title

Get your Vehicle Title with your old name on it and put your new name on it.

It will be $20 if you require a new Title along with completed REG 227 form.

In order to get a new California Registration Card with your new name, you can request a new copy here.

California DMV notes: When making transactions by MAIL you must pay by check or MO. Credit cards ARE NOT ACCEPTED for in-person transactions. You MUST pay with CASH, CHECK, MO, or ATM/Debit Cards.

4. California Voter Registration Name Change, Passport Name Change and/or Address Changes

California name change on voter registration

California Voter Registration Name Change

Register or change your name by using the California’s online tool.


Moving? IRS and USPS Name Change forms and information.

Traveling? Passport Name Change forms and information.

 5. Telling Everyone Else about your Name Change

Change your name with California banks, credit cards and everyone else.