The Ohio name change process:
- Get your Ohio proof of name change document;
- Update the SSA;
- Visit the Ohio DPS for your Ohio driver’s license name change;
- You may update your Ohio voter registration, passport office (if traveling); IRS & USPS if moving; and last,
- Update Ohio banks, Ohio utilities, and others here.
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Read about the Ohio name change process:
1. Ohio Legal Proof of Name Change Documents
Ohio Marriage Certificate, Ohio Divorce Certificates & Birth Certificates
Ohio Birth Certificate
You may need your Ohio birth certificate to demonstrate your U.S. Citizenship with the SSA in the next step for your name change. If you don’t have one, or a U.S. passport, you can get a certified copy with the Ohio Department of Health.
Mail a completed request to:
Ohio Department of Health
P.O. Box 15098
Columbus, OH 43215-0098
Marriage and Divorce Certificates should be obtained through the Ohio Probate Court in which the original documents were issued. For example, if you can visit the Ohio county court that issued your Marriage License to get a copy of your certified Marriage Certificate.
3. Ohio Driver’s License Name Change
Ohio Driver’s License Name Change
To change your name in Ohio you must go in person to your local Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles with (1) your old Ohio driver’s license (or ID card if that’s what you’re replacing); (2) your Social Security Card (or the temporary document the SSA may have given you); (3) your Ohio legal proof of name change; and (4) the $24.50 fee ($7.50 for an Ohio state ID card).
Ohio Vehicle Title and Registration Name Change
You will also want to change your registration at the BMV. To do so, go to your Ohio BMV office with your (1) vehicle’s certificate of title; (2) Ohio legal proof of name change; and (3) the $4.50 Registration fee.
Unlike other states, Ohio doesn’t allow you to change the name on your title for some reason, but at least it’s one less form and filing fee.
Ohio Address Name Change
If you’re moving, must change your address with the Ohio BMV too. You can actually do this online or by mail, so if you don’t have time to do it in person just visit the website.
4. Ohio Voter Registration Name Change, Passport Name Change and/or Address Changes
Ohio Voter Registration Name Change
Get your Voter Registration name change information. You may be able to do it online!