The West Virginia name change process:
- Get your West Virginia proof of name change document;
- Update the SSA;
- Visit the West Virginia DPS for your West Virginia driver’s license name change;
- You may update your West Virginia voter registration, passport office (if traveling); IRS & USPS if moving; and last,
- Update West Virginia banks, West Virginia utilities, and others here.
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1. West Virginia Legal Proof of Name Change Documents
West Virginia Marriage Certificate, West Virginia Divorce Certificates & Birth Certificates
Certified Copies of Birth Certificates and Marriage Certificates
In West Virginia, the Department of Health, Office of Vital Records maintains copies of birth certificates. You may request copies for $12.00 for both Birth and Certified Marriage Certificates (after 1964).
Mail your request, along with the fee. Make out your personal check or money order payable to the Vital Registration.
You may need to include a copy of your government issued ID, and additional information with your request, such as your date of birth, the county in which you were born, mother’s name, etc. Detailed instructions can be obtained at the link below.
Complete the form, or letter request, then, send it here:
Vital Registration Office
350 Capitol Street
Charleston, WV 25301-3701
Certified Copies of Marriage Certificates MAY be obtained from the Department of Health as well. Unfortunately, we were unable to verify this at present. Please contact the West Virginia Department of Health directly at the SOURCES links below.
Certified copies of Marriage Certificates are ALSO available in West Virginia by contacting the county clerk in the county where the marriage license was issued. If you need a Certified Marriage Certificate before 1964, you must get it through the county clerk as the Department of Health’s Vital Registration Office does not have them.
Divorce Decrees in West Virginia can obtained by contacting the Clerk of the Court where it was issued.
SOURCES – West Virginia State Department of Health and Human Resources. Check their website for updated fees and to confirm forms as necessary.
3. West Virginia Driver’s License Name Change
West Virginia Driver’s License Name Change
You must visit your local West Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in person to change your name on your driver’s license or ID card.
To do this, make sure you bring your:
- a completed DMV-DS-23P form (application for driver’s license);
- your current West Virginia ID card, driver’s license (or U.S. birth certificate or U.S. Passport to prove your ID);
- an original or certified copy of your West Virginia, legal name change document;
- Social Security Card; and
- the fee of $5 (driver’s license); a “REAL ID” fee is $10.
You may also be required to prove your address if you’re also moving. To do so, you can bring a utility bill, leasing agreement, etc.
West Virginia Vehicle Title and Registration Name Change
You also need to change your name on the title and registration if you own a vehicle in West Virginia. In general, you will need the above documents and:
- the current title and registration documents; and
- the fee of $5 (registration) and $10 (title).
There may be another form, or you may need to simply fill out the title in a similar many when you sell the vehicle “passing ownership” to your new name.
Moving? In West Virginia you need to notify the DMV within 20 days. You can notify of them of the change in person (and in writing), as described above, when getting your driver’s license. Make sure to bring some proof, such as your utility bills or leasing agreements.
You can also notify them in writing through the mail. Make sure to see our moving links below in Step 4 to update the IRS, USPS and others!
4. West Virginia Voter Registration Name Change, Passport Name Change and/or Address Changes
West Virginia Voter Registration Name Change
Get your Voter Registration name change information. You may be able to do it online!