Change of Name on Minnesota Car Registration

Have you recently gotten married, divorced, or had to change your legal name? The Minnesota DVS recommends that you change the name on your MN car registration as soon as possible. Select from the options below to get started.

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1: Get Started with Online Application Assistance

Application assistance services can simplify the process for many DVS related services for a fee, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and a quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips, trends, legislative updates and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.

2: By mail

Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the DVS in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local DVS.

3: Via a DVS office

If your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at your local DVS office. Varying DVS offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the DVS closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your DVS allows you to make a personal appointment.

Name Change On Minnesota Car Registration

When your name changes due to your marital status or other issues, there are certain procedures to be followed in Minnesota. State law requires you to file in the county where you live, and you must reside in-state for at least six months. During a name change hearing at court, you must bring two adult witnesses who have known you for at least one year. If you are married, your spouse should be a witness. If your witnesses cannot speak English, you must provide an interpreter at your own expense. Once the change is enacted, you will have to update your driver's license within 30 days.