Change of Name on Iowa Car Registration

Have you recently gotten married, divorced, or had to change your legal name? The Iowa MVD recommends that you change the name on your IA 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 MVD related services for a fee, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. In addition to assistance in preparing official forms, the value added services and products you will receive include a comprehensive Easy Guide™ containing information relevant to your service needs; 30 days of both emergency Roadside Assistance and the Repair Assist consultation service from Road America. 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 MVD in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local MVD.

3: Via a MVD office

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




Name Change On Iowa Car Registration

To change the name on your driver's license, you must visit any Iowa Driver's License office in person. You need to bring your proof of name change such as a certified marriage certificate, court order under petition for name change, court order for name change in a divorce or adoption decree, etc. You need to bring the originals, copies are not accepted. If your name change is due to marriage, make sure to bring a marriage certificate issued by the state office of vital statistics or equivalent agency in your state or country of marriage. The cost for updating your name in your driver's license is $10.