To obtain a corrected license, permit or identification card, drivers should visit an MVA office location. Applicants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian to co-sign the application.
If drivers change their names and/or Maryland addresses, Maryland law requires them to notify the MVA within 30 days. Address changes for a noncommercial license or ID card may be changed by mail, online or by MVA self-serve kiosk. Name changes must be done in person at any MVA full service office. Commercial driver's license and learner's permit holders must apply for a corrected license or permit in person at any MVA full service office. For name changes, customer are required to submit acceptable documentation to substantiate the change.
Customers must have changed their name with the Social Security Administration prior to coming to the MVA, The corrected license or ID card will not be issued if the new desired name change does not match the Social Security Administration's records.
If the name is different from the name on your birth certificate, then you are required to provide the MVA with an original or certified copy (from the issuing agency) of the document or documents that changed your name (i.e. marriage certificate, divorce decree, court ordered name change). However, a cross-reference record must be created with the name on your birth certificate. It may take the 48 hours or more to update the records at the Social Security Administration before the MVA can electronically verify the name change.
If you need a duplicate card or license to replace one that was lost, stolen or mutilated, see obtaining a duplicate license, permit, or identification (ID) card.
If you need to change or correct information on a vehicle-related title, registration card, etc., see changing or correcting customer name and address or correcting vehicle related information. The new address information will also be automatically recorded in your vehicle records.
Maryland's federally compliant and non-compliant driver’s licenses are mailed to the Maryland residential address on file. All current/previous Maryland driver’s licenses (if applicable) are returned along with a new interim receipt; or the out-of-state driver’s license is invalidated by the MVA with a hole punch and returned with a new interim receipt. Once you have been processed for a federally compliant or non-compliant full driver’s license you may use your expiring Maryland driver’s license or out-of-state driver’s license (if applicable) along with the paper interim receipt that you received from the MVA as a valid license with which to drive until you receive your actual photo license. You should expect to receive your license in the mail within 10 days. Be sure to destroy your current photo license after you have received your new license.
Under what circumstances can I report changed or incorrect information without going to an MVA office?
You may submit your request to change an address for a noncommercial license, noncommercial learner’s or moped permit or ID card by mail, telephone or online.
When must I report changed/corrected information in person?
For any changes/corrections to a commercial learner’s permit or license or for changes/corrections, other than an address, to a noncommercial license, noncommercial permit or ID card, you must submit your request in person at any MVA full service office. Commercial driver's license and permit holders must visit a MVA full service office to obtain a corrected license or permit. Unless you are requesting changes to your height/weight or organ donor status, you will need to bring with you:
- The license or permit that needs to be changed.
- Proofs of identity used to obtain the license or card.
- Proof of your current name if you are requesting a name change:
- Marriage certificate
- The MVA will typically only accept a marriage certificate or a certificate of marriage that has been certified and issued by that jurisdiction's proper government authority, such as their department of vital records/statistics or their local or state court system.
- Maryland issues marriage licenses to same-sex couples. A certified copy of the marriage certificate must be presented to the MVA if a name change is requested. The MVA also recognizes same-sex marriages or civil unions performed in other jurisdictions.
- Divorce decree
- Court order
- Social Security card and birth certificate in cases of “common law” name change
- If you are less than 18 years old, your parent or legal guardian must accompany you and sign the application.
- A valid/current medical examiner's certificate (DOT Card) and an intrastate waiver/Interstate exemption, (if required) must be provided for all MVA commercial driver's license transactions. See CDL Medical/Physical Requirements for more information.
How do I report changes in my height/weight?
You are only required to report height changes of 2 inches or more and weight changes of 20 pounds or more. To report the changes, you must go in person to any MVA office. Remember to bring the license or card that you wish to change.
- There is a fee for a new license or ID card that is issued because of changed or incorrect information unless you are removing a vision restriction, adding or removing organ donor, or adding or removing veteran designation.
- There is no fee for the correction attachment card (for changes of address).
If you wish to designate that you are an organ donor, a red heart symbol can be added to your driver's license or ID card. You may request a corrected driver's license or ID card through the MVA's web site, kiosk or in person at any full service MVA office.
There is no fee for adding or removing an organ donor designation or the red heart symbol. There is no fee for obtaining a corrected driver's license or ID card if the only change is the organ donor designation or the red heart symbol.
The MVA offers a veteran designation on a driver’s license or identification (ID) card for qualifying veterans. The designation indicates that you are eligible for state or federal veteran benefits and there is no fee to add or remove the designation on your license or ID card.
To qualify, please present your United States military veteran documentation (original or certified copy issued by the appropriate department/agency) certifying your veteran status. You can also use a blue card, the identification card for retired uniformed service members (DD form 2). You can add the veteran designation when you apply for, renew or correct your driver’s license or ID card.
For more information, please click here.
Please click here for information and instructions on how to change the gender designation as it appears on your driver's license, identification card, or learner's permit.