Today I surrendered my California identity.
And became temporarily Texan.
I say temporarily because my license is currently a laser-printed 8.5 x 11 piece of paper, until I receive my brand spankin’ new Texas driver’s license.
Then I’ll be fully legit. Technically Texan.
Yesterday was our eight month anniversary (it has totally flown by!) and today I got over the last of my excuses and dread for the DMV (but here in Texas is the DPS), and finally went. It was actually fairly painless. I didn’t get any kind of grief about how I wanted to change my name (by adding Cent’s last name to mine, no hyphen). I had simple eye exam and they took my picture. And at the end of my discourse with the DPS lady (and she was quite friendly), I had to surrender my California Driver’s License.
I know, I’m so dramatic about this, but I just gave away my ID! With a picture that was taken when I was fifteen. I hope they end up shredding, because no one needs to see it. Just sayin’.
So for those of you wondering about how to change your name and get a new driver’s license and finally just do it, if you’re a procrastinator like me, or you want information to prepare yourself for when the day comes, here are 8 easy steps to change your name on your Driver’s License in Texas:
- Make sure you have Marriage Certificate, Social Security Card, Passport or other official picture ID, vehicle registration, and proof of insurance.
- If you are changing your name and have had a Texas license, it’s $10. If you are changing your name and have an out of state license like me, it’s $25. Cash or check only.
- Once you get to your local Department of Public Safety Office (DPS), you’ll get the paperwork to fill out and a number.
- Then you wait until your number is called. I believe I waited about 45 minutes.
- Once your number is called, you’ll show all your documents and paperwork to the clerk, take an eye exam, get fingerprinted (thumbs only), and have your photo taken.
- The clerk will ask you how you want your name to appear on your license. In my case it’s my NEW LAST NAME, First Name Maiden Name. (Note: Your NEW last name must be on your marriage certificate in order to change your name, FYI.)
- Pay the fee.
- Surrender your old Driver’s License. DONE.
Not too bad, right? Next up, conquering the Social Security office. I wasn’t quite up to sitting in another government office for the afternoon, so I’m leaving that until next week. Promise.