Post # 1
The DMV doesn’t answer their phone for whatever reason and I have some questions. The main thing is, I want to know if they take a new pic when you go to have your name changed. I feel weird becoming Mrs. when I still have a pic of me at age 18 on the license lol. And do they just send you a new license with the same expiration date? Or is it like renewing it when you do the name change process?
Post # 3
Don’t feel bad, I am 27 and the picture on my license is from when I was 17. I will be following this thread, because I am curious as well. I still have to do all that name change stuff, I have been slacking big time….
Post # 4
Depending on the state (but I assume most of them are similar), you need to go there in person and they will take a new pictures. At least they did for me! Some states require you to already have your new SS card in hand as well, though I didn’t need mine yet here in VA.
Post # 5
In Texas you take a new pic. Or at least I had to.
Post # 6
Yep they do. At least where I live, you HAVE to go in person to change your name or renew and you get to wait forever for your turn too! You can do address changes online tho and they just keep using the same pic they have on file. I don’t have to renew mine until 2017 or something crazy like that!
Post # 7
Yes, you do. I was not super thrilled because my wedding was just a few months after I had turned 25, and I had to get a new license at 25, so that was 2 in one year!! not cheap!!
Post # 9
I don’t know about other states, but mine doesn’t store the pictures. I had to get a new one taken. I also had to bring my marriage certificate and proof from Social Security that I changed my name (actual new card hadn’t arrived yet, but you can get a printout from their office 24 hours after you have the change done).
Post # 10
I obviously haven’t had mine done yet, since my wedding is in October, but I’m fairly sure they do take a new photo in Ohio. They do it anytime they have to print you a new license.
It sounds like this may not be the case at your BMV, though…did they not take a new photo and give you a new license when you turned 21? If they usually take a new photo when you renew, expect to take a new one when you change your name. Otherwise, I’m guessing they may not.
Post # 11
I’m in Missouri.
I had to get a new picture taken.
In fact, I was updating 2 IDs (my driver’s license and my CCW permit (CCW permit could be included on the driver’s license, but I get mine on a seperate state ID because I don’t want to announce to any random cashier checking my ID that I have my CCW)) at the same time, and they took a seperate picture for each ID.
Post # 12
@yellowlace: That’s part of my concern. I’ll do the name change and then my license expires a few months after, so I guess I’ll have to go back and get a new one :/ And I’ll be out of state when it expires so it would be really nice if I could go ahead and renew it when I do the name change.
Post # 13
I got married at 24 but waited till a couple of months before my 25th birthday to change my name on my license so that I could renew it at the same time.
I’m in Ohio, and they took a new photo.
Post # 14
@anemonie: My license doesn’t expire until my 24th birthday. I know some people got new ones after turning 21 so it wouldn’t say “under 21”, but I never really cared enough to do it. As long as the birthdate says I’m old enough, then I’m good 😛
Post # 15
Yeah, it does suck with the timing but I wonder if you could hold off until your birthday? I know some places let you get a new licence a few weeks or a month ahead of time, so maybe you could do it that way. It’s really not too huge of a deal if you have to do it 2 times, just a nuisance. If you do have to do it twice then you won’t have to worry if the first picture is bad since you won’t have it long!!
Unfortunately my birthday picture actually turned out really good but then i had to get rid of it a few months later. Figures… lol
Post # 16
@mimsmims7: According to the Texas DPS website, you have a up to a year beforehand to renew your license before the expiration, so you may not have to. Maybe just tell the cashier you would like to renew at the same time? I think you’re supposed to apply for the new license for a name change within a certain time frame, so I wouldn’t wait just to be safe.