1.  A person must request that the Department change his or her full legal name on an identification card issued by the Department after a legal change of the person‘s name indicated on:

Terms Used In Nevada Revised Statutes 483.8605

  • Affidavit: A written statement of facts confirmed by the oath of the party making it, before a notary or officer having authority to administer oaths.
  • Department: means the Department of Motor Vehicles. See Nevada Revised Statutes 481.015
  • full legal name: means a natural person"s first name, middle name and family name or last name, without the use of initials or a nickname. See Nevada Revised Statutes 481.015
  • person: means a natural person, any form of business or social organization and any other nongovernmental legal entity including, but not limited to, a corporation, partnership, association, trust or unincorporated organization. See Nevada Revised Statutes 0.039

(a) An order of a court of competent jurisdiction changing the name of the person;

(b) A decree of adoption;

(c) A certificate of marriage; or

(d) A decree of divorce.

2.  A request required pursuant to subsection 1 must:

(a) Be made on a form prescribed by the Department; and

(b) Include an original or certified copy of the order, decree or certificate.

3.  A person may request that the Department change his or her full legal name on an identification card issued by the Department upon adoption, marriage, divorce or the death of a spouse. Such a request must be made on a form prescribed by the Department and must include:

(a) Upon adoption, an original or certified copy of a decree of adoption and an affidavit on a form prescribed by the Department indicating the person’s choice to:

(1) Change his or her last name to the last name of one of his or her adoptive parents;

(2) Use his or her last name hyphenated with the last name of one of his or her adoptive parents; or

(3) Replace his or her middle name with his or her last name and use as his or her last name the last name of one of his or her adoptive parents.

(b) Upon marriage, an original or certified copy of a certificate of marriage and an affidavit on a form prescribed by the Department indicating the person’s choice to:

(1) Change his or her last name to the last name of his or her spouse;

(2) Use his or her last name hyphenated with the last name of his or her spouse; or

(3) Replace his or her middle name with his or her last name and use as his or her last name the last name of his or her spouse.

(c) Upon divorce, an original or certified copy of a decree of divorce and an affidavit on a form prescribed by the Department indicating the person’s choice to:

(1) Change his or her last name back to a last name he or she used before the marriage; or

(2) If he or she changed his or her name pursuant to subparagraph (3) of paragraph (b), change his or her middle name and last name back to the middle name and last name he or she used before the marriage.

(d) Upon the death of a spouse, an original or certified copy of a certificate of marriage and an original or certified copy of a death certificate and an affidavit on a form prescribed by the Department indicating the person’s choice to:

(1) Change his or her last name back to a name he or she used before the marriage; or

(2) If he or she changed his or her name pursuant to subparagraph (3) of paragraph (b), change his or her middle name and last name back to the middle name and last name he or she used before the marriage.

4.  Upon receipt of a request that meets the requirements of subsection 2 or 3, the Department shall:

(a) Change the full legal name of a person on the identification card issued to the person by the Department; and

(b) Provide to the person who requested the change a document which evidences that such a change was made pursuant to this section.

5.  The Department may charge and collect, for a change to an identification card pursuant to this section, the fee provided in NRS 483.820.