Important Information About
Ohio's New Compliant DL-ID Driver License and the Probate Court
If you intend to obtain a Compliant DL-ID the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) will require you to present proof of a Name Change if the current legal name you use is different than the name listed on your Birth Certificate, Passport, or documents issued by the US DHS (Department of Homeland Security).
The Lucas County Probate Court can help you solve some of the problems you may encounter.
Problem 1: Your name changed because of marriage.
Solution: You can obtain a certified copy of your marriage record from the Lucas County Probate Court. Please send your request to the Lucas County Probate Court, 700 Adams Street, Toledo, OH 43604. The current cost for a copy is $2.00. Payment may be made by personal check or money order payable to the Lucas County Probate Court. Cash is also accepted.
Problem 2: The name you use doesn't match the name on your Birth Certificate.
Solution: If you have been a Lucas County resident for the past 12 months, you may apply for a name change at the Lucas County Probate Court. Directions and Forms may be found at lucas-co-probate-ct.org/forms.
Problem 3: I don't know what name is on my Birth Certificate.
Solution: Order a certified copy of your Birth Certificate from the Ohio Department of Vital Statistics. Learn more at: odh.ohio.gov
Problem 4: I returned to my maiden name when I divorced.
Solution: Obtain a copy of your Decree of Divorce, Dissolution or annulment of marriage.
For information contact Lucas County Clerk of Courts, Domestic Relations Division at 419-213-6902.
Problem 5: I have been married more than once.
Solution: If you have had more than one marriage you may need to bring documentation from each marriage and/or divorce to connect your Birth Certificate, passport, or US DHS documents to your current name.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Lucas County Probate Court at 419-213-4775 or visit our website at www.lucas-co-probate-ct.org.
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