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South Carolina Real ID Name Change

South Carolina Real ID Name Change

South Carolina Real ID Name Changes

Beginning May 15th South Carolina citizens will be eligible to obtain Real ID compliant identification cards or driver’s licenses from the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Real ID compliant identification will be required to board commercial aircraft, enter Federal buildings (like the Social Security Administration or Courthouse), or enter a military base (like Fort Jackson).

In order to obtain a Real ID compliant identification you must have supporting documents to include:

  • Proof of Address (recent utility bills or employment records)
  • Proof of citizenship (Passport or Birth Certificate)
  • Proof of Social Security Number

You also will need to show a “complete chain” of recordings verifying your name from birth until the present. This is going to cause many people serious grief.

If you have changed your name, for any reason, since your birth, you will need records verifying the process you undertook. This includes situations where your Social Security records, existing DMV records, or other documents may contain a misspelling, variation on your name, or a nickname.

If this applies to you, and you are unable to show documentation verifying each name you have used since birth, the easiest and quickest solution may just be to obtain a legal South Carolina name change. This is a court order that will establish your name at birth and certify your current name.

The Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC, is available to help South Carolina residents from any county in quickly and cost-effectively seeking a name-change Court order. The complete process may be completed in as little as 4 weeks. In many instances a court hearing may not be required.


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