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Changing your name on your driver’s license is NOT the same as a court order for name change. A court order for name change is much stronger.
You need to get your legal name change in court. Failure to do so may mean you are not legally considered your new name, which can lead to legal problems involving employment, marriage and other matters down the road.
With the passing of the REAL ID Act, US states now link their driving records with Social Security records, passports, and other federal documents. You may need to get your Social Security information change before your driver’s license in some states. You may also need to get your birth certificate change (where available) based on your state’s requirements.