Replacing a driver's license due to a change of surname

Often, after marriage, girls change their surname, but continue to drive with their old driver's license. Is it necessary to change it? What documents are needed for this and can I get a new license right in the Diia app?

Do I need to update my driver's license after changing my last name?

According to the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine dated 08.05.1993 No. 340 "On Approval of the Regulation on the Procedure for Issuing Driver's Licenses and Admitting Citizens to Drive Vehicles", updating a driver's license after changing personal data is a direct obligation. So, you need to do it. But how?

How to replace a driver's license

You can exchange your license at any service center of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, regardless of your registered place of residence. You can also do this online in the driver's electronic cabinet or directly in the Diia app. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Log in 

  2. Click "Services"

  3. Click "Replace driver's license"

  4. Select the reason

  5. Choose a service center to receive the document (or agree to an electronic document)

  6. Confirm your contact information and sign the application

Then you have to pay for the service within 10 minutes and wait for an invitation to the selected service center. 

Documents required to exchange a driver's license

You do not need to pass any exams to get a new driver's license. To do this, you should prepare the following documents:

  • passport or ID card (or other identity document);;

  • a copy of your taxpayer identification number;

  • "old" driver's license;

  • marriage certificate;

  • receipt of payment for an administrative service.

During martial law, a medical certificate is not required to renew a driver's license.

What are the terms for replacing a driver's license?

The paradox is that the law clearly states that a driver must update his or her license if personal data changes, but there is no liability for non-compliance with the law.

Thus, a driver's license can be replaced without passing exams, and the previous license is withdrawn. The approximate cost of this procedure is UAH 243.