23.3.127 FULL LEGAL NAME, NAME COMBINATION AND LENGTH
as provided in (3) , an applicant's full legal name is required on a driver's
license application, including a renewal application, and on the license
(2) For driver licensing and identification card
purposes, an applicant's full legal name is deemed to be the individual's name
as shown on the primary document presented by the applicant under ARM 23.3.131
applicant submits one or more documents as specified in ARM 23.3.128 that
verify a name change;
applicant wants to replace a middle name with the applicant's last name prior
to marriage; or
(c) the name
has been truncated in accordance with (3) .
(3) The space provided for recording a name on a
driver's license or identification card may not exceed 31 characters, including
up to three field delimiters.
(a) If the name exceeds 31 characters on an
original or renewal application, the name will be truncated by the department
in a manner that will permit proper printing on the license or card.
(i) If the name of an applicant must be shortened,
each middle name will be truncated through the second letter of the middle
name. Each middle initial must be
(ii) If, after truncating the middle name(s) , the
name still exceeds 31 characters, the first name will be truncated through the
second letter of the first name. The
first initial of the first name must be recorded.
(b) If an
individual has only one name, that name must be recorded as the individual's
(c) If the
individual's first name is unknown, no first name may be recorded.
(d) Multiple middle names must be recorded without
a space separation and, if necessary, truncated according to (3) (a) (i) .
titles of address, such as "Ms" or "Dr", may be recorded
unless such title actually appears on the primary document presented by the
(f) If an
individual has more than one middle name or more than one last name, the last
name must be recorded in combination separated by a hyphen only if that is how
it is recorded on the presenting primary document.
(4) A license renewal applicant will not be
required to present a primary document to verify the applicant's full legal
name unless the driver record maintained by the department for the applicant
needs to be updated because the applicant's name changed after the prior
license was issued.
History: Sec. 61-5-125, MCA; IMP, Sec. 61-5-107, 61-5-111, MCA; NEW, 2000 MAR p. 2524, Eff. 9/22/00; AMD, 2002 MAR p. 1316, Eff. 4/26/02.