Preferred Name FAQ

What is a Preferred Name?


A preferred name is a name that you choose to be called that is different from your legal name. UAB allows you to do this by setting a preferred name through your BlazerNET account. When you select a preferred name, it will appear instead of your legal name on key documents your instructors use such as course rosters and final grades. Your legal name will continue to appear where required by university business or legal need (e.g., academic records, transcripts, diplomas, financial aid and scholarship documents). To request an official name change for your first name or family/last name, you must present appropriate legal documentation (marriage certificate or court order, along with photo ID) at One Stop Student Services. We are reviewing additional ways that preferred name may be incorporated in items such as Canvas, the ONE Card as well as other software systems.

Who Can Set a Preferred Name?


Preferred names are set using BlazerNET, therefore, only you can set, change and/or delete your preferred name.

How Do I Set My Preferred Name?


You may set your preferred name through BlazerNET.

Do I have to enter a preferred name?


No, you do not have to enter a preferred name. This service is for students who wish to be known by something other than their primary legal name.

How do I correct or change my legal name?


You can bring name change documentation (such as a court order or driver’s license) to the One Stop office in the Residence Life Center of Blazer Hall.