Legal Name Change

If you need to change your name, you must bring a state-issued picture ID to the One Stop, along with one of the following official documents:

  • Marriage Certificate
  • Divorce Decree
  • Court Order
  • Social Security Card
  • Birth Certificate
  • or Passport (for international students)

Preferred Name Change

You may set a preferred name through BlazerNET to identify yourself within the UAB community. Your preferred name will appear instead of your legal name in university related systems and documents except where the use of your legal name is required by university business or legal need.

 

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.