Name Changes


Students, faculty and staff are required to provide their full legal name at the time of admission or hiring.  However, they are able to indicate how they would like to be addressed within the campus community regardless of their legal name.  Therefore, as long as the use of an individual’s “preferred name” is not for the purposes of misrepresentation or falsification, it will be accommodated for campus use and documents except where the use of the individual’s legal name is required for university business or legal need.  The legal name will still be required and used for all official, external communication.

Students can designate a preferred name within MyBLUE and employees (including student employees) may designate a preferred name at the HR office or via a PDF – Personnel Data Change form.  No legal documentation is required to make a change to the first and/or middle name used as a preferred name.  Changes to the last name for all individuals will only be done with proper documentation. 

 For the most part, the legal name will be used for all external purposes, such as press releases, data transmittals to governmental agencies or servicing agencies, and formal legal documents such as transcripts and diplomas.  Preferred name will be used primarily for internal purposes, including class rosters, advisor center and student center in MyBLUE.

 Effective Fall 2016, ID cards will allow the preferred name to be printed on the front and the legal (primary) name to be printed on the back.  If no preferred name is designated, the legal name will appear in both places. Students who choose to declare a preferred name are not required to obtain a new ID card but if they choose to do so, a replacement fee will be charged.

Email username will be created based on the preferred name, if available.


The University of Nebraska must take reasonable steps to assure the name used by a student on educational records is the student's legal name. To change the legal name used on student records, a student must provide documentation in one of the following forms: 

  1. A copy of a social security card.
  2. Passport
  3. A certified copy of a court decree dissolving a marriage and restoring a maiden name or a certified copy of the court order directing a change of name.

The Office of University Registrar uses the following procedures to process the name change requests.

  1. The student completes the Name Change Form.
  2. The student is asked to present certification in a manner cited above.
  3. The source of the official documentation is identified on the Name Change Form.
  4. The student's permanent record file and computer records are changed.
  5. Individuals no longer enrolled who request a name change may present the itemized documentation cited above and their records will be so noted. Past entries will remain as posted on the permanent record.