How do I change my name with the university?

Legal name changes

Students, Faculty, and Staff who need to request a change to their legal name, legal sex, or date of birth in the University Administrative System must do so in person at the appropriate office.

Faculty & Staff: In order to change your name on your personnel and payroll records, you must present an original legal document that reflects your new name to the Human Resources Office, which is located in room 102 of Shelbie King Hall. You can call them at 256-824-6545 or email them at

Students: In order to change your name on your student records, you must present an original legal document that reflects your new name to the Registrar's Office in room 120 of the Student Services Building. You can call them at 256-824-7777 or email them at

If you are an employee and a student, please update your records with Human Resources and the Office of the Registrar.

Examples of accepted legal documents include: Driver's license, marriage or divorce record, military records and passport. A new social security card can be obtained through your local Social Security Administration Office. Please bring an original legal document reflecting your new name to support your request for the name change.

my Social Security allows you to update your Social Security Card information.

Preferred name changes

Students, faculty, and staff have the ability to change their preferred first name through myUAH by following the steps below. This name will be what is displayed on Canvas, DegreeWorks, and some other identification. 

  1. Navigate to
  2. Under the "Student Records" heading, select Personal Information.
  3. Then, select Personal Detail.
  4. If you are on a desktop device, click the Edit button at the top right of the "Personal Details" box. For mobile devices, select "View Full Profile" at the bottom of the screen (you may need to refresh the page to see this option) and then click the Edit button at the bottom of the screen.
  5. Fill out the "Preferred First Name" field and click Update.

For information on changing your name in your Google Account, please visit

To request a change to your email alias, visit and login. Then, click the My Email tab. Enter the alias (what precedes the @ sign) you wish to use, check it's available, and submit your request for an available new email alias. Your new alias will replace your existing one (so future email messages addressed to your original email alias will bounce).

For further assistance with updating your preferred name, please contact the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.


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Tue 10/11/22 10:42 AM
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