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Legal vs. preferred name change

Legal name change

A legal name change is first completed through the government. To apply for a legal name change, you will need to follow the steps outlined in your home province or country. If you are from Ontario, you can visit the Service Ontario website for details on how to apply for a legal name change.

Your legal name is the one used on official university documents and records, such as:

  • confirmation of enrolment
  • degree parchments and certificates
  • graduation letters
  • reports to government
  • transcript 

Other areas within the university that can be updated with your legal name change include:

  • alumni card
  • Blackboard
  • class list
  • email display name
  • MyCampus
  • student email
  • student ID card

Preferred name change

A preferred name is the name you choose to use but is not your legal name. Updating your preferred first name will not alter the legal name used on official university documents and records. 

Areas within the university that can be updated with your preferred first name include:

  • alumni card
  • Blackboard
  • class list
  • email display name
  • student email
  • student ID card