Legal Name Change Request Form

Name tags and Sharpies sit on a table.

The Office of the Registrar requests notification and accompanying documentation when you officially change your legal name. Please complete the form on this page to verify your new legal name.

If you need to update your Preferred Name, you may do so in Catalyst. Your preferred name will not change your official name used by the University of Cincinnati on your academic record.

Supporting Documentation

Verify from the list below what supporting/authenticating documents can be used as evidence to support your Legal Name Change Request Form. If multiple options are listed, only one is required.

Note: At least one supporting/authenticating document must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar.


  • Copy of Driver's License


  • Copy of Driver's License
  • Copy of Social Security Card
  • Copy of Marriage Certificate


  • Copy of Legal Divorce Decree (the first page and the page authorizing the name change are sufficient)

Legal Name Change

  • Copy of Court Order of Legal Name Change


  • Copy of Naturalization Document
  • Copy of Passport

Religious Reasons

  • Copy of Court Order of Legal Name Change

Submit Your Legal Name Change Request

Updating Your Student ID (Bearcat Card)

Once your name has been changed by the Office of the Registrar, you may obtain a new student ID (Bearcat Card) at the Keys & Badges Desk in 4 Edwards Center. Call 513-556-4925 or email for additional information.

Updating Your Username

Changing your username is not required. However, if you would like to request a change to your username associated with the Central Login Service, contact the IT@UC Service Desk online or by calling 513-556-HELP/ 513-556-4357.