Current and former students may have need to change the name associated with their academic record to reflect accurately the name by which they are known in the larger world. Typical reasons for a name change include marriage, divorce, naturalization, use of a variation of the name, etc.
If you need to change your name, the University at Buffalo must change all of your records to reflect your new name. After we do that, your UB financial records, your future academic transcripts, and your future diploma will carry only your new name.
In order to effect a name change, you will need to complete a Student Name Change Form and provide acceptable documentation that shows your new name.
Acceptable documentation. The following types of documents can be used:
Photographic documents that show the new name. Typical documents: driver’s license; passport, alien registration card (Green Card)
Legal documents that show the former and new names. Typical documents: marriage certificate, divorce decree, naturalization papers; court approval of name change
• Can be used to document name change for complete change or first or last name
Notarized statement declaring two variations as representing the same person
• Can be used for variation of the existing name, e.g. “John V. Brown” is the name on UB records; “J. Vernon Brown” is the name requested.
Name Change Process
1. In order to effect a student name change, you will need to complete the name change form at (insert link) and provide acceptable documentation that shows your new name.
2. Go to the Office of Academic and Student Affairs, 315 Squire Hall. We recommend that you bring your documentation to us and complete the request in person.
If it is not possible to go to the Office of Academic and Student Affairs, complete this form and attach a copy of your documentation and mail to: Office of Academic and Student Affairs, School of Dental Medicine, University at Buffalo, 315 Squire Hall, Buffalo, NY 14214