Learn about what qualifies for a legal name change versus a preferred name change and the steps you need to take at Tufts University.
- Legal name change initiated after you have already changed your government name. Requires proof of the change in the form of a signed copy of your social security card, a passport, court-issued document showing the new and old names, etc.
- Preferred name change to use a first name that is different from your legal first name. Not all systems can be changed when using a preferred name. For example, changes will update class and grade rosters but will not update records where a legal name is required, as on financial documents.