Your name appears on Washington University in St. Louis records, communications and official documents. Some documents, including transcripts issued by Washington University, are official documents that should bear a student’s legal name. Students and alumni who have changed their names or need to correct Social Security numbers on their records will need to provide the Office of the University Registrar with legal supporting documentation.

Preferred Name

Washington University recognizes that many students prefer to use names other than their legal ones to identify themselves. Any student on the Danforth Campus may choose to identify a preferred first name in addition to their official name of record. Students can add or change their preferred name on WebSTAC.

Required Documentation for Legal Name Changes

Documentation is required for a legal name change in a student’s record.  Please provide one of the following:

  • Current driver’s license
  • Social Security card
  • Passport
  • Divorce decree
  • Court order

Required Documentation for SSN Changes

A change or correction to the Social Security number on a student’s record requires a copy of the student’s Social Security card.

Providing Documents to the Registrar

Documents may be submitted to the office in person, by fax to 314-935-4268 or by email to Kelly Bullard at

When sending your required documents, please include the current name on your student record and your student ID number, if possible.

All changes will be completed within two business days.

Attention Current Students

Once your name change has been completed, please visit Campus Card Services to get a new student ID card.