Name Change

Currently enrolled students and alumni/former students seeking to change their name should submit the following documents to the Registrar's Office:

  1. A completed copy of the Name Change Certification Form
  2. Supporting documentation

Upon receipt of the form and supporting documentation, the name change will typically be processed within two business days.

Students and Alumni may have the need to change the name associated with their academic records to accurately reflect 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. Former students should also email the Advancement Office to notify of their name change.

If you have a legal name change and need to request a diploma in that new name, please complete the name change process first as outlined above and then visit the Diploma Replacement page for information on ordering an updated diploma.

After the University completes the name change, your University of Richmond financial records, and your future academic transcripts will carry the new name. 

Acceptable Documentation

The following types of documents can be used when submitting the form in-person at the Office of the University Registrar:

  • Photographic documents that show the new name. Typical documents are a driver's license, passport, military I.D., or alien registration card (Green Card).
  • Legal documents that show the former and new name. Typical documents are a certified copy of a marriage certificate, court order, divorce decree, or naturalization papers can be used to document name change for a complete change of first or last name.