Integrated Service Center

Updating Your Name

Legal Name Change

If you want to change your Legal Name for UW employment purposes, you must first change your name on your Social Security Card.

Once you’ve received your new Social Security Card, you can make the change in Workday.

Step-by-step instructions on how to change your Legal Name

You may also want to update your Preferred Name; see instructions below.

Preferred Name Change

You can choose the name by which you are referred in the UW Directory and other sources of campus contact information.

Sign in to Identity.UW and click the Edit button to set your Preferred Name.

Most UW software and services—Canvas, email, etc.—use Identity.UW to determine how to display your name. Once your Preferred Name is set, it should appear that way in other places.

Some UW services are required to use your Legal Name. Setting a Preferred Name will not update your Legal Name.