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Policy Related to Changing Names for Students at the University of Missouri

Current students and alumni of the University of Missouri may change their names in the student records system for University of Missouri use during or after attendance according to the following:

  1. For a student to change his/her name, legal documentation is required of the student's new name and verification that he/she was previously known as the name in the MU records system.   

    For Undergraduate students, a name change may be processed either in person, at the Office of Admissions, 230 Jesse Hall, or through the mail provided the necessary documentation is submitted. The mailing address is: Office of Admissions, 230 Jesse Hall, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211. 

    For Graduate and Professional students, a name change may be processed either in person, at the Graduate School, 210 Jesse Hall, or through the mail provided the necessary documentation is submitted. The mailing address is: Graduate School, 210 Jesse Hall, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211.

  2. The student must submit a minimum of two of the documents listed below, one from list a. Proof of use of former name and one from list b. Proof of legal change to new name. At least one of the documents must have date of birth, a photograph, and a signature:
    1. Proof of use of former name
      1. Former government issued government ID card such as a driver's license, military ID, passport
      2. A federally recognized Indian tribe's enrollment card or a US Bureau of Indian Affairs identification card containing the signature and photograph of the individual
      3. School yearbook with photo
      4. Previously-issued Social Security Card
    2. Proof of legal change to new name
      1. Current, government-issued ID card such as a driver's license, military ID, passport
      2. Current, valid Social Security Card with new name
      3. A federally recognized Indian tribe's enrollment card or a US Bureau of Indian Affairs identification card containing the new name, the signature and photograph of the individual
      4. A certified copy of a court order or a marriage certificate or a dissolution decree reflecting the new name in full
  3. Students may abbreviate their middle name(s) without documentation. Documentation is required if a student is adding or deleting a middle name or changing an initial to a name.

Replacement diplomas

You may request a replacement diploma when the diploma has been lost or destroyed by completing the duplicate diploma order form (PDF).

Published by the University Registrar, 125 Jesse Hall, Columbia, MO 65211
Phone: 573-882-7881 | Transcripts: 573-882-8252 | Records: 573-882-4249 | E-mail: umcunivregistrarwr@missouri.edu

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Last updated: April 23, 2014