Use of Preferred First Name

If you have an immediate need for access to a SFU ID card with your preferred first name, you can request this via the web form. The Use of Preferred First Name application will also be required and can be emailed to reginfo@sfu.ca. A replacement fee will be charged. If your need is not immediate, we look forward to producing your card when we return to in-person services! If you are unsure, please Contact Us.

A preferred first name is a name that you commonly use that is different from your legal first name. Students who wish to use a preferred first name can enter this information into goSFU.

The preferred first name will appear in parenthesis on the following unofficial internal university documents:

  • Class lists
  • Student advising transcripts
The student's legal name will appear on official university documents:
  • Official university transcripts
  • Reports to government
  • Letters of attestation
  • Diplomas and certificates
  • Tuition fee invoices and/or receipts
If you wish to have your SFU ID card with your preferred first name, you can request this using the web form. Please indicate this is for a Preferred Name ID Card in the “Reason for application” section.  You will also need to complete and submit the Use of Preferred First Name application  to reginfo@sfu.ca. A replacement fee will be charged.
 
It is important to note that making a request to use a preferred first name at SFU does not change a student's legal name in the SFU student record or records with government authorities.