Legal and Preferred Name Change
SFU acknowledges the importance of preferred names, especially for transgender, non-binary and/or genderqueer students. We want to ensure we use people’s correct names and pronouns, so that everyone’s individual preferences and identity are respected at SFU.
Students are able to change their preferred name in goSFU/Student Centre. However, this does not change the legal name that shows up in many other places in the university’s systems.
Your legal name and preferred name are different and used in different ways at SFU. There is a separate process for changing each.
Your legal name appears on official university documents:
- Official university transcripts
- Reports to government
- Letters of attestation
- Diplomas and certificates
- Tuition fee invoices and/or receipts
Once you have changed your name legally through the government, you can change your legal name on your SFU records.
The preferred first name will appear in parenthesis on the following unofficial internal university documents:
- Class lists
- Student advising transcripts
When you change only your preferred name, your legal name may still show up on your academic transcript, degree parchment, and other documentation.
The replacement card fee will be waived for students who provide proof of legal name change and those requesting their first ID Card following a Preferred Name Change.
If you already have an SFU ID card and would like to get a new card with your preferred or new legal name, please complete and submit one of the above forms.