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Name Changes

Nova Southeastern University requires official documentation to make a name change. Please submit a Data Change form with the previous and current names, the NSU ID number, and official documentation.

Acceptable documents verifying a name change are:

  • Certificate of Naturalization papers
  • Certified Abstract of Marriage (only those containing the updated married name)
  • Court Order (Final Judgment of Name Change or Final Judgment of Change of Name)
  • Divorce decree
  • Driver's license
  • F-1 or J-1 Student Visa or Permanent Resident card
  • Passport (Book or Card)
  • Permanent or Conditional Permanent Resident card
  • Resident Alien card
  • Uniformed Services Military ID card
  • Birth Certificate (only acceptable for correcting spelling errors)
  • Bureau of Vital Statistics card (used the same as a Birth Certificate)

Not acceptable documents: 

  • Employee ID card
  • Marriage license
  • Petition for Naturalization
  • Petition of Name Change
  • Professional License card
  • Social Security card

In order to change a married name back to a maiden name, legal documentation other than a birth certificate must be provided.

If you are an NSU international student, only a copy of your current passport will be accepted in order to update your name on your student record.

Students may also write a letter requesting the change of name and include a certified copy of a required document listed above to:

Nova Southeastern University
Attn: Data Entry
Office of the University Registrar
3600 South University Drive
Fort Lauderdale-Davie, FL 33314-7796

If you are an NSU employee, please visit Human Resources and process your change through the OHR website.

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