Lived and Legal Name


By allowing students to use a lived name, UCSB hopes to give students an empowering, safe, and nondiscriminatory university experience. The lived name option lets students change their name in most university information systems without pursuing a legal name change. Reasons for using a lived name may include transgender or gender nonconforming identities, international students or other students who wish to adopt an English language name, and students known by names that are different from their legal name. Equally important, no student should feel pressured to take on an Anglicized name for acceptance or the convenience of others. 

To specify a lived first, middle, or last name, students will log into the Identity Services Directory Editor, and update the "Name" fields.  These fields should also be used to update or remove a lived name (if needed). Below is a screenshot example:

Screenshot of the location where name may be edited.

Student Employees:

Students who are also employed by the university must also update their lived name information in UCPath.

Please note:
Under FERPA, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, a student’s name may be disclosed to the public as “directory information” unless the student opts not to permit such disclosure. For students who have selected a lived name, only the lived name will be disclosed. To revoke the university’s disclosure of directory information, a student has the option of requesting privacy through the Office of the Registrar. For more information on directory information and how to restrict disclosure, see the "Student Records Privacy - Information for Students." To submit a request for nondisclosure, complete a Request to Restrict / Release Student Data form. 

The lived name provided will be the default name displayed on course rosters and in most staff- and faculty-facing systems.  The student’s legal name will still display to staff that have been granted permission or in cases where the legal name is required by law or for reporting purposes (e.g., official transcripts and verifications, diplomas, financial aid, billing/accounts receivable/ collections, reporting to the government for tax or visa purposes, Student Health and Counseling And Psychological Services, etc.).

Legal and lived names will be displayed in the following places: 

LocationLived NameLegal Name
Admissions records
Advising records (college, graduate division)XX
Advising records (academic department)X
Alumni records and Institutional DevelopmentX
Athletics (NCAA)XX
Class rostersX


*Student has option to choose which name appears

Disabled Students Program (DSP) recordsXX


*Student has option to choose which name appears

Diploma Name Information

Education Abroad ProgramXX
Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)X
Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships and MyAidStatusX
Housing rostersXX
Office of Student Conduct recordsXX
Online Campus DirectoryX
Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) and
Student and Exchange Visitor System (SEVIS)
Police Department (Campus) - UCPDXX
Senior Book (La Cumbre Yearbook)X
Student Health Services recordsXX
Summer Sessions recordsX
Title IX Office recordsXX
*Student has option to choose which name appears
UC Path / University employmentX
Umail and UCSB NetID
^How to change UCSB NetID and Umail


*Student has option to choose which name appears

Verifications (Public)X


Legal and lived names will be used when mailing to the following addresses: 

When Mailing To:UCSB Will Use Your:
Emergency contactName of emergency contact
Local livingLived name
Local mailingLived name
BillingLived name
ParentParent's name(s)
PermanentLived name
Diploma mailingDiploma Name
UmailLived name
Employment address (paycheck)Legal first name


International Students

Students on an F-1 or J-1 visa who choose to use a lived name at UCSB will have the lived name included in their Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) record. SEVIS records will continue to include the legal name as indicated on the passport. Students on an F-1 visa, the I-20 will list both lived and legal names. Students must disclose their lived name in all immigration and visa applications if it has been used officially at UC Santa Barbara. Questions regarding how a lived name will be used should be directed to the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS).

UCSB will display lived names to the university community where feasible and appropriate, and will make a good faith effort to update reports, documents and systems designated to use lived names. Inappropriate use of a lived name (including but not limited to avoiding legal obligation or misrepresentation) may be cause for denying the use of lived names. UCSB reserves the right to remove any lived name that is deemed inappropriate.


Name or Data Change Petition (DocuSign Form)
For more information on legal name changes, please visit the State of California Court's website.

Students who wish to change their legal name will need to complete the "Name or Data Change" form (link above). 

All changes must be accompanied by applicable documentation, including but not limited to:

  • Marriage license
  • Driver's license
  • Court order
  • Government-issued ID
  • Passport

Name changes must be the full, legal name.  Nicknames, abbreviations, or initials are not acceptable unless used as legal name or approved by the Office of the Registrar. If providing documentation by mail, please provide only photocopies; DO NOT SEND ORIGINALS. 

UCSB aims to serve students from all genders, gender identities, and gender expressions.  Students are encouraged to meet with a staff member to discuss how the university may assist with their needs or questions specific to one's gender and/or name used on university records. To schedule a confidential appointment, students may contact the Director of LGBTQ Resources ( or the Associate Registrar for Academic and Student Services (   


Office of the Registrar
University of California, Santa Barbara 
1101 Student Affairs and Administrative Services Building (SAASB) 
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-2015

Office of International Students & Scholars
University of California, Santa Barbara
Student Resource Building, Room 3130
Santa Barbara, CA 93106

UCSB Resource Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity

University of California, Santa Barbara
Student Resource Building, 3rd Floor
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-2036