UC Davis recognizes that many of its students use a first name other than their legal first name.
Therefore, the university provides students to choose to identify themselves within the university’s information systems with a lived (preferred) name in addition to their legal name. It is further understood that the student's lived (preferred name) should be used in university communications and reporting, except where the use of the legal name is necessitated by university business or legal requirement.
This name will appear instead of legal name in the UC Davis Campus Directory and in other university records and documents. Some records, such as paychecks or financial aid, that require the use of a legal name, will not change to lived (preferred name).
You may specify your lived (preferred) first name by editing the UC Davis Campus Directory. By updating your display first name in the directory, this will serve as your lived (preferred) name, and it will appear in your directory profile and other records.
Frequently Asked Questions
When will my lived (preferred) name_ appear in university systems?
Once you set a lived (preferred name), allow 48-72 hours for it to be displayed in other systems.
Will my lived (preferred) name appear or be used everywhere in university systems?
Not at this time. The university is currently working towards a solution to have lived (preferred) name appear in all university systems.
How can I set my lived (preferred) name?
Using the UC Davis Campus Directory, search for your name, and then select Update my UC Davis directory listing. Edit the First Name field, and then select Submit to set your lived (preferred name). This change will propagate systems that use the lived (preferred) name within 48-72 hours.
May I specify a lived (preferred) middle or last name?
Not at this time. Lived (preferred) name only applies to your first name at this time. The university is currently working towards a solution to change your lived (preferred) last name. Although you may edit your middle and last display name in the UC Davis Campus Directory, these names will not propagate into other university systems.
Can I set my lived (preferred) name to whatever I want?
Students may determine and designate a lived (preferred) name that they want to be known by in university systems. The University reserves the right to remove a preferred name if it contains inappropriate or offensive language, or is being used for misrepresentation.
When/why will campus departments use my legal name?
Some campus departments interact with, and send reports to federal, State and other government agencies that verify the identity of students using the legal name.
How do I get a new AggieCard with my lived (preferred) name?
After setting your lived (preferred) name in the UC Davis Campus Directory, please allow 48-72 hours for your lived (preferred) name to propagate to the Student AggieCard system. Request a new AggieCard at the AggieCard Office in 253 Memorial Union.
How much does a new AggieCard cost?
A $15.00 replacement fee will apply.