CHANGE OF NAME INSTRUCTIONS
Please read the following guidelines carefully before requesting a change of name. These guidelines will assist you in changing
your legal name with Prairie View A&M University.
1. Legal documentation must be presented with the completed Name Change Request form in order to alter your name as it
appears on your original application for admission to Prairie View A&M University. You must present the original legal
document, and a photo identification (Driver’s license or valid U.S. Passport which also support the name change) which will
be copied in the Registrar’s Office for your file. If you are requesting a name change via mail, you may submit a copy of the
legal document and photo identification that bears an original notary seal or county certification stamp to establish the
validity of the information contained in the document. Acceptable legal documents for name changes are determined by the
reason for the change as shown below. A driver's license, social security card, or marriage certificate issued by the
church, are not acceptable as legal documentation for a change of name by Prairie View A&M University, except
when correcting a minor spelling error such as a transposition of letters.
MARRIAGE: Original marriage license bearing the filing stamp from the county or parish in which the license was issued.
Church-issued marriage certificates are not acceptable documentation for a name change.
DIVORCE: Original divorce decree that includes a specific decree granting restoration of the maiden name. The decree
must be signed by the presiding judge and bear the county filing stamp.
COURT ORDER: Original court order signed by the presiding judge and bearing the county filing stamp.
CITIZENSHIP BY NATURALIZATION: Original Certificate of Naturalization.
CORRECT AN ERROR ON THE ADMISSION APPLICATION: Birth certificate or current, valid U.S. passport.
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: International students' names must appear on