Official name changes must be completed with the social security administration before our records can be updated. To start the process, request a name change with the social security administration at Social Security Administration. To complete the legal name change procedures at GVSU, you must visit Payroll to present your Social Security Card in your legal name. If you have questions, please contact Payroll at (616) 331-2237.

Your name will be automatically updated in the following systems that apply to you:

  • Alumni Relations
  • Banner
  • Blackboard
  • Delta Dental
  • Development Office
  • Electronic Performance Development Program (ePDP)
  • Faculty/Staff Administrative Directory in GVSU Student catalog
  • Faculty/Staff Directory
  • Faculty/Staff ID Card system (you need to request a new card - see below)
  • Fidelity Investments
  • GVSU Mailroom
  • Library
  • Pew Campus Access Cards system
  • Priority Health (for GVSU High Deductible Health Plan and GVSU Standard PPO)
  • Infinisource (for Flexible Spending Accounts)
  • TIAA
  • Ultratime

Your name is unable to be changed in all systems. Please consider the following and change your name as indicated in these other systems should you wish to do so:

  • Digital Measures: Faculty contact dmadmin@gvsu.edu
  • Email Account Display Name:  Log into the GVSU Central Login Service website, click “Request Display Name Change for Email,” then choose “Request Legal Name” or “Request myName” as appropriate. If you have questions about this process, email *Computer Account Authorizations at auth@gvsu.edu.
  • Email Address & Network ID: Email *Computer Account Authorizations at auth@gvsu.edu to request a change to your GVSU email address and network ID (username).
  • Visions (Argos, FormsFusion, Intellicheck) User ID: contact IT Services at x12101, it@gvsu.edu, or the IT website.
  • Fieldhouse locker rental: email Mark Nawrocki, Assistant Athletic & Rec Facilities Manager, nawrocma@gvsu.edu
  • Health Savings Account (HSA) with United Bank: Call 855-807-3514
  • Hourly Staff Defined Benefit Programs :  (complete the Beneficiary Designation for Death Benefit (hourly staff only) form
  • ID Card -GVSU: Request a Faculty/Staff ID card in your new name in Human Resources (1090 James H. Zumberge Hall) or Student Services (Student Services Building or DeVos student services windows)
  • Keys - GVSU Issued: If you have GVSU issued keys, please contact Facilities Maintenance/Hardware Key Records, CUB 202, 331-3861
  • Long Term Care Insurance - Contact Genworth Financial at 877-724-6699
  • OnBase User ID: contact IT Services at x12101, it@gvsu.edu, or the IT website.
  • People Finder: Ask your departmental office coordinator to update your name.
  • SAS-PC: contact IT Services at x12101, it@gvsu.edu, or the IT website.

Other things to consider:

  • myName at GVSU:  If you legally change your name, a legal name change does not automatically update an existing myName.  Please follow the myName process to update myName in this case or Human Resources for assistance.
  • Address/Phone Number: Update your address/phone number.
  • Department: Check with your departmental office coordinator about any internal office databases/software that is not automatically updated by Banner
  • Emergency Contact: Update your Emergency Contact information with Human Resources at x12215.
  • FSA Direct Deposit: Change your Infinisource Flexible Spending Account direct deposit if you have changed an account(s) in conjunction with your name change. Call Infinisource at 866-370-3040.
  • Life Insurance: Update your Life Insurance beneficiaries  (complete the Base Life Insurance Beneficiary Change Form) or change the amount of your supplemental life insurance.
  • Life Event: If you have changed your name because of a life event, please visit the Life Event Changes pages on the Human Resources site for valuable information. You may be able to make a mid-year benefit change that corresponds with the qualified event.
  • Miscellaneous: Change your name with your credit card company(ies), banks (ie: checking/savings accounts), passport agency (passports), your personal and professional email contacts
  • Payroll Direct Deposit: Change your payroll direct deposit if you have changed an account(s) in conjunction with your name change.