Educators may request a name change with CDE for a number of reasons. There are two typical scenarios:
- You need a new credential issued (softcopy), or
- You just need to let us know that your name has changed.
In either case, you need to assemble and scan any applicable legal documentation for the name change. These can include:
- marriage license,
- divorce decree or
- other officially issued court document.
If You Require an Updated Credential
Note: You must have an active credential to request a name change and reprint.
Complete the "Reprint Request/Name Change" application in the CDE eLicensing system. There is no fee for an emailed PDF of your new credential.
During the application process you will need to upload an electronic copy of the official documentation supporting the legal name change.
If You Just Want to Change Your Name
You only need to change your name with us using the previous steps if you want an updated credential sent to you. If you do not, know that you have the opportunity to change your name when you submit any application to us. So, if you can wait until your next renewal or when you'll be applying for a new credential, you can take care of the name change at the same time.
You'll still need to upload an electronic copy of the official documentation supporting the legal name change during the application process.