NetID Change, Procedure for Student, Staff, Faculty

Can I change my NetID?

We strongly discourage changing a NetID due to the following:

  • It could take up to 2 weeks for all University systems to sync up with the new NetID
  • You may have trouble logging into some systems (course registration, Compass, email) until the changes are fully completed
  • We have no control over services and systems outside of Technology Services
  • We'll be unable to intervene in any systems that you're having trouble logging into until the change is fully completed
If you still wish to change your NetID after knowing the risks, a one-time NetID change is permitted if one of the following reasons are met:
  • You have had a legal name change (please have your name updated with the University before changing your NetID)
  • Your NetID contains an offensive word
  • Your NetID has a misspelling or is otherwise confusing (e.g., has combinations of the number one (1) and the letter l)
  • Your NetID is hyphenated or in conflict with another campus user
  • Your NetID differs from your Enterprise ID or NetID at Chicago or Springfield
Please contact the Help Desk via or 217-244-7000. It is highly preferred you come into the Help Desk to change your NetID. If you cannot come in you will need to send a photo ID (license, i-card, etc) to (preferably from an email.)

Keywords:NetID Change   Doc ID:34131
Owner:ID M.Group:University of Illinois Technology Services
Created:2013-10-04 13:27 CDTUpdated:2019-05-24 11:19 CDT
Sites:University of Illinois Technology Services
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