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How to Get Your Triton ID Card

Learn how to get your Triton ID Card.

All students enrolled for the current school quarter are entitled to a Triton ID Card. This is your official university ID card, and you are issued just one active card.

Note: All students receive their first UCSD ID card for free. Any replacement ID cards thereafter will cost $15.00, unless your old ID card meets one of the conditions in our Wear and Tear Policy. 

Note: Students are only allowed to have one UCSD ID card at any time, which helps prevent fraud and the production of fake ID cards. The Campus Card Office cannot reactivate old ID cards.

Obtain your card by following the steps below according to your status (freshman, grad student, etc.).

From June through August 1st each year, the Campus Cards online photo tool will be open for photo submission. Please review the guidelines on the photo tool carefully prior to submission of your photo. If photos do not meet ALL criteria, they will be denied, and students will be required to submit a new photo. 

ALL students will need to present a valid and physical form of identification before receiving their student ID card. 

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Freshmen / New Transfer Students

If you did not submit your photo by the deadline:

  • If you live in on-campus housing, visit the Campus Cards Office during move-in weekend, or anytime after, in order to take your photo and to receive your ID card. 
  • If you're a commuter student, visit the Campus Cards Office anytime after September 14th, 2016, in order to take your photo and to receive your ID card. 

If you did submit your photo by the deadline:

  • The Campus Card Office will pre-print ID cards for students who submitted acceptable photos. 
  • If you live in on-campus housing, visit your college's ResLife office/tent during move-in weekend to receive your ID card. 
  • If you're a commuter student, stop by the Student Services Center any time after September 14th, 2016, to pick up your ID card. At the start of Fall Quarter, signs will be posted to direct you either to the Campus Cards Office or elsewhere within the Student Services Center.

Graduate Students

If you did not submit your photo by the deadline:

  • Take a photo and receive your student ID card at Campus Cards Office (map) when the quarter begins.
  • If you need your ID card prior to the beginning of the quarter for research, work on-campus, etc., you will need to provide the Campus Card Office with a letter or email from your program coordinator confirming your start date.
  • Your program coordinator also has the option of providing the Campus Card Office with a list of all students in their program who have authorization to pick up ID cards early. 
  • Your card will not be activated until the quarter in which you are enrolled begins.


If you did submit your photo by the deadline:

  • The Campus Card Office will pre-print ID cards for students who submitted acceptable photos, and will distribute them to your program coordinator prior to your orientation. 
  • If your program coordinator chooses not to pick up the pre-printed ID cards, please visit the Campus Cards Office (map) to pick up your ID card at the beginning of the quarter. 
  • If you need your ID card prior to the beginning of the quarter for research, work on-campus, etc., you will need to provide the Campus Card Office with a letter or email from your program coordinator confirming your start date.
  • Your program coordinator also has the option of providing the Campus Card Office with a list of all students in their program who have authorization to pick up ID cards early. 
  • Your card will not be activated until the quarter in which you are enrolled begins.

Note: Visiting graduate or post-doctoral students may qualify for an affiliate card.

Medical / Pharmacy / Rady School students

If you did not submit your photo by the deadline:

  • Take a photo and receive your student ID card at Campus Cards Office (map) when the quarter begins.
  • If you need your ID card prior to the beginning of the quarter for research, work on-campus, etc., you will need to provide the Campus Card Office with a letter or email from your program coordinator confirming your start date.
  • Your program coordinator also has the option of providing the Campus Card Office with a list of all students in their program who have authorization to pick up ID cards early. 

If you did submit your photo by the deadline:

  • If you submitted an acceptable photo, your ID card will be pre-printed and distributed to your program coordinator prior to your orientation. 
  • If your program coordinator chooses not to pick up the pre-printed ID cards, please visit the Campus Cards Office (map) to pick up your ID card at the beginning of the quarter. 
  • If you need your ID card prior to the beginning of the quarter for research, work on-campus, etc., you will need to provide the Campus Card Office with a letter or email from your program coordinator confirming your start date.
  • Your program coordinator also has the option of providing the Campus Card Office with a list of all students in their program who have authorization to pick up ID cards early. 

Cross-registered students

Before going to the Campus Cards Office (map), cross-registered students will need to request their PID or student number from the Registrar's Office, which is located on the 2nd floor of the same building as the Campus Cards Office (Student Services Center). You will need your PID or student number before you can get your ID card. Once you have your PID or student number, you can visit the Campus Cards Office in order to take your photo and to receive your ID card at the beginning of the quarter. 

Summer Session students

Summer Session students must visit the Campus Cards Office (map) office in order to take a photo and to receive an ID card 10 days before the session begins. Please bring a form of physical identification with you to the Campus Card Office; without one, you will not be able to receive your Summer Session student ID card. 

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