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How to Get Your Student Campus Card

Learn how to get your Student Campus Card.

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

Note: All students receive their first UCSD Campus Card for free. Any replacement ID cards thereafter will cost $15, 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 Campus Card at any time, which helps prevent fraud and the production of fake ID cards. In order to replace any old, damaged ID cards, students must surrender their current ID card to Campus Card personnel. The Campus Card Office cannot reactivate old ID cards.

Note: The UCSD Campus Cards Office does not provide Campus Cards for students enrolled with UCSD Extension. UCSD Extension students can receive their ID Card at the English Language Institute building located on the UCSD Extension campus (map). 

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

The Campus Cards Online Photo Tool will be open for photo submission from May 1st through August 1st each year for ONLY incoming students. 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 first student Campus 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 Campus Card. 
  • If you're a commuter student, visit the Campus Cards Office anytime after September 14th, 2017, in order to take your photo and to receive your Campus Card. 

If you did submit your photo by the deadline:

  • The Campus Card Office will pre-print Campus 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 Campus Card. 
  • If you're a commuter student, stop by the Student Services Center any time after September 14th 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 Campus Card at Campus Cards Office (map) starting August 14th.
  • If you need your Campus Card prior to tAugust 14th 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 Campus Card early. 
  • Please speak to your coordinator before contacting us or visiting our office to learn how you will receive your ID card (i.e. from your coordinator or from our office).

If you did submit your photo by the deadline:

  • The Campus Card Office will pre-print Campus 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 Campus Card starting August 14th. 
  • If you need your Campus Card prior to August 14th 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 Campus Cards early. 
  • Please speak to your coordinator before contacting us or visiting our office to learn how you will receive your ID card (i.e. from your coordinator or from our office).

Note: Visiting graduate or post-doctoral students may qualify for an Affiliate ID Card.

Medical / Pharmacy / Rady School students

If you did not submit your photo by the deadline:

  • Take a photo and receive your student Campus Card at the Campus Cards Office (map) starting August 14th.
  • If you need your Campus Card prior to August 14th 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 Campus Cards early. 
  • Please speak to your coordinator before contacting us or visiting our office to learn how you will receive your ID card (i.e. from your coordinator or from our office).

If you did submit your photo by the deadline:

  • If you submitted an acceptable photo, your Campus 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 Campus Card starting August 14th. 
  • If you need your Campus Card prior to August 14th 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 Campus Cards early. 
  • Please speak to your coordinator before contacting us or visiting our office to learn how you will receive your ID card (i.e. from your coordinator or from our office).

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 Campus 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 Campus 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 Campus 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 Campus Card

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