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HOW TO GET YOUR FIRST ID CARD

NOTICEAll students receive their first UCSD ID Card for FREE. However, students must pay $25 for replacement ID cards. The Campus Cards Office will assess this charge to your student account during your appointment. 

 

New to Campus?

Submit your photo online ahead of time!


RULES & REGULATIONS

All students enrolled/registered for the current school quarter or session are entitled to a single, official UCSD Student ID card from the University. Students who are not enrolled/registered are ineligible for a student ID card.

SUBMIT PHOTO ONLINE

Incoming students must submit their ID photo via the online Photo Tool, as students will be unable to take photos at our office. Submitting your photo is critical, as professors and other campus staff use these photos for identification, exams, and additional academic purposes. 

ONE CARD AT A TIME

Students are only allowed to have one UCSD ID card at any time to prevent fraudulent activity. 

SECONDARY FORM OF IDENTIFICATION

You may be asked to show a second form of physical identification (driver's license or Passport) when visiting our office.


HOW TO GET YOUR FIRST ID CARD

Freshman | New Transfer Student

Students must submit their ID photo via the online Photo Tool

To obtain your first ID card, please fill out an ID Card Request Form

Graduate Students

Students must submit their ID photo via the online Photo Tool

Our office partners with many graduate departments to coordinate ID card distribution for graduate students. 

Graduate students - please first contact your graduate coordinator (or review any communication that they send) to find out if your department is one that has partnered with our office. If so, your department will pick-up all ID cards from our office and then distribute them to students. In this scenario, you do not need to request your ID card from our office. 

If your department has chosen not to partner with our office, then you can fill out an ID Card Request Form to request your first ID card.

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

School of Medicine | Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

School of Medicine and Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences students receive an official student One Card from our office. Please follow these important steps below. 

  • Attend your orientation events as scheduled to take your professional/white lab coat photos 
  • These photos will be sent to the Campus Cards Office for processing 
  • The Campus Cards Office will generate and print ID cards for all students, and then distribute them directly to your program's coordinator within two business days of receiving the photos
  • Your program coordinator will then arrange to distribute the ID cards to each student
  • Please do not visit our office, nor request your ID card from our office, as we will not be able to issue you an ID card. If you need your ID card prior to orientation, please ask your coordinator to make separate arrangements with our office. 

Summer Session

Students must submit their ID photo via the online Photo Tool

Students who are only attending summer session at UCSD should first find out from their program coordinator how they will receive their ID cards (i.e. from the Campus Cards Office or from their coordinator). 

If their program will not be distributing ID cards, you can request your ID card by filling out an ID Card Request Form.

Cross-Registered Students

Before going to the Campus Cards Office (map), cross-registered students will need to request their student PID from the Registrar's Office, which is located on the 2nd floor of the same building as the Campus Cards Office (Student Services Center), as you will need your student PID before you can get your student ID card.

Once you have your student PID, you can request an ID card by filling out an ID Card Request Form. Please note that you will need to submit your photo via our online photo tool

Division of Extended Studies Students

The Campus Cards Office now prints ID cards for UCSD Division of Extended Studies students! However, Extended Studies students will not receive their ID card directly from the Campus Cards Office. As a result, please do not visit our office to request an ID card.

Instead, Extended Studies students will receive their ID card from a program coordinator or other staff person. For more questions about how/when you will receive your first Extended Studies student ID card, or if you need to replace an ID card, please contact Extended Studies directly, or visit their webpage for more information. 

 

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