Card Eligibility & Accepted IDs

Approved IDs

First U Card

You must present a single approved primary form of a government-issued photo ID to receive your first U Card.

Replacement U Card

You must present a single approved primary ID OR 2 forms of approved secondary ID for a replacement U Card.

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Approved Primary IDs

These ID types are accepted for new or replacement U Cards.

  • US Passport
  • US Passport Card
  • Foreign Passport
  • US State or Territory Driver’s License
  • US or State Agency ID Card
  • US Military ID Card
  • US Military Dependent’s ID Card
  • US Coast Guard Merchant Marine Card
  • Tribal Card

Approved Secondary IDs

These ID types are accepted for replacement U Cards only.

  • High School Photo ID
  • Mail with Your Name & Address (information must match what is on file in the UMN system)
  • Social Security Card
  • Certified Transcript
  • Certified Birth Certificate
  • Sign in to MyU

Exceptions to ID requirements are unable to be made for security purposes. The U Card holder and ID must be physically present to receive their U Card. Photos of ID will not be accepted.

Card Eligibility

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Students (full time & part time, graduate & undergraduate)

Undergraduate students - Full time and part time students who have enrolled in the University of Minnesota and have paid their enrollment fee are eligible for a U Card.

Graduate students – Full time and part time graduate students who have enrolled and been accepted are eligible for a U Card.

Non-enrolled and students who have graduated – If you are no longer currently enrolled or if you have graduated, you are no longer eligible for a U Card.

Transfer Students

Transfer students who have enrolled in the University of Minnesota and have paid their enrollment fee are eligible for a U Card. Transfer students who are transferring from a University of Minnesota system campus (Crookston, Duluth, Morris, Rochester) are eligible for a free University of Minnesota Twin Cities U Card.

Continuing Education Students

Continuing Education Students who are fully enrolled in at least one class are eligible for a U Card.

CIS & PSEO Students

PSEO students who are enrolled in at least one class at the University of Minnesota are eligible for a U Card.

CIS students are not eligible for a U Card.

Staff & Faculty

Staff and Faculty must be entered into the Human Resources Management System (HRMS)/PeopleSoft before they can get a U Card (this includes both paid and unpaid appointments).

Eligible appointments for a U Card include: faculty, academic staff, staff, retired faculty, retired academic staff, retired staff, and Regents.

Departments can find more information about sponsoring short-term employees under the ‘Sponsored U Cards’ page.

Affiliated Staff or Student (Sponsored Accounts)

Affiliated Academic Staff, Affiliated Staff, Affiliated Students, Visiting Students and short-term employees must be sponsored by a University department to obtain a U Card.

Please see the ‘Sponsored Accounts’ page for more information.