You must present a single approved primary form of a government-issued photo ID to receive your first U Card.
You must present a single approved primary ID OR 2 forms of approved secondary ID for a replacement U Card.
Approved Primary IDs
These ID types are accepted for new and replacement U Cards, as well as notary services.
- 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
- Previous U Card
- 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. Notary services require a Primary ID, and exceptions cannot be made.
Undergraduate & Graduate
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 are eligible for a U Card.
Transfer students who have enrolled in the University of Minnesota and have paid their enrollment fee are eligible for a U Card. Students transferring from a University of Minnesota system campus (Crookston, Duluth, Morris, Rochester) qualify for a free University of Minnesota Twin Cities U Card.
CIS & PSEO
PSEO students 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.
Continuing Education Students who are fully enrolled in at least one class are eligible for a U Card.
Graduated & Unenrolled
If you are no longer currently enrolled or if you have graduated, you are no longer eligible for a U Card.
Staff & Faculty
Staff and faculty must be entered into the Human Resources Management System (HRMS)/PeopleSoft before getting a U Card (this includes 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.