RU ID Card

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What Is an RU ID Card?

An RU ID card serves as your ID and provides access to campus.

The RU ID card is the official photo identification card issued to faculty, staff, students, and guests on all Rutgers University campuses. This unified RU ID card serves as the primary form of identity verification throughout the University.

Based on your role within the Rutgers University community, the RU ID card may be used to access services including:

  • Checkout privileges at any of the Rutgers University libraries
  • Recreation centers and computer lab facilities
  • Entry to football games and other events
  • Purchased meal plans and debit account options
  • Assigned housing and other buildings
  • Parking lots (permit required)
  • Identification for transactions with Student Accounting and Registrar
  • Attendance verification for classes and exams

How to Obtain an RU ID Card

Undergraduate and Transfer Students

All new students must be registered for classes to be eligible for a student RU ID card, and submit a photo online for approval using the Rutgers University Admissions Enrollment Pathway.  New students will receive their RU ID cards at their respective school’s orientation.

There is no fee charged for the first issuance of the card.

Graduate Students 

All new students must be registered for classes to be eligible for a student RU ID card, and submit a photo online for approval using the Graduate & Professional Admissions website. New students will receive their RU ID card at their respective school's orientation.

There is no fee charged for the first issuance of the card.

Special Programs 

Students in special programs (Continuous Education and Outreach, and Program in American Language Studies (PALS)) will receive information from their program director or secretary on how to obtain an RU ID card, if they are eligible.

Eligible students in these programs have access to Rutgers University libraries and computer labs by special arrangement, but not recreation facilities or sporting events.

How to replace a Lost or Damaged RU ID Card?

Students are not charged for the first issuance of the card. A replacement fee of $20 applies to lost, stolen, or intentionally damaged cards. See more information about lost and replacement ID cards.

RU ID Card FAQ

Is there a fee for replacing damaged cards?
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  • Damaged RU ID cards are replaced free of charge if worn or damaged under normal use.
  • All pieces of the old card must be surrendered – if not, you must pay the replacement fee.
  • The card is printed with the photo on file or you may upload a new photo . Please upload the new photo prior to visiting the RU ID card office so the card is ready to print when you arrive.
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Is there a fee for stolen cards even if a police report is provided?
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A replacement fee must be paid for cards that are reported stolen. Police reports are not accepted in lieu of payment.

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Can an old card be reactivated if found?
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  • All previous cards are permanently deactivated when a new card is issued. They cannot be reactivated for any reason.
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Are replacement fees refundable?
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The replacement fee is non-refundable once a new card is produced.

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Can I punch a hole on my RU ID card?
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The punching of holes in RU ID cards is prohibited. The reissuing of such cards due to related damage is subject to the replacement fee.

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