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 Can I Obtain a New or Replacement RU ID Card

The RUID Card Service Center - located at 249 University Avenue, 3rd Floor - Blumenthal Hall on the Newark campus - will be using a hybrid distribution model, offering both mail and in-person options during scheduled office hours.  Review the information below for your role - student (residence halls or off campus).

RUID distribution options:

  • Mail Service: To request a new or replacement ID card sent to your home mailing address, please open a case inquiry here and information survey, which will be sent to your email and must be completed.  ID cards requested to be mailed will not be available for in-person pickup - cards will be mailed in 7-10 days from receipt of the completed survey.  There is a $20 fee for all lost/replacement cards payable upon request of a replacement card. To confirm or update your mailing address, please login here
  • Walk-in service schedule:  M, T, Th, F 8:30am - 4:30pm | W 10:00am - 4:30pm

Online Photo Submission


Undergraduate and Transfer Students
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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.

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Graduate Students 
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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.

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Special Programs 
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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.

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Lost or Damaged RU ID Card?

Rutgers University- Newark students must pay for RU ID Card replacement fee online.  We accept the following credit cards types:

  • MasterCard  
  • Visa
  • Discover

Please select the payment link for RU ID Card payment below:

Lost RU ID Card Payment         

Important: This payment gateway is for Rutgers University-Newark campus students.  For RBHS, and other campus students, please contact your respective RU ID Card Service Center location for ways to pay your RU ID card guest or replacement fee.

Lost/Stolen RU ID Policy

Lost or Stolen Cards
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Cardholder must be a registered student, active employee or guest to pick up your lost RU ID card, or to have it reissued or replaced.

It is advisable to suspend your RU ID card so that no one else can access your accounts or services. You can do so by sending an email to from your Rutgers email account.  Please note that this action is permanent, and that you will have to pay the replacement fee to have a new RU ID card issued, even if you should later find your RU ID card. Suspended RU ID cards can not be reactivated for any reason.

Be sure to also notify University Libraries at one of the circulation desks so that borrowing privileges associated with the barcode on the lost or stolen RU ID card can be suspended. In the event that you have a meal plan and raider dollars, you will need to reach out to Dining Services, during business hours.  They can be reached by phone 973.353.1274 or email .

To regain your building access you must contact the individual access control coordinators for different facilities and areas you had access to.  For a list of access control coordinators, please visit and scroll down to RU Newark Buildings.

Next, be sure to check your RU-N email. A notification will be sent to your official university email account if your RU ID card is found and returned to Newark RU ID Card Service Center.  

There is a $20 replacement fee for all lost, stolen, or intentionally damaged RU ID cards.

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If You Find a Lost RU ID card
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Return it to the Newark RU ID Card Service Center by mail or to Public Safety, 200 University Avenue, Newark, NJ 07102. You may mail the RU ID card to:

                                                Blumenthal Hall-3rd Floor, RU ID Service Center

                                                         249 University Avenue

                                                             Newark, NJ 07102

The RU ID service center at Newark, NJ can also be reached at  (973) 353-3760.


Online Photo Submission

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Damaged RU ID Cards
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RU ID cards which are worn or damaged due to normal use are reprinted and replaced free of charge upon the presentation of all pieces of the old RU ID card. Assessment of damage will be at the sole discretion of the RU ID service center. If damage appears intentional, or if not all pieces are surrendered, a $20.00 replacement fee will apply.

Punching of holes (for lanyard, keychain, etc.) on the RU ID card is strictly prohibited. The reissuing of such RU ID cards is subject to the $20.00 replacement fee.

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Name/Status Change
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Your RU ID card will be reissued due to a legal name change at no charge. You must return the former RU ID card in exchange for an updated one.  Please contact the RU ID service center during our operating hours. The data change must be updated in The Registrar's or payroll system at the time of issuance. All replacement RU ID cards are issued with existing system data and photos.

Please note: A legal name change processed at the Registrar's Office takes up to 48 hours to take effect.  RU ID service centers cannot manually change the name in the RU ID system. 

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RU ID Card Replacement with Fee Payment
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Contact Newark RU ID Service Center to request a replacement RU ID card and pay $20.00 RU ID card replacement fee by credit card - Visa, MasterCard or Discover cards only. 

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Important Disclaimers - Please Read
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All RU ID cards are official government-issued identification cards and remain the property of Rutgers University, regardless of any replacement fees paid. Rutgers University reserves the right to confiscate and destroy all inactive RU ID cards.

The type of RU ID card issued is dependent on your primary role at the university. You are permitted to have only one active RU ID card at any time.

All previously issued RU ID cards will be rendered inactive and will not be reactivated under any circumstances. Reissuing lost replacement RU ID cards requires the payment of additional replacement fees.

RU ID cards are non-transferable, and remain the property of Rutgers University regardless of any replacement fees paid. We reserve the right to confiscate and destroy all fraudulently used or inactive RU ID cards. Reactivation or reissue of confiscated RU ID cards are subject to the current RU ID card replacement fee. You may also be subject to institutional sanctions or criminal penalties.

Falsifying information in order to obtain a RU ID card is identity fraud and may subject you to prosecution to the full extent of the law.

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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 of $20 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 of $20 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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Key Contacts

Blumenthal Hall, 3rd Floor3rd Floor
249 University AvenueNewarkNJ07102