Obtain an ID Card
Anyone obtaining a University ID Card for the first time must show a valid U.S. ID or passport.
You can obtain a University ID Card from the ID Center in 204 Kent Hall.
New students, faculty and staff, and contractors may upload a photo for the first time here.
If your ID is lost or stolen, read the steps for getting a replacement ID card.
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New students from Columbia, Barnard, and Union Theological Seminary, may submit a photo online via the online submission tool. If you submit a photo, your ID card will be ready for you during your specific orientation period. You will be notified by your school with the details of your ID card pick up.
You must be a currently enrolled student to be provided the general access to the buildings on campus. If you are not enrolled, your prior privileges will be shut off after the second week of the current semester/future semester.
If you are returning from a Leave of Absence or time off, you will need to obtain a new ID card after you have officially registered for your semester courses. Please stop into the ID center 2 days after your initial registration.
Students may pick up validation stickers from the Student Service Center (205 Kent Hall) or the ID center (204 Kent Hall) for the current semester.
Alumni/Alumnus can obtain an Alumni Reading Card from the Library Information Office in Butler Library, Room 201. Please visit the Alumni borrowing privileges website for more details.
Note: If you are a new student at Barnard or Union Theological Seminary, be sure to bring the appropriate form with you in order to be issued an ID card.
New Columbia, Barnard and Union Theological Seminary faculty and staff may upload a photo via the online submission tool. All staff and faculty may pick up ID cards from 204 Kent Hall during normal business hours.
If you are a newly hired faculty or staff member who does not already have a UNI, be sure that your department has entered you into the DIA database before you visit the ID Center.
New faculty and staff who have UNIs (for example, students who are hired as full-time staff) may visit the ID Center as early as their first day of work.
If you are a current faculty or staff member whose ID card has expired, there is no fee for a replacement. You may also have your photo re-taken at no charge when you renew your ID.
The cost for contractor, casual worker, University affiliates, and visitor IDs is $20 each, payable using one of the following methods:
- University ARC chart string.
If your department will be paying via ARC chart string, please have them download this form, fill it out and add it to departmental letterhead. Bring the completed form on letterhead with you to the ID Center.