Students enrolled in online courses only at UMC must be registered for classes a minimum of 24 hours prior to obtaining a U Card.

Note: University entitlements are based on current status, not future status.


Obtaining Your U Card:

As an online student, you can request your U Card

  • In person
  • Via the U.S. Mail
  • Via email

In person: You can visit our office to obtain your U Card in person. When you do, be prepared to have your picture taken. Digital photos are taken as part of the card issuance process. Also, make sure you bring a government issued photo ID, (Driver's License, State ID, Military ID, Tribal ID or passport are accepted), which must be presented at the time of issuance.

Via the U.S. Mail: Students may submit a current (taken within the last year), standard size (2"x2" up to 2 1/4" x 3 1/2"), passport quality photo (use photo quality guidelines below) and a copy of a valid government issued photo ID (Driver's License, State ID, Military ID, Tribal ID or passport). Photos and copies of government issued photo IDs can be submitted via U.S. Mail to:

Office of the Registrar (OTR)

Hill Hall 9

2900 University Avenue

Crookston, MN 56716

Via Email: Students may submit a current (taken within the last year) photo (use photo quality guidelines below) in the form of a .jpg or .jpeg file. Please include a copy of a valid government issued photo ID (Driver's License, State ID, Military ID, Tribal ID or passport) in the form of a .jpg or .jpeg file as well. Email your two photos to umcreg@umn.edu.

Please include your current mailing address. Your card will be mailed to you at this address.


Photo Requirements:

  1. At least 600 pixels by 600 pixels or 2” x 2” photo in JPEG format
  2. Use of a plain white, off-white or light gray background, free of patterns, objects, textures, etc. (No trees, bricks, windows, grass, stairs, wood, doors, etc.)
  3. Image of face and shoulders facing forward. Do NOT zoom in on face. Leave space around the sides of your face and the top of your head
  4. Clear image in color without any added filters, effects or clipart.
  5. Use good lighting. No overexposed photos
  6. A clear, unobstructed, front view of the full head and shoulders. No hands can be touching the face or in the image. Eyes must be open
  7. A photo of the student alone in normal street attire with no hats, sunglasses, hand symbols or pets in photo (religious head coverings are acceptable)
  8. Recent (less than one year old)

If you are using a photo previously taken and you have to crop it down to look like the example below, please be aware cropped photos can become pixilated and will not be accepted.

Photo Example Below

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