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Getting Your U Card

You will receive your U Card from the U Card Office in the Student Resource Center.

You must present an approved primary form of a government issued photo ID to receive your first U Card.
You may present 2 different types of approved secondary forms of ID for a replacement U Card.

You MUST upload a photo for your U Card at least 1 week prior to Orientation - z.umn.edu/UMRUCardPhoto.


Accepted IDs for 1st U Card or 
Replacement U Card

Approved Primary Forms of IDs:

  • 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

Accepted IDs for a 
Replacement U Card

Approved Secondary Forms of IDs
(Must provide 2 different forms):

  • 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

1st Year Students will receive their U Card from the U Card Office at Orientation.

You MUST upload a photo for your U Card at least 1 week prior to Orientation.

z.umn.edu/UMRUCardPhoto 

Transfer students will receive a U Card at their Orientation. If you have a U Card from an UMN system campus, we do still ask that you get a UMN Rochester U Card as the UMN Rochester U Card has different technology on the card.

      You MUST upload a photo for your U Card 1 week prior to Orientation.

      z.umn.edu/UMRUCardPhoto

PSEO students can receive their U Card at the U Card Office during their Orientation.

If you receive a U Card as a PSEO student and then apply and are accepted to the UMN Rochester for your Undergraduate Education, you will use the same U Card. You are only eligible for a free U Card every 5 years.

You MUST upload a photo for your U Card 1 week prior to Orientation.

z.umn.edu/UMRUCardPhoto

Students enrolled exclusively in online courses at UMR must be registered for classes a minimum of one day (24 hours) prior to obtaining a U Card.

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

Online students can request a U Card in person, via U.S. Mail or via email

In person: visit our office to obtain your U Card in person. Be prepared to have your picture taken. Digital photos are taken as part of the card issuance process. Be sure to 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 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:

U Card Information Desk
Student Resource Center, Suite 369
Rochester, MN 55904

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

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 umr1stop@r.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 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 clip art.
  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 cropping a photo to look like the example, be aware cropped photos can become pixilated and will not be accepted.

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