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Getting Your U Card

You will receive your first U Card from the U Card Office in Coffman Memorial Union.


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 if you do not have an approved primary form of ID.

All forms of ID must be a hard copy or in physical form. We will not accept ID paperwork, a photo of an ID, a document on your mobile device or a photocopy of an ID.

CIS Students and Teachers - Please see information below on receiving U Cards. CIS students must receive their U Card from their CIS teacher and may not come to the U Card Office to receive a U Card.

You MUST have a primary form
of ID to receive your first U Card

Approved Primary Forms of IDs
for a First or Replacement U Card:

  • 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

We will accept 2 forms of approved secondary IDs 
for a 
replacement U Card if you do not have an
approved primary form of ID

Approved Secondary Forms of IDs
for Replacement U Card
(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
  • Certification Letter from One Stop Student Services
  • Certified Birth Certificate

CIS students MUST receive their U Card from their CIS teacher.

Students are no longer allowed to receive their CIS U Card from the U Card Office. CIS teachers will receive their student's U Card via Fedex. Please do not come to the office.

CIS Teachers:

  • If you would like to request U Cards for your CIS class please choose from 1 of the 3 options below.
  • All options must include photos that are taken passport style. You can see all of our requirements at z.umn.edu/photoupload.
  • Within approximately ten business days of receiving the photos, the U Card Office will FedEx the completed U Cards, card sleeves, and any thumb drives (if submitted) to the CIS instructor for distribution

Option 1 - Send the request via mail

Mail photo files (on a CD or thumb drive) and requested information to the U Card Office.

Please include the following in a single envelope:

  • ALL of the photos from your class. Photos need to be labeled with the student's name as the file name
  • The student roster which includes the student names and UMN ID numbers (rosters must be in an Excel or Word Document file)
  • A brief note stating that the photos are for CIS 
  • The U of M class information including course name, instructor name, instructor’s contact email and phone number, and high school name (e.g. CIS, EngC 1001, Mr. Jon Twist, twist@umn.edu, 612-123-4567, Great High School)
  • Your return address

The U Card Office must receive ALL student photos at one time and the return address to process your request.

Mail to:

U of M U Card Office
Attention: CIS Production
G22 Coffman Memorial Union
300 Washington Avenue SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Option 2 - Upload the photos via google drive

Upload the photos and requested information via google drive and share it with ucard@umn.edu and ucardlst@umn.edu:

Please include the following in the file:

  • ALL photos for the class. Photos need to be labeled with the student's name and ID # as the file name
  • The student roster which includes the student names and UMN ID numbers (rosters must be in an Excel or Word Document file)
  • A brief note stating that the photos are for CIS 
  • Your CIS course's name
  • Your name
  • Your email and phone number
  • The high school's name 
  • Your return address (We will mail the IDs to this address)

The U Card Office must receive ALL student photos at one time and the return address to process your request.

Option 3 - Photo Upload System

Photo upload allows students to individually upload their own photo. Each student will need computer & internet access for this option.

To begin the photo upload process please email requested information to ucard@umn.edu.

Please include the following in your email:

  • Roster of the class with the student names and UMN ID #s (rosters must be in an Excel or Word Document file)
  • A note asking for photo upload access to be granted for the attached roster
  • A note with the deadline (2 weeks is suggested) you will set for your students to have their photos submitted by
  • Your CIS course's name
  • Your name (the instructor)
  • Your email and phone number
  • The high school's name
  • Your return address (We will mail the IDs to this address)

Please be aware your students must follow the Photo Upload guidelines listed at z.umn.edu/photoupload or the photo will be denied.