University of Minnesota
U Card Office



Welcome Visitors!
Criteria to obtain your U Card:
Affiliated Academic Staff, Affiliated Staff, Affiliated Students, Visiting Students, short-term employees, and all others must be sponsored by a University department to obtain a U Card. (If you are a visitor and are not sponsored by a University department, you are not eligible for a U Card.)

You must ask your sponsoring department to use the web-based process under the Services for Departments link to formalize your sponsorship.

Once the sponsoring department’s online request is processed you will be eligible for a U Card, which will be granted for one year from the time the card is processed. At the end of that year, your sponsoring department should contact the U Card Office to verify continuing University status.

After your sponsoring department has submitted their request, it takes up to 48 hours for the request to be processed. Before you visit our office to get your U Card please contact the U Card Office (612-626-9900) to make sure the sponsor request has been fully processed.

When you arrive to get your U Card, a government issued photo ID must be presented. Driver's License, State ID, Military ID, Tribal ID or passports are accepted. Also be prepared to have your picture taken.

Digital photos are taken as part of the card issuance process.

A new photo will be taken each time a replacement U Card is issued for security purposes.

U Card photos must be an unobstructed, front view of the full face that is a representation of the true appearance of the card holder.

Photo must be taken in normal street attire without a hat or dark glasses.

No facial or hand gestures or foreign objects are to be included in the photo.

Gopher GOLD™ Value For Visitors
If you are a visitor on the University of Minnesota campus, or you don't have your U Card with you, you can purchase and add value to a Gopher GOLD™ card from any Value Port machine or from the Coffman U Card Office. The cost of the card is $1.

Please check out the Gopher GOLD page under My U Card on our site for more info or email with your questions.

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