About The U Card

Your U Card is your official University of Minnesota ID.

Your U Card can give you access to campus buildings and different accounts based on your role/status at the University. Please see the ‘Accounts’ page for more details on which accounts you may have on your U Card. If you would like information on the buildings your U Card gives you access to, please speak to a representative at the specific building you are inquiring about.

Accounts on the U Card 

Additional services with your U Card

Building Access with U Card

Taking Care Of Your U Card



  • Store your U Card in a protective sleeve or case
  • Keep your U Card in a secure place
  • Monitor your U Card account balances
  • Carry your U card with you on campus

Do Not:

  • Punch a hole in your U Card or bend it
  • Lend your U Card to anyone
  • Scratch the magnetic stripe
  • Put your U Card near a magnet

U Cards do not expire but services on them may. You are eligible to receive a free replacement U Card every 5 years. If you leave the University and return within 5 years of receiving your U Card you will need to use the same U Card or pay a replacement fee. Exceptions to this rule includes role changes. (ex. going from student to staff)

Preferred name on U Card

If you would like to have your preferred name printed on your U Card you will need to go to your MyU - My Info - Click The Edit Pencil By Your Name - Add A New Name - Select Preferred Name and then fill in your preferred name. If you currently have a U Card please refer to our replacement policy. You will need to update your preferred name 24 hours prior to uploading your U Card photo. If you do not plan to upload your U Card photo be sure to update your preferred name 24 hours prior to coming to the U Card Office to have your photo taken.