Get an i-card

The i-card is the official University of Illinois identification card. Students, faculty, staff, and retirees are all eligible to receive one. Other cards or badges are commonly available for visitors, Extra Help workers, and others, provided a University unit requests it and confirms the need.

Your first i-card is free. You may also trade in a defective or worn card for a new one for free. However, replacements for lost, stolen, or damaged cards cost $20.


Getting an i-card is simple: visit your campus ID Center and bring a photo ID that meets our ID requirements. You can get your first card as early as your Registration or Orientation visit.

Students enrolled in online programs may be eligible for an i-card. Contact your campus ID Center to learn more.

Faculty and staff

Confirm with Human Resources that your position is entered and active in Banner HR. Once your Banner record is established, visit your campus ID Center. Bring a photo ID that meets ID requirements.