Goodbye, classic i‑card

Image of Springfield classic i-card Image of Urbana classic i-card Image of Chicago classic i-card

As of Friday, February 1, 2019, 12 am, all classic i‑cards are permanently deactivated. Classic i‑cards no longer work and are not considered valid forms of university identification.

Classic i‑cards were issued before May 14, 2007. Like those shown above, classic i‑cards had a white background with an i‑card logo. The labels, photo borders, and other printed details for these IDs varied.

No other i‑cards or IDs are being deactivated.

Who can upgrade?

No one is required to upgrade. Only those who have a classic i‑card and use it should replace it. If you don’t need a new i‑card, that’s fine. You can still exchange your classic i‑card after February 1.

This change relates only to classic i‑cards, like those pictured at the top of this page. For all other university IDs, there’s no need to upgrade—it’s business as usual.

How do you upgrade?

Bring your classic i‑card to an ID Center location on your campus to replace it. If you can’t present your most recent i‑card for exchange, the standard $20 replacement fee will apply

Once your new photo is taken, you’re three minutes from a new i‑card. Almost all services relink automatically. See the next topic for specifics.

How and when do my card services relink?

Card services relink automatically, as follows:

What happens to classic i-cards on February 1?

Starting February 1, 2019, classic i‑cards are invalid for all university services; this includes MTD bus service in the Urbana-Champaign community. According to ID card terms, an invalid ID may be confiscated. Don’t use a classic i‑card—or any expired ID—for any service or identification!

For more information

If you have any questions, please contact i‑card Programs.

ID Center locations

Chicago, Springfield and Urbana all host ID Centers.