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ID Card Office


The ID Card Office will no longer issue Stanford ID cards with a magnetic stripe, or magstripe, on the back effective 9/1/2022.

Stanford ID cards with magstripes will continue to work with the magstripe card readers operated by University IT (UIT) Campus Card Services and found at many campus buildings, dining halls, and cafes. 

Departments and groups that use readers not supported by UIT can contact Card Services Director Jay Kohn ( to work on an alternative solution for their location.

The option to print a preferred name is only available for new ID cards. If you already have an ID card but want it reprinted with your preferred name, you may update the information in the university data systems and then submit a request starting Oct. 1, 2023. The cost for a reprinted card is $25. To learn more, refer to the UIT news article: Preferred Names May Be Used on Stanford ID Cards.

The Stanford ID Card Office oversees the production of new and replacement cards, maintains a card information database of students, faculty and staff; installs and maintains card readers; and assists in developing new Stanford ID Card applications.

Historic Campus Location

ID Card Office
Tresidder Memorial Union
459 Lagunita Drive, 2nd Floor
Stanford, CA 94305

By appointment only, Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. & 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

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Stanford Redwood City Location

ID Card Office 
University Hall
485 Broadway, 1st Floor
Redwood City, CA 94063

Closed until further notice

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(650) 498-CARD

Eligibility for a Stanford ID Card

ID card eligibility is established by Administrative Guide Memo 2.4.3. You will find a summary of the types of cards, the eligibility criteria, and the privileges granted by each card type. A summary chart of privileges may be viewed here. ID cards may only be used by the person they are issued to.

Obtaining a Stanford ID Card

If you are a new undergraduate student, you can submit your photo online via the Approaching Stanford Forms.

New graduate students should upload their photo via the Photo Upload webpage.

Your identification card will be printed using the name in Stanford's official student or employment records UNLESS you are not commonly known by your full legal name and have indicated a preferred name in your directory listing, StanfordYou for Faculty/Staff, and Axess for Students.

If you have entered a preferred name in your directory listing, your ID card will be printed with your preferred name exactly as you have entered it in StanfordYou or Axess. If you would like to have your preferred name printed on your ID card, follow these instructions to change your preferred name.

You must show a government ID that verifies your legal name, even if a preferred name will be used for your ID card.

If you are a new employees eligible for an ID card, call 498-CARD (8-2273) first to make sure your personnel information is available (to ensure that all personnel information has been processed and a Stanford ID number assigned).

Change of status with the university


Student ID cards are deactivated when you fail to enroll for any quarter other than summer quarter, or if you graduate. If you re-enroll at a later date, you can reactivate your card at the ID Card Office.

Staff, visiting scholars, and fellows

When your employment status changes to one which is no longer entitled to campus privileges, your card will not grant you access to university facilities and services. Your manager or HR officer collects your cards when your employment at Stanford ends, and must be surrendered to an appropriate university employee upon request.

Change of name

The name on your identification card must match the name in Stanford's official student or employment records or the name you have listed in your preferred name field. If your legal name changes, you must change your name in the official University records before you request a new ID card. Students can request this name change through the Student Services Center. Faculty and staff should request a name change through the Human Resources administrator. All replacement cards are $25 payable by Visa, Mastercard, and Discover.

Learn more

To learn more about ID Card Office services, call the office at (650) 498-CARD (8-2273).

Last modified May 16, 2024