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Courtesy and Recreation ID Cards

Our office will be closed on Monday, February 19 in observance of President's Day. We will return to normal business hours on Tuesday, February 20.

Courtesy cards

Courtesy cards are issued to certain University affiliates. See Administrative Guide Memo: 2.4.3 Stanford Identification Cards for policies governing courtesy card eligibility. Most applications and services, with the exception of the StanfordCardPlan, are also available to courtesy cardholders.

To obtain your Spouse/Partners courtesy card, submit a Help Ticket and attach your acceptable documentation from the list below, images of the government-issued photo ID (driver's license or passport), and a photo of your spouse/partner. Once the Card Office has all of the required attachments, we will begin working on your request, then schedule an appointment to pick up the card, and process payment (see the ID Card Rates page).

Students and Postdoctoral Scholars, the following forms of identification are acceptable with a government-issued photo ID:

  • Marriage certificate
  • Car insurance with both names
  • Financial statement with both names
  • Medical coverage with both names
  • J2 or F2 Visa
  • Joint tax return

Faculty/Staff and Fellows, the following forms of identification are acceptable with a government-issued photo ID:

  • Marriage certificate
  • Joint tax return
  • J2 or F2 Visa
  • Proof of joint Stanford benefits

Lease documents and driver's licenses are insufficient for domestic partner courtesy cards.

Recreation ID cards

Recreation ID cards (also known as Cardinal Rec cards) are available for dependent children of Stanford faculty, staff, students, and Visiting Scholars, who are younger than 26 years old. These cards provide access only to athletic facilities.

To obtain a Recreation ID card for your dependent, submit a Help Ticket and attach your acceptable documentation from the list below, images of the government-issued photo ID (driver's license, state ID, or passport), and a photo of your depdendent(s). Once the Card Office has all of the required attachments, we will begin working on your request, then schedule an appointment to pick up the card(s), and process payment (see the ID Card Rates page).

The following forms of identification are acceptable with government-issued photo ID:

  • Birth certificate
  • Guardianship documentation
  • J2 or F2 Visa
  • Health insurance card or documentation (must have both names on health insurance cards)
Last modified February 15, 2024