ID Cards

The Office of the University Registrar is responsible for creating university picture ID cards for the Cornell community. IDs are produced between 8 AM and 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

The Cornell University ID card identifies you as a current member of the Cornell community. Depending on your relationship to the university and the services that you sign up for, your ID card may be used for:

  • An electronic door key and to access a variety of functions and facilities on campus-including athletic events
  • Cornellcard charges
  • Dining units
  • Fitness centers
  • Libraries
  • Transportation services

ID cards are the property of Cornell University. Cardholders are responsible for keeping the ID card safe and in good working condition.

Student ID Cards

All students (including those in non-degree programs) must carry a Student ID card. The ID card becomes inactive upon termination or interruption of enrollment at Cornell. Staff members who are in the employee degree program are not eligible for a Student ID card.

There is a $40 replacement fee for lost, stolen, or damaged Student ID cards. The fee can be paid by cash, check, or charged to the Student's Bursar account.

Faculty/Staff ID Cards

All regular and temporary, benefits eligible faculty and staff members are eligible for a Faculty/Staff ID card. ID cards become active on the first day of one's appointment. The ID card becomes void upon termination or interruption of employment.

Affiliate ID Cards

Employees of affiliate organizations that have legally binding affiliate and operating agreements with Cornell University are eligible for an Affiliate ID card. To obtain a card, employees must present proof of employment, such as a letter documenting service, to the Office of the University Registrar. The ID card becomes void upon termination or interruption of employment.

Spouse/Partner ID Cards

Spouses and registered domestic partners of Cornell faculty, staff, retiree, emeritus and full-time registered students are eligible for a Spouse/Partner ID card.

Spouse/Partner ID Cards may be obtained from the Office of the University Registrar, B07 Day Hall, beginning the third week of the semester. Both spouses/partners must be present and the following documentation must be provided:

  • Photo identification for both spouses/partners. Cornell faculty, staff, retiree, emeritus and full-time registered students must present their valid Cornell ID card at the time of the request.
  • Spouse/partner id card request form

A $40 cash or check payment (or bursar charge to the student's Bursar account) is required. A $40 per card replacement fee will be charged for all lost, stolen, or damaged cards. The ID card becomes void upon termination or interruption of the spouse/partner's university enrollment/employment.

Faculty, staff, retiree and emeritus spouse/partner ID cards are also available by appointment from the Human Resources Service Center, 607-255-0056, TTY 607-255-4943, or onboarding@cornell.edu. Student spouse/partner ID cards are only available from the Office of the University Registrar.

Retiree and Retiree 25 ID Cards

Retired university faculty and staff are eligible for a retiree ID card. Employees with 25 or more years of service are eligible for a Retiree 25 ID card.

Emeritus and Emeritus 25 ID Cards

Retired faculty and staff members appointed "Emeritus/Emerita" are eligible for an Emeritus ID card.

ID Card Policy (August 2002, amended August 2011, September 2014)

The Cornell University identification card identifies you as a current member of the Cornell community. Depending on your relationship to the university and the services that you sign up for, your ID card can also be used as an electronic door key and to access a variety of functions and facilities on campus-including athletic events, Cornellcard charges, dining units, fitness centers, libraries, transportation services, and parking and vending machines.

The ID card is the property of the university, must be carried at all times, and is non-transferable. It may be used for such purposes as the university designates and may be revoked at any time. This card must be presented and/or surrendered upon demand by a university official; failure to do so, or lending this card to anyone, is considered misuse and may subject the holder to disciplinary action, under the Campus Code of Conduct. Lost and stolen cards must be reported promptly to the Office of the University Registrar. There is a $40 replacement fee for lost, stolen, or damaged Student ID cards. The fee can be paid by cash, check, or charged to the Student's Bursar account.

No person shall possess more than one Cornell University identification card. All cards, not previously replaced, that have been turned in to the Office of the University Registrar are kept on file for one complete semester to enable the person to claim the lost identification card. If the person has already replaced his/her identification card when the original one is turned in, the found identification card is destroyed. This action is noted on the card report/replacement form that was filled out when the card was lost.

Students with Cornellcard privileges are responsible for charges incurred by use of this card (up to $50.00, if reported lost or stolen). Refer to the Cornellcard contract for specific terms.

This card is void upon termination or interruption of enrollment and/or employment.

At present, there is no provision for a temporary identification card, whether it be for a visitor on campus or a lost card, issued through the Office of the University Registrar.

For the most current information about Cornell identification cards, contact the Office of the University Registrar, B07 Day Hall.