Students must be registered to attend a New Student Orientation program and have their IU username and passphrase to begin the process of getting their CrimsonCard. If this is you, let's get started! If you still need to do one or more of the tasks above, come back to this page when you're ready!
Step 1 - Log in to your CrimsonCard account using your IU username and passphrase. Click 'Get a New Card' in the main menu.
Step 2 - Take or find your best photo that meets ALL the requirements. Click 'Browse' to select your photo. Make any adjustments if needed, check the box to confirm it meets all the requirements, and click ‘Continue’.
Step 3 - Click 'Browse' to select your documentation verifying your identity. A driver's license, state ID, military ID, passport, or current high school ID will work.
Step 4 - Select how you would like to receive your CrimsonCard - mail or pick up.
Step 5 - If you choose mail, you will be prompted to provide your mailing address. If you choose pick up, you will need to select IU Bloomington New Student Orientation as your pick up location. Click 'Submit'.
Please note CrimsonCards can only be mailed to addresses within the United States. Students with an international address can schedule a time to pick up their card upon arriving to campus or can request a no-photo CrimsonCard be mailed.
Step 6 - Notification will be sent to your University email address within three days informing you that your photo and documentation were either approved or denied.
If approved, your CrimsonCard will be printed. It will then be mailed or held in the office for pick up depending on what you chose. It is encouraged to schedule an appointment if you pick up your CrimsonCard in person.
If denied, you'll need to resubmit a photo and documentation that meet the requirements.
Your photo MUST meet all the requirements below to be approved!
- Background must be SOLID, smooth, and white, light-colored, or gray
- Must be current (taken within the last 6 months)
- Do not use any filters to alter the photo (resist the temptation)
- Must be passport-style: forward-facing, head and top of the shoulders in the frame.
- Your entire face must be visible. Please no hats, sunglasses, headphones, scarves, hairstyles etc. that obstruct your face. (Religious head coverings are permitted)
- Color photos only
- Photo must include only you - no pets, friends, props, etc. allowed
- Natural or neutral expression/smile
- Photo must be a .jpg (or .jpeg) file format
- 3 MB file size limit
YES! Students who upload an approved photo and documentation verifying their identity have the option to have their CrimsonCard mailed directly to them. Simply select 'Mail' and provide your mailing address during the photo/documentation upload process. Your CrimsonCard should arrive within two weeks.
Please note, this option is only available to those with an address within the United States. Students with an international address can schedule a time to pick up their CrimsonCard upon arrival to campus or request a no-photo CrimsonCard be mailed.
Yes! Students who upload an approved photo and documentation verifying their identity have the option to pick up their CrimsonCard in-person. Simply schedule an appointment to come in and get it!
Students are strongly encouraged to upload their photo and documentation verifying their identity online. Those who want to have their photo taken in the office and receive their CrimsonCard at that time can do so by scheduling an appointment.
Please remember to bring a government issued photo ID such as a driver's license, passport, state ID, military ID, or current high school ID.