Getting Your CrimsonCard

Who can get a CrimsonCard?

CrimsonCards are available to all IU students, faculty, and staff. Other options are also available for non-IU personnel who may need access to CrimsonCard features. See below for more details and requirements.

  • Current students, faculty, and staff

    Current students, faculty, and staff can exchange their current campus ID card for a CrimsonCard at no cost. Bring your card to any campus CrimsonCard office. A new photo will be taken at that time.

  • New students, faculty, and staff

    New students will receive their CrimsonCard during student orientation. Come prepared to have your picture taken, and bring a valid, government-issued photo ID as well as your 10-digit University ID number.

    New students not attending orientation can obtain a CrimsonCard after registering for classes. Visit any campus CrimsonCard office with a valid, government-issued photo ID as well as your 10-digit University ID number.

    New faculty and staff can obtain a CrimsonCard after being entered into HR systems. Visit any campus CrimsonCard office with a valid, government-issued photo ID as well as your 10-digit University ID number.

  • Affiliates

    Affiliates are individuals who require an ID card to access services or facilities but are not registered students or employees of Indiana University. They must be sponsored by a department. 

    To receive a card, affiliates must present a document from the sponsoring department and a valid, government-issued photo ID at any CrimsonCard office location.

    Affiliates with a valid, current campus ID may exchange it for a CrimsonCard at no cost. 

  • Guests

    Guests are individuals who require temporary access to IU facilities or would like to make purchases using a CrimsonCard.

    The cost of a CrimsonCard for an IU affiliate or guest is $20. A valid, government-issued photo ID must be presented.

Preferred names and CrimsonCard

Your preferred name will appear on your CrimsonCard. Unless you elect to change it in IU's database, your preferred name automatically matches your primary, or legal, name.

Why this matters

If your preferred name significantly varies from your primary name (e.g. Bob instead of Robert or a name that better represents your gender identity), you cannot use your CrimsonCard as state voter identification. Remember to take another form of photo ID with you when you vote in Indiana.

See the IU Knowledge Base for more information about preferred names.