Student Identification Card

Your Washington University Student ID card is used for many purposes, including: checking out library materials; accessing certain academic buildings after hours; signing-in at Student Health Services; entering the Sumers Recreation Center; attending certain University events; and riding University Shuttle busses or MetroLink with U-Pass. Students may also wish to deposit money into a Bear Bucks account – a cashless system that allows students to use their ID cards to make purchases on and off campus.

New incoming students must apply for a WashU ID card before August 1. Apply here.
You will need to submit an ID photo as part of your application. Please adhere to the following specifications:

  • Color photo (JPEG image)
  • Full face or front view
  • Plain white or off-white background
  • Image from top of head to top of shoulders
  • Cardholder must be the only person in the picture
  • All hats or headgear should be removed for the photo, except coverings worn for religious purposes
  • No item or attire should cover or otherwise obscure any part of the face
  • Dark glasses or nonprescription glasses with tinted lenses are not acceptable unless needed for medical reasons