Obtaining an ID card
All first time issuances of a University ID Card requires the recipient to show a valid U.S. ID or passport.
Initial ID Cards are issued at no charge.
University ID Cards may be obtained by visiting the TC Office of Card Services located in
Whittier Hall Suite 1B
1230 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027
When entering the building, inform the Public Safety Officer on duty that you are here to pick up your ID.
Submit a Photo
Important: ID Photo submission will be disabled for a system upgrade beginning 8:00 PM EDT on Saturday, August 11th. You may resume submitting photos at 9:00 AM EDT on Monday, August 13.
Upload Your Photo
Incoming students who have activated their UNI should upload their photo directly to the University ID processing site by clicking on the submit photo icon below. Failure to do so may cause extended wait times when picking up ID cards. The photo must be passport-style and meet the below specifications:
- The photo should be a color, JPEG file
- The background should be uniform and light-colored
- You must be facing forward, with your head and shoulders clearly visible
- No photos with sunglasses or hats will be accepted
- The file cannot exceed 100k in size
Please note: The size of the photo you submit must be less than 100 kilobytes. All photo submissions are reviewed before being activated, so please note approval time may be necessary.
If you need to resize your photo before submitting, you may do so by using any of the following applications:
- Desktop: Picasa, Photoshop, Microsoft Picture Manager (PC only), and iPhoto (Mac only).
- Online: Web Resizer
You may also upload a photo to Facebook or a similar networking site, resize it, and then export it to your desktop.
Please note, this feature is available only to new students/faculty/staff/contractors at Columbia University or affiliated schools — Teachers College, Barnard College, and Union Theological Seminary.
If you are a new student and have activated your UNI, click on the below camera to upload your photo. When prompted for your UNI, the program is case sensitive, so please enter your UNI in lower case.
*** To prevent possible identity fraud, whether first time issuance or replacement card, all cardholders are required to pick up their TC ID Card in person.