About the University ID Card
The University ID Card is your passport to Teachers College and Columbia University. It grants you access to the libraries and other buildings as appropriate, borrowing privleges at the libraries, allows you to purchase services at various locations, and enables students to take advantages of various cultural dscount programs in New York City.
While each institution has its own card, you will only need one card throughout the Columbia community as one card can have multiple affiliations listed on the back of the card. The card face type is dependent on a predetermined hierarchy. The front of the card will also have an expiration date. Prior to the expiration date, cardholders are encouraged to visit the appropriate ID Card Office for a replacement.
On the back of the card, cardholders will see the various affiliations he/she has as well as a Unique Card Number (UCN). The UCN is only used to link the “active” card to an individual.
Obtaining a University ID Card:
All first time issuances of a University ID Card requires the receipient to show a valid U.S. ID or passport.
University ID Cards may be obtained by visiting the TC Office of Card Services in Whittier Hall Suite 1b, 1230 Amsterdam Avenue. Initial ID Cards are issued free.
UPLOAD YOUR PHOTO:
Incoming students who have activated their UNI may upload their photo directly to the University ID processing site by clicking on the submit photo icon below. Photos may be submitted up to 4 weeks prior to arrival to campus. 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
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 senstive, so please enter your UNI in lower case.
Replacing a University ID Card:
There are a variety reason for which ID cards need to be replaced:
Lost Cards: Please call the Office of Card Services at 212-678-3098 as soon as you realize you lost your card so that we can deactivate the card. A replacement card can be issued for a $20 fee.
Stolen Cards: Please call the Office of Card Services at 212-678-3098 as soon as you realize your card was stolen that we can deactivate the card. If you submit a copy of a police report indicating a theft, we will replace your Teachers College card at no charge. Otherwise, there is a $20 replacement fee.
Damaged Cards: Any card that has been bent, broken, hole-punched, sat on, or that shows any noticeable signs of neglect of damage, will be replaced for a $20 fee. Cards that appear to otherwise be in good condition, but unable to be read by our readers will be replaced for free.
Card Expiration Date Past: Bring your existing ID Card the Office of Card Services before the expiring date on the front of the card for a replacement as you must return the old card in order to receive a replacement at no charge. Otherwise, there is a $20 replacement fee.
Roles on Back of Card Have Changed: If there has been a change, adds or deletes, in the listed on the back of you ID Card, please nring your existing ID Card the Office of Card Services so we can verify the change(s) and issue a new card. You must return the old card in order to receive a replacement at no charge. Otherwise, there is a $20 replacement fee.
Name Change: If you have changed your name:
Students should contact the Office of the Registrar, 212-678-4050
Employees should contact the Office of Human Resources, 212-678-3175
Alumni should contact the Office of Alumni Relations, 212-678-3215
** New ID Cards can only be issued if the new name appears in BANNER and matches the government issues photo ID.
All others should bring their old ID showing your previous name and a copy of your marriage certificate, social security card, or other government identification which verifies your new name.
*** 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.
Responsible Office: Public Safety
Last Updated: April 2015