Guests/Others

In an effort to limit visits to the PennCard Center for non-essential business, the following card types will not be issued, new or for renewal, until further notice:

  • Alumni*
  • Alumni Spouse
  • Child / Dependent
  • Recreation
  • Spouse / Partner

* Alumni may apply for a PennCard, new or renewal, by mail.

Guests of the University of Pennsylvania and contracted employees may obtain a PennCard through the sponsorship of a University department.

Spouses/domestic partners and children of faculty, students, staff, and alumni may also obtain a PennCard.

Important: A valid, US government issued photo I.D. or Passport will be required in order to pick up your first PennCard (excepting minor children / dependents seeking a Child / Dependent PennCard):

  • A valid Federal or U.S. state/territorial government-issued photo I.D. such as a driver’s license or photo ID card.
  • A valid passport.

No other documentation can be accepted other than those above. Unacceptable documents include, but are not limited to:

  • Reproductions or photographs of documents;
  • Expired or otherwise invalid documents;
  • International driving licenses;
  • Voting registration cards;
  • Visas or other immigration documents;
  • Photo identification from another educational institution.

Some Guest categories have modified or additional requirements from those above; please see the relevant section below for more information.

Guests of the University of Pennsylvania may obtain a PennCard through the sponsorship of a University department.

  • In order to pick up your PennCard, please come to the PennCard center with a valid passport or US government-issued photo ID to the PennCard Center.

  • Bring a completed PennCard request form with the appropriate box checked.

  • There is a $30 fee for the card. The PennCard center will bill the cardholder’s department as long as the proper 26-digit budget code is entered on the form. If there is no budget code, the cardholder will be responsible for the fee. The fee can be paid by cash, check, or Visa/MasterCard.

Adjunct faculty at the University of Pennsylvania are eligible for faculty PennCard.

  • In order to pick up your PennCard, please come to the PennCard center 1 business day after the day you start working.

  • Bring a valid passport or US government-issued photo ID to the PennCard center.

  • Bring a completed PennCard request form with the appropriate box checked.

  • There is a $30 fee for the card. The PennCard center will bill the cardholder’s department as long as the proper 26-digit budget code is entered on the form. If there is no budget code, the cardholder will be responsible for the fee. The fee can be paid by cash, check, or Visa/MasterCard.

Children or minor dependents of University of Pennsylvania students, regular faculty, or staff are eligible for a Child/Dependent PennCard. Please use the following procedure to obtain a Child/Dependent PennCard:

  • Both the PennCard holder and the minor child/dependent must come to the PennCard Center together.

  • The PennCard holder must bring their valid PennCard and their Child/Dependent must present a valid form of identification.

  • Bring documentation that shows proof of the minor child/dependent relationship with the PennCard holder. A birth certificate, insurance card, or similar documentation with the names of both the Penn affiliate and minor child/dependent are acceptable

  • A PennCard will be issued that will expire when the sponsoring PennCard holder's card expires.

  • There is a $30 charge for the card and this charge may be paid by cash, check, Visa or MasterCard by the cardholder.

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) employees may obtain a PennCard for use at the Library and the University’s recreation services. 

  • For your first card, you must contact CHOP Information Technology (IT) to be entered into Penn Community.
  • Your card is valid for one year.
  • There is a $30 fee for the card

Consultants and contractors retained by a University department may obtain a PennCard through sponsorship of that department.

  • In order to pick up your PennCard, please come to the PennCard center with a valid passport or US government-issued photo ID to the PennCard center.

  • Bring a completed PennCard request form with the appropriate box checked.

  • There is a $30 fee for the card. The PennCard center will bill the cardholder’s department as long as the proper 26-digit budget code is entered on the form. If there is no budget code, the cardholder will be responsible for the fee. The fee can be paid by cash, check, or Visa/MasterCard.

Individuals affiliated with a particular University of Pennsylvania department may obtain a Courtesy Appointment PennCard through the sponsorship of that department.

  • In order to pick up your PennCard, please come to the PennCard center with a valid passport or US government-issued photo ID to the PennCard center.

  • Bring a completed PennCard request form with the appropriate box checked.

  • There is a $30 fee for the card. The PennCard center will bill the cardholder’s department as long as the proper 26-digit budget code is entered on the form. If there is no budget code, the cardholder will be responsible for the fee. The fee can be paid by cash, check, or Visa/MasterCard.

Individuals affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania's College House System may obtain a PennCard by permission of the Office of College Houses and Academic Services. Please use the following procedure to obtain your College House Associate PennCard:

  • Bring a completed PennCard Request Form (this form must be completed by the Office of College Houses and Academic Services), along with a valid, government issued photo I.D. to the PennCard Center.

  • You will then be issued a PennCard good until the date specified on the PennCard Request Form.

  • There is a $30 fee and this charge may be paid by the cardholder by cash, check, Visa or Master Card, or the PennCard Center will bill the cardholder's department as long as the proper 26-digit budget code is entered on the PennCard Request Form.

Individuals affiliated with the Chaplain's Office at the University of Pennsylvania may obtain a PennCard by permission of the Chaplain. There is no fee charged, however your Business Administrator must fill out a completed PennCard Request Form.

Members of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute are eligible to have a PennCard. Please use the following procedure to obtain your Howard Hughes PennCard:

  • Bring a completed PennCard Request Form (this form must be completed by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute), along with a valid government issued photo I.D. to the PennCard Center.

  • You will then be issued a PennCard good until the date specified on the PennCard Request Form (not to exceed 2 years).

  • There is a $30 fee and this charge may be paid by the cardholder by cash, check, Visa or MasterCard.

NROTC Faculty at the University of Pennsylvania are eligible to have a PennCard. Please use the following procedure to obtain your NROTC Faculty PennCard:

  • Bring a completed PennCard Request Form (this form must be completed by the NROTC or Naval Science Department), along with a valid, government issued photo I.D. to the PennCard Center.

  • You will then be issued a PennCard good until the date specified on the PennCard Request Form (not to exceed 1 year).

  • There is a $30 fee for the card and this charge may be paid by the cardholder by cash, check, Visa or Master Card, or the PennCard Center will bill the cardholder's department as long as the proper 26-digit budget code is entered on the PennCard Request Form.

Senior Associates officially enrolled and registered in a course may obtain a PennCard free of charge by visiting the PennCard Center and presenting a valid, government issued photo I.D. If you are not officially enrolled in a course, you must contact the College of General Studies in order to obtain a PennCard.

Spouses or domestic partners of University of Pennsylvania students, regular faculty, staff, and alumni are eligible for a Spouse/Partner PennCard. Please review the Spouse/Partner Policy below. If you do not have any documentation (see third bullet point below) fill out the Domestic Partner Approval Form:

  • Both the PennCard holder and the spouse or partner must come to the PennCard Center.

  • The PennCard holder must bring their valid PennCard and their spouse/partner must bring a valid government issued photo I.D.

  • Bring documentation that shows proof of marriage or domestic partnership. Acceptable documentation (which must show the same last names or both last names) includes a marriage certificate, a shared lease, a shared bank or credit account or a passport coded for partner or spouse (J2 or F2). 

  • A PennCard will be issued that will expire when the sponsoring PennCard holder's card expires.

  • There is a $30 charge for the card and this charge may be paid by cash, check, Visa or MasterCard by the cardholder.

Students visiting the University of Pennsylvania may obtain a PennCard through the sponsorship of the University department.

  • In order to pick up your PennCard, please come to the PennCard center with a valid passport or US government-issued photo ID to the PennCard center.

  • Bring a completed PennCard request form with the appropriate box checked.

  • There is a $30 fee for the card. The PennCard center will bill the cardholder’s department as long as the proper 26-digit budget code is entered on the form. If there is no budget code, the cardholder will be responsible for the fee. The fee can be paid by cash, check, or Visa/MasterCard.

Staff of the Wistar Institute are eligible to have a PennCard. Please use the following procedure to obtain your Wistar Staff PennCard:

  • Please contact Wistar Human Resources department to confirm your eligibility for a PennCard.

  • Once confirmed, stop by the PennCard Center to obtain your PennCard.

Wistar faculty are eligible for faculty PennCard.

  • In order to pick up your PennCard, please come to the PennCard center 1 business day after the day you start working.

  • Bring a valid passport or US government-issued photo ID to the PennCard center.

  • Bring a completed PennCard request form with the appropriate box checked.