Staff

All staff members of the University of Pennsylvania are eligible for a PennCard. 

There is no charge for your initial PennCard or renewal if it expires; other fees may apply for replacement cards.

You may apply for your first PennCard online and then make an appointment to pick up your card at the PennCard Office.

Important: A valid, US government issued photo I.D. or Passport will be required in order to pick up your first 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.

Full-time staff members paid directly by the University are eligible for a staff PennCard.

You may apply for your first PennCard online and then arrange to pick up the card at the PennCard Office.

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

There is no charge for your initial PennCard or renewals for expired cards; other fees may apply for replacement cards.

Temporary staff at the University of Pennsylvania are eligible for a temporary staff PennCard but they must be sponsored by a department/school/center.

  • In order to pick up your PennCard, please make an appointment to come to the PennCard Center after you receive confirmation that an electronic PennCard Request Form has been submitted on your behalf or bring a printed PennCard Request Form signed by your department.

  • On the day of your appointment, please bring a valid form of photo ID (U.S. government-issued photo ID, passport, past Penncard, etc.) to the PennCard Center

  • 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 members of the University of Pennsylvania on long-term disability are eligible for a PennCard.

Wait 1 business day after your department has made the appropriate changes to your record.

All retired full-time staff members of the University of Pennsylvania are eligible for a PennCard. A PennCard Request form is not needed.

There is no charge for your initial PennCard or renewal when it expires after five years; other fees may apply for lost/stolen or damaged replacement cards.

To obtain a Retired Staff PennCard, come to the PennCard Center at least one day after the date you officially retire.

It can take up to two (2) hours for building access privileges to become available again after receiving a new PennCard. This applies for most campus buildings.

If you previously had access to Perelman School of Medicine or Health System buildings and recently received a new PennCard, you must contact PSOM Public Safety to have your access restored. Visit 109 Stellar-Chance Laboratories or call 215.898.0196.