Students

All currently enrolled students are eligible for a PennCard. There is no charge for your initial PennCard, renewals for expired cards, or where the replacement is necessitated by a change in name or identification.

The PennCard is University property, and should receive the same care as a credit card or government-issued ID card. A fee may apply to replace a PennCard that has been lost or damaged.

Incoming Undergraduates Fall 2022 -You will receive your first PennCards when you move into your residence.

Graduate students 2022 - Incoming graduate students should consult with their programs to see whether their cards will be provided at their school orientations or if they need to visit the PennCard Center upon arrival on campus..

Important: To receive your first PennCard, students must present the following documentation:

  • Domestic students must present in person a valid photo ID issued by the U.S Federal Government, a U.S. state, or a U.S. territory or overseas possession. (Examples: driver's license, state-issued photo ID card, U.S. military ID.)
  • International students must present their passport in person.

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;
  • Identification cards issued outside of the United States and its territories;
  • International driving licenses;
  • Voting registration cards;
  • Visas or other immigration documents;
  • Photo identification from another educational institution.

 

Important: You must produce a valid Passport or a valid photo ID issued by a U.S. state, territory, or the U.S. Federal Government to receive your first PennCard.

You must bring one of the following to the PennCard office:

  • A valid passport.
  • A valid valid photo ID issued by a U.S. state, territory, or the U.S. Federal Government (examples: driver's license, state-issued photo ID card, U.S. military ID)

If you have specified a Preferred First Name in Path@Penn, that name will appear on your PennCard; otherwise, your legal name will appear. To make changes or if you see an error, please update your information in Path@Penn. NOTE: Any changes you make in your Preferred Name will not be reflected on your PennCard until it is printed. Therefore, if you want your Legal Name to appear on your PennCard, you should wait to enter a Preferred Name until after you have picked up your PennCard.

All currently enrolled students are eligible for a PennCard.

There is no charge for your initial PennCard, renewals for expired cards, or where the replacement is necessitated by a change in name or identification.

A fee may apply to replace a PennCard that has been lost or damaged.

Because your PennCard affects building access and financial transactions, it is extremely important to notify the PennCard Center or Public Safety when your PennCard has been lost or stolen.

 

New students can apply for their PennCard at Campus Express Online. You’ll receive your card when you arrive on campus.

All other students may obtain their PennCards from the PennCard Center.

 

Students of the University of Pennsylvania who are not currently enrolled but have not yet completed their course of study are eligible to have a PennCard. Please use the following procedure to obtain your Student-on-Leave PennCard:

  • Contact the person or office in your School responsible for updating Student Account Adjustments (SAJ), and ask to be billed the Special Services Fee for students on leave. The fee is billed per semester.
  • Wait 24 hours.
  • Go to Student Financial Service (SFS), located in Room 100 of the Franklin Building, and ask for a copy of your bill showing the most recent transactions. This bill should show the Special Services Fee as a pending charge for the current semester. If this charge does not appear on the statement that you receive from SFS, please give your School office another few days, or contact them to see when your account will be updated.
  • Bring your receipt and a valid, government issued photo I.D. to the PennCard Center and you will be issued a Student-on-Leave card good for the number of semesters for which you have paid the Special Services Fee.
  • There is a $30 fee for this card. Once you reenroll as a student, turn in your unexpired Student-on-Leave card to obtain a new Student card at no cost.

All currently enrolled English Language Program students are eligible to have a PennCard. ELP program personnel will contact you for your photo for your PennCard. Please respond promptly to their request so your PennCard will be ready when you arrive on campus.

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 buildings and recently received a new or renewed PennCard, you must contact PSOM Security to have your access restored. Visit 109 Stellar-Chance Laboratories or call 215.898.0196. You must contact this office to renew your access each time you receive a new PennCard.

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