Purdue ID Card

Your Purdue ID Card proclaims you as a member of the Purdue community and is your key to access essential campus services.

One card does it all. From on-campus dining to free bus rides to great discounts, your Purdue ID Card (also sometimes called your PUID or photo ID) gets you access to many special features of being a Boilermaker. Even better — once you unlock your Purdue ID Card’s potential with BoilerExpress Online (Coming soon), you have cash-free buying power for food, laundry and much more. It’s as easy as GET IT, LOAD IT, and USE IT!

1 - Get It

Get Your Card

All persons affiliated with the University as a student, faculty or staff (regular, temporary or affiliate) will be assigned a PUID number upon joining the University community.

It takes just a few minutes to get your Purdue ID Card. Visit the Purdue ID Card Office in Room 130 of the Purdue Memorial Union to get your photo taken and your card created or you can submit your photo online and save time standing in line!

You will be required to show an official government-issued photo ID when you pick up your card such as a driver’s license, passport, military or state ID and provide your 10-digit PUID number.

Report lost or stolen card.

Online Photo Submission Application for New Students

Student ID Card

2 - Load It


Boiler ExpressUnlock the Purdue ID's potential with a BoilerExpress account — it'll give you cash-free buying power on campus. You can use it for food, laundry and much more.

Your Boiler Express debit account is a restricted spending account. It allows you to enjoy the convenience of purchasing power all across campus without carrying cash or checks. You will need to make a deposit into this account by depositing cash or check. Each time you use your Boiler Express debit account, the amount of your purchase will automatically be deducted from your account. Once you put the money into your account, the balance stays with you until you graduate, or terminate all affiliations with Purdue University.

Use of the Purdue ID Card

The power is in your hands with your official Purdue ID Card — it's your key (literally) to access many facilities and services on campus. There's even a discount program for faculty and staff

Limits on the Use of Your Purdue ID Card

You may use your Purdue ID Card as many times a day as you wish, provided there are sufficient funds in your BoilerExpress account to pay for the goods or services purchased.

You may purchase items up to the full amount available in your BoilerExpress account at the time of the purchase without limits. If you use all the funds in your account, you must make another deposits and we must collect the funds before your Purdue ID Card may be used for purchases again.

Boiler Express Online Coming Soon!

There are no sign-up fees, no monthly or interest charges, and no minimum balance to maintain.

Deposit $

Need more money on your BoilerExpress account? You can add funds to your account at any time and deposits can be made in cash or check form with a $10 minimum.

Deposits are accepted at the Card Services Office and Bursar teller windows. University Residences will accept cash, check, credit/debit card and BoilerExpress transactions in the following residence’s main office only (no longer at each hall):

Closing your account

Accounts may be closed at the end of the academic year, or when you withdraw from the University. Proceeds from the closed accounts will be paid through the Office of the Bursar, and will be subject to offset against other debts owed the University. A fee of $10 is charged to close an account if a refund of the balance is requested. The Office of the Bursar will not issue checks for balances under $5. Please allow six weeks for processing account closure requests.

The Fine Print

BoilerExpress Regulations

You may open an account by submitting an application along with a starting balance of $25 or more. Additional deposits of $10 or more may be made at any time. Deposits are credited to your account on the day they are received. Deposits are made by cash or check only, no debit or credit cards.

Your debit account balance will be carried forward from semester to semester as long as you are enrolled or employed by the University. The University retains the right to deactivate accounts that are dormant for over 120 days. These inactive accounts are subject to a $5 per month maintenance fee.

Cash refunds are not made for returned merchandise. Cash withdrawals will not be permitted.

Future changes in terms and conditions regulating use of this debit account will apply to all cards in circulation and use at that future date and will supersede the terms and conditions in effect at the time the card was acquired.


Use Your BoilerExpress Account

Talk about easy buying power — once you activate your BoilerExpress Online (Coming soon) account, you can use your Purdue ID Card to make all kinds of purchases at the following locations:

Residence Halls

All Residence Hall and laundry facilities are BoilerExpress-enabled, with the exception of Hilltop Apartments and Purdue Village.


"I can use my BoilerExpress account everywhere on campus, even to do laundry!" -Student

3 - Use It

Use Your Purdue ID Card

The power is in your hands with your official Purdue ID Card — it's your key (literally) to access many facilities and services on campus. There's even a discount program for faculty and staff.

One of the easiest ways to use your Purdue ID Card is to buy food. Wherever you are on campus — from the residence halls to the Union — you have several options for using your card to get a meal or snack.

How to use your card



Where and how you can use your Purdue ID

Rec Sports Access to all the facilities, programs and services offered by the Division of Recreational Sports Rec Sports Building Access Access to various academic buildings, computer labs or residence halls. Residence hall students have 24-hour card access to their own building and to the front doors of other halls between the hours of 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. Building Access Libraries Check out books at the library.Libraries Transportation Ride CityBus at no charge.Transportation Meals Enjoy meals in the residence hall dining courts as a part of your meal plan.Meals Boiler Express Want more? Just open a BoilerExpress account for cash-free buying power on campus. Boiler Express Online Coming soon!Boiler Express

Contact Us

Purdue ID Card Office
Purdue Memorial Union
Room 130
West Lafayette  IN  47906


Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:15 am - 4:30 pm


Mission Statement:

We bring value to the Purdue ID Card through a one-card solution involving academics, finance, access and identification for students, faculty and staff.  
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