Purdue ID Card

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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 eAccounts you have cash-free buying power for food, laundry and much more. It’s as easy as GET IT, LOAD IT, and USE IT!

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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 on the ground floor, room 5, of Hovde Hall 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.

Who can get a Purdue ID Card?

A $25 replacement fee will be charged if this card is lost, damaged or stolen.

Sign up for Boiler Express

Unlock 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.

Submit photo online


2 - Load It


Boiler Express

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.  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.

Deposit $

Need more money on your BoilerExpress account? You can add funds to your account in person during normal businss hours at the Purdue ID Card Office, Smalley Center or at the Main Office of the following halls in University Residences:

or online via BoilerExpress eAccounts. Please note there is a $3.00 convenience fee per deposit when using the BoilerExpress eAccounts portal.

Through BoilerExpress eAccounts online, users can access information for BoilerExpress, check balances and review transaction history. Through BoilerExpress eAccounts, cardholders, parents or guests can also deposit funds directly to BoilerExpress via Visa, MasterCard and Discover cards.

Credit cards accepted, visa, mastercard, and discover          Add money to your card

Use Your BoilerExpress Account

Boiler Express

Talk about easy buying power — once you activate your BoilerExpress 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.


“My Purdue ID Card is very important, I use it all over campus, the co-rec, my residence hall, and dining courts, it really is my key to campus.”
– Adam V. Dean, Senior, Chemical Engineering

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.

  • Purchase food, school supplies, postage stamps, admission to PSUB movies and certain events, other goods and services
  • Use vending machines in various locations
  • Use washers and dryers in residence halls and such other uses as we may add to the service from time to time.
  • When you use your Purdue ID Card to purchase goods and services we will deduct the amount from your BoilerExpress account. You may not withdraw cash from your BoilerExpress account.

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 deposit and we must collect the funds before your Purdue ID Card may be used for purchases again.

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

How to use your card

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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

Contact Us

Mailing Address:
610 Memorial Mall
Hovde Hall, Room 5
West Lafayette  IN  47906

Campus Location:
Hovde Hall of Administration
Ground Floor,
ID Card Office Window


Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:30 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.  
Click here for entire mission statement.