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FAQs- General

The Purdue University Identification (PUID) is a 10-digit number unique to each individual that is designed to:

  • Correctly and consistently establish an individual's distinct identity for University business.
  • Have value only in the Purdue University system.
  • Serve as one piece of identification. In addition, other means of authentication, such as a PIN, date of birth or other information may be required.
  • Allow an individual to access information or services when used with additional information.
  • Remain the same even when an individual's relationship with Purdue changes over time.

All persons affiliated with the University as a student, faculty member, staff member or affiliate will be assigned a PUID number upon joining the University community and then be eligible for an ID card.

New students attending Summer Transition, Advising and Registration (STAR):

STAR will be a virtual event starting on May 11th and continuing through July 10th this year, with no campus visits due to COVID. Therefore, we are developing a plan for student IDs for STAR and will share more information as it becomes available. We appreciate your patience. Please follow this link for more information about STAR You are still able to submit a photo online through our photo submission site.

Undergrad students:

Students must be enrolled for classes before we can issue a Purdue ID card. International undergraduate students must have a completed SEVIS form from the Office of International Students and Scholars before we can issue a Purdue ID card. That office is located in Room 136 of Schleman Hall.

Graduate students:

Graduate students must be enrolled for classes before we can issue a Purdue ID card.

Faculty and staff:

Staff members can obtain an optional photo identification card by providing a government-issued photo identification card (such as a driver´s license or passport) and their Purdue University identification number (PUID) at the Purdue ID Card Office. Since the PUID number is printed on the card, a card cannot be issued until a PUID number is assigned.

You can obtain your PUID number by contacting your business office or department, or by logging onto Employee Self Service (ESS). Once you are logged into ESS, click on Personal Information, then click on Additional Personal Data.

Visiting scholars:

International visiting scholars must have a completed SEVIS form from the Office of International Students and Scholars, located in Room 136 of Schleman Hall. A Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor Status (also known as a J-1 or DS-2019) must be provided along with your current passport.

Domestic visiting scholars:

Domestic visiting scholars must have an appointment letter on departmental letterhead that is signed by the department head, dean and the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs (or their designee) stating the term of their stay at Purdue. You will also need to provide a government-issued photo identification card such as a driver´s license or passport.

Official University retirees:

Retirees from the West Lafayette campus must show their official retiree letter and provide their current ID card to trade for a retiree ID card.

Please note that ID card information is processed on a daily basis and our office requires one to three business days to receive information after it is originally submitted to the Purdue system. Our office is unable to produce ID cards before they are in our system.

What if I have an error with my name, PUID number or card type?

Any informational or processing errors — such as an incorrect spelling, PUID number or card type — must be corrected within the source system.

  • You will need to Book an appointment to pick up your Purdue ID Card.  Your ID card can be picked up in Hovde Hall, room 14 teller window.

You can prove your identity with TWO of the following:

  • Concise class schedule with name and PUID number (electronic or printed)
  • Bursar bill with name and PUID number (electronic or printed)
  • Piece of mail with name and address
  • Paycheck stub with name and address
  • Credit or debit card
  • Certified copy of your birth certificate
  • Social Security card
  • A picture ID from another school or university

The photo taken for your Purdue ID card is stored digitally by the Purdue ID Card Office and may be used for other approved business purposes at Purdue. Your digital photograph may be used under the following circumstances:

  • For security and identification purposes.
  • To comply with applicable laws, regulations and lawful orders and requests to produce the photograph, upon direction and approval from the Office of Legal Counsel.

The first one's on us. Your first Purdue ID card is free and it never expires.

If your name or ID number has changed, you will need to go to the Registrar's Office in Hovde Hall, Room 45. After changing your name at the registrar, please bring your current ID card to the Purdue ID Card Office on the ground floor of Hovde Hall, Room 14. If you do not have your current card or if the ID rules (see above) were not followed, you will be charged a fee to replace the card. If the current ID card is turned in and the ID rules were followed, the card will be replaced free of charge.

The PUID printed on your Purdue ID card may be used to determine eligibility for services such as use of the Purdue Libraries, academic privileges, access to a computing career account, email privileges, CityBus services and more. Additional services may be added to the card.

  • This card is your official University ID and should be carried at all times. It’s the property of Purdue University and the policies and procedures of the University govern its use.
  • The Purdue ID card is a photo card and is to be used only by the person to whom it is issued. It is not to be loaned to any other person for use and is subject to confiscation if found in the possession of another person.
  • DO NOT mutilate the card, punch holes in it or change any of the information on the ID. Any of these misuses will result in a fee to replace the ID.
  • This card is NOT TRANSFERABLE.
  • The University is not responsible for any loss or expenses resulting from the loss, theft or misuse of this card.
  • If found, please return the card to the Purdue ID Card Office.
  • 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.



Return their Purdue ID Card to their departments.  


Return all Purdue ID Cards to the Purdue ID Card Office in Hovde Hall, room 14. Please include a note with the card as to why it is being returned. 

Human Resources Policy can be found here
Human Resources Policy can be found here
Human Resources Policy can be found here