Campus Card Information


In addition to being the official photo ID of UMBC, your Campus Card is also your meal, library, gym, and transit card. Your card can provide access to swipe-controlled buildings, labs, and rooms across campus. Money deposited onto your Campus Card can be used in most locations on campus including vending machines and pay-for-print stations and select locations in the surrounding Catonsville/Arbutus area.

Obtaining a Card

The first step in obtaining your UMBC Campus Card is to upload your photo. All photos must be submitted through our online photo upload portal. Additional instructions on uploading a photo can be found here. Once your photo is approved, you will receive an email with pick-up instructions.

In order to release a UMBC Campus Card to any person, a form of valid (non-expired), government-issued photo ID must be presented. Please note, you must have the original document in hand – photocopies and electronic photos of an ID are not accepted. The card will only be released to the designated cardholder – family or friends may not pick up the card for you. The following are the various, acceptable forms of government-issued photo ID:

Driver’s License or State ID (Domestic or International)

Passport or Passport Card

Employment Authorization Card

Permanent Resident Card

Military or Dependent ID

Birth Certificate & Any Photo ID

All questions or concerns pertaining to your Campus Card should be submitted to the Campus Card Center online, or by phone at 443-612-2273.

Shady Grove students are also eligible to receive a UMBC Campus Card. Please refer to the instructions here for more information.


Replacements for lost, stolen, and damaged cards can be obtained from our office – cards cannot be mailed or released to anyone other than the cardholder. Additionally, you must have a form of valid, government-issued photo ID for any replacements.

The replacement fee for lost and/or stolen cards is $20 payable by Retriever Dollars (money on Campus Card) or E-Bill. Damaged cards are replaced at no charge at the discretion of Campus Card & Mail Services staff.

Making Deposits

Deposits can be made to your card both online and in person. Click here to add funds to your Campus Card with any valid American Express, Mastercard, Visa, or Discover credit card. The minimum deposit amount is $10 and for each deposit, there is a 2.75% convenience fee. You may also access your account to make a deposit through your myUMBC profile.

The following departments can also add cash to your card:

  • Campus Information Center – Commons Building, main floor
  • Bursar’s Office – Administration Building, 3rd Floor

The following departments can deposit funds to your card with a check:

  • Campus Card & Mail Services – University Center, Room 112

For additional questions or concerns regarding the UMBC Campus Card, please click here.

Helpful Hints

  • You have 24-hour access to view your Campus Card account online. You can view your transaction history and account balances, manage deposits, and even mark your card as lost if you misplace it.
  • Keeping your card in your wallet or in a cardholder can help to protect against damages.
  • Lots of local businesses will offer a discount simply by showing your UMBC ID.