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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 into swipe controlled buildings, labs, and rooms across campus. Money deposited onto your Campus Card can be used most locations on campus including vending machines and pay-for-print stations and select locations in the surrounding Catonsville/Arbutus area.

Please click here to review the Campus Card Terms and Conditions for specific information regarding the management of your UMBC Campus Card account.

Obtaining a Card

All UMBC students, faculty, and staff are entitled to receive a Campus Card. The first card is issued at no charge typically during orientation day for students and at the beginning of employment for faculty and staff. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are requiring all new students, faculty, and staff to submit a photo online. Once your photo has been accepted, you may visit the Campus Card Center (University Center, 112) to pick up your Campus Card. Current hours of operation are Monday – Friday from 10AM – 2PM.

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:

– Drivers license (domestic or foreign)
– Identification Card (domestic or foreign)
– Passport or passport card
– Employment Authorization Card
– Permanent Resident Card
– Military or Dependent ID
– Birth Certificate and any form of 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 fees for lost and/or stolen cards is $20 paid at the office via check, Retriever Dollars 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 locations have kiosks where you can add cash to your card:

  • The Commons – first floor
    The following departments can also add cash to your card:

  • Bursar’s Office – Administration Building, 3rd Floor
    Additionally, funds can be applied via check which can be mailed or hand-delivered to our office. All checks must be made out to UMBC and your campus ID number (ex: AA12345) should be written on the check. Checks may be mailed to the following address:

    University of Maryland, Baltimore County
    Campus Card & Mail Services
    1000 Hilltop Circle
    University Center 112
    Baltimore, MD 21250

    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, account balances, manage deposits, and even mark your card as lost if you misplace it.
  • Keeping your card in your wallet or in a card holder can help to protect against damages.
  • Lots of local businesses will offer a discount simply by showing your UMBC ID.