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Retriever Card Information


In addition to being the official photo ID of UMBC, your Retriever 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 Retriever 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 Retriever Card Terms and Conditions for specific information regarding the management of your UMBC Retriever Card account.

Obtaining a Card

All UMBC students, faculty, and staff are entitled to receive a Retriever 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.
To obtain a card, simply visit our office anytime during while we’re open – no appointments are necessary. Be sure to have a form of valid, government-issued photo ID. Accepted forms of ID are:

  • Drivers License, Learners Permit or State ID (International licenses/IDs are accepted).
  • Passport or passport card.
  • Military/Dependent ID
  • Permanent Resident Card
  • Any form of photo ID with birth certificate.
    Shady Grove students are also eligible to receive a UMBC Retriever 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 cash, check or Retriever Dollars or $30 billed to your student account. 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 Retriever 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:

  • A.O.K Library – first floor printing station
  • The Commons – first floor
  • University Center – first floor
    The following departments can also add cash to your card:

  • Campus Card Center – University Center 112
  • Commons Information Center – The Commons lobby
  • 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 Retriever Card, please click here.

    Helpful Hints

  • You have 24-hour access to view your Retriever 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.