Student Husky Card

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Students who are eligible to register, or who have already registered, may obtain their UW ID cards (Husky Cards).

Obtaining a Husky Card

Your on-campus orientation session will include a stop at the Husky Card Account & ID Center. If you have registered and will not be participating in an orientation session, you can obtain your Husky Card at the Husky Card Account & ID Center at any time during office hours. You will need to have your student ID number and U.S. state- or federally-issued photo identification with you (such as a driver's license or passport). We do not accept high school IDs. ID Center Locations

Taking Care of a Husky Card

It is important for cardholders to take proper care of their Husky Card. The technology that makes your card work includes an antenna, electronic chip and magnetic stripe. There are three primary reasons why your Husky Card would stop working:

  • Damage to the antenna or damage to the bond between the chip and the antenna will destroy the card.
  • Exposing the card to electrostatic discharge can damage the integrated circuit.
  • Strong magnetic fields can wipe out the programming on the card's chip.

When Husky Cards fail, it is frequently the result of unintentional abuse by the cardholder. Below is a list of common actions that damage Husky Cards:

  • Punching a hole or slot in the card
  • Machine washing the card
  • Exposing the card to extreme heat (i.e., direct sunlight on the dash of your car, clothes dryer, iron)
  • Using the card as an ice scraper for the windows of your vehicle
  • Bending, twisting and/or crimping the card
  • Exposing the card to chemicals including organic solvents, thinners and/or alcohol

Keeping your card in a protective cover or holder is the best way to ensure a long, functional life. Cardholders will be charged a fee for the replacement of a damaged Husky Card.

Replacement Cards

If you lose your Husky Card, immediately go to the Online Card Office to report your card lost and suspend activity on your Husky Card and dining account. Alternatively, you can call the Husky Card Account & ID Center at 206-543-7222 during business hours to report it as lost.

To replace your Husky Card, go to the Husky Card Account & ID Center. You may be required to show your legal photo identification to obtain a replacement card. A nonrefundable fee of $25 is charged for replacement of lost, stolen and damaged Husky Cards. The fee is also assessed for any replacements due to a name change. There is no additional charge to replace the U-PASS; however, because the ORCA card readers do not update immediately with new card information, you will not be able to use the U-PASS for transit for 24–48 hours after replacing your Husky Card.


The Husky Card contains an embedded RFID microchip processor that communicates with card-reader equipment. U-PASS members need a Husky Card to use U-PASS on transit. The smart chip functionality will only be activated for those who have been billed for U-PASS privileges. Once activated, hold the card to ORCA card readers for full-fare coverage. You should see a green light and hear a beep. Visit UW Transportation Services for more details about using your Husky Card for transit.

Universal U-PASS

Most Seattle-campus students are enrolled in the Universal U-PASS program, and the U-PASS charge will automatically appear on their tuition statement. The ORCA-powered U-PASS will be active for transit one week before the quarter starts, and you must tap your new Husky Card on an ORCA card reader to finalize activation each quarter. (Note: Failure to finalize activation of your U-PASS will not result in a refund of the U-PASS charge). ORCA card readers are available on all Seattle Metro buses and light rail stations. For more details on finalizing U-PASS activation, please review UW Transportation Services information on the student U-PASS website.

Optional Purchased Student U-PASS

Some students are not eligible for the Universal U-PASS. However, they may be able to purchase an optional U-PASS membership.

Privacy Issues

There will be no personal identification information stored on the smart chip. The RFID chip will be used to validate that the cardholder has access to U-PASS transit privileges. All information associated with the card and access rights are kept in accordance with the UW policy on personally identifiable information. For information regarding the privacy of transit data, please see the U-PASS Terms of Use.

Full-Season Football Ticket Holders

Student Full-Season Tickets are ticketless. Students must bring their Husky Card to each game for entry to Husky Stadium. Husky Cards will be checked and swiped at the student entrance, which is located at the North Plaza of Husky Stadium. Students who do not have their Husky Card on game day will not be admitted to Husky Stadium. For more information, visit UW Athletics.

Card Ownership

The Husky Card is the property of the UW and is not transferable. Do not allow others to use your Husky Card, doing so is a serious misuse of the Husky Card and as such subjects you to disciplinary action as described in the UW Student Conduct Code.