Applying for a BruinCard

The BruinCard is UCLAs official identification card used to confirm your student status and assist you with multiple campus services.

You must have a BruinCard while attending UCLA. You’ll use your BruinCard in the following ways:

  • Official University ID used to verify your identity for campus events, UCLA department services, school exams and applicable university promotions and discounts
  • Debit card feature lets cardholders make purchases at any BruinCard merchant, purchase textbooks, food, printing, pay for laundry and more; make deposits online, in the BruinCard office, or at a BruinCard machine on campus
  • Library card used to access computers, books and late night study sessions
  • Gym pass for entry into gym and recreation facilities
  • Meal card to allow entry into dining halls; use your Housing meal plan or BruinCard funds to pay
  • Building access card allowing entry into locations you have authorization to access, e.g. your residence hall and, in some cases, room (Get more info from Ask Housing.)
  • Laundry card for machines in on-campus residence halls and University Apartments


Getting Your BruinCard

For Fall 2021, the BruinCard Center is operating at a satellite location and BruinCards will be included in your mailed New Student Orientation promotional package (if you apply on time) or by appointment.

First-time Cardholders

Apply at least two weeks prior to the start of your New Student Orientation session. To apply:

  • Visit the BruinCard website and click on “Submit Photo” on the menu (you’ll need your UCLA Logon ID).
  • Submit a passport quality photo with a plain white background. You’ll receive a completion email 1-2 business days later stating whether your photo was approved. If your photo is rejected, you can resubmit your application as needed.
  • First-time BruinCards for incoming students for fall 2021 will be mailed to the official address on file with UCLA prior to the beginning of the term. Please make sure that your information on MyUCLA is up-to-date.
  • When you receive the card, verify your mailed BruinCard.

If you did not receive your BruinCard in the mail because you missed the photo submission deadline, please submit your photo as soon as possible. You may need to make an appointment to process your BruinCard after September 15.

If You Already Have a BruinCard

  • If you have a BruinCard from attending a UCLA Summer Session, you can continue to use that card as a regular UCLA student.
  • If you have a BruinCard from a different affiliation with UCLA (e.g. healthcare volunteer badge, UCLA Extension student) and your previous card has been unused for one year or more, your card will be considered a first-time BruinCard.

In either case, if you don’t have your old card, you must pay a $25 replacement fee.

If You Need a Card But Can’t Attend Remote New Student Orientation

If you can’t make it to Remote Orientation, please Ask Bruincard at the BruinCard website to make an appointment.

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