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What is the MIT ID card used for?

The MIT ID card is your key to campus. Depending on your role and authorizations, the MIT ID card may be used to:

  • Access campus buildings and residences
  • Make purchases using TechCASH at participating locations on and off campus
  • Receive discounts at participating locations

MIT ID cards featuring the “Charlie Inside” logo on the back may be used as an MBTA “T” pass. All benefits-eligible faculty and staff receive an embedded chip in their ID cards which gives them free, unrestricted use of the MBTA subway and local bus systems, funded by the Institute; other community members may use the MIT ID card as a “stored value” CharlieCard. Your ID card will be deactivated when you leave the Institute. Any MBTA funds you added can still be accessed, but other card functions will be deactivated.

Who can get an MIT ID card?

MIT provides ID cards for these community members:

  • Students
  • Employees
  • Spouses/partners of campus residents
  • Alumni
  • Retirees
  • Spouses/partners of non-resident students and employees*
  • Department/Lab/Center (DLC) sponsored cardholders*

* Requests for MIT ID cards for these affiliations requires sponsorship by an authorized community member.

How do I get my MIT ID card?

Students and Employees
Students and employees receive MIT ID cards during the onboarding process, after registering for an MIT Kerberos account.

  • Students and employees who have a photo they would like to use should review the specifications at Submit your ID Photo. You can also have your photo taken in the Atlas Center.
  • At the Atlas Center Welcome desk, identify yourself as a student or employee.
  • Bring a valid passport, U.S. driver’s license or U.S. government-issued picture ID for proof of identity. Driver’s licenses from other countries, college/university IDs from other institutions, credit/bank cards or insurance cards will not be accepted.
  • The name on your government-issued ID must match the legal name that MIT has on file for you.

Spouses and partners of students who reside on campus
MIT Housing & Residential Services initiates the process of registering spouses and partners of resident students. Once your family documentation is processed by Housing & Residential Services, you will receive an email with instructions to register for a Kerberos account and obtain your MIT ID card.

Alumni and retirees
Contact the Atlas Service Center to request an MIT ID card.

  • Email, or
  • Call 617-253-3000, or
  • Visit the center on the first floor of E17
  • In-person services are available Monday-Friday, 8am-6pm.

Those eligible for an MIT ID card due to their Institute affiliation who are not an MIT student or employee must be sponsored by an authorized community member. This applies to all categories below:

Spouses and partners of students or employees who do not reside on campus
MIT students and employees may request an MIT ID card for their spouse or partner.

  • Make sure the MIT student or employee who is your spouse/partner has submitted the non-resident Spouse/Partner request form requesting an MIT ID card on your behalf. Depending on the time of year, the forms may take a few days to process. Your spouse/partner will receive an email and notify you when you may come to the Atlas Center for your card.
  • When you come to the Welcome desk in the Atlas Center, identify yourself as a spouse/partner. Bring a passport, valid U.S. ID (such as a U.S. driver's license) for both parties as well as proof of cohabitation (marriage certificate, joint bank account information, bank statement with both names, lease with both names or a J-2).
  • Have your photo taken in the Atlas Center, or submit your photo electronically following the instructions provided.

Note: If campus access is required for a non-resident spouse or partner, follow the process for DLC-Sponsored cardholders, below.
Department/Lab/Center (DLC)-sponsored cardholders
Make sure your authorized DLC sponsor has granted you access to the Covid Pass application. You will receive an email explaining next steps for completing Kerberos account registration, setting a password, and uploading your photo to be used on your ID card.

Authorized DLC Sponsors: All new requests should be submitted through the Covid Access dashboard. If you need to request a new card for someone already in Covid Pass, or for someone who does not need campus access, use this form instead.

How do I manage my MIT ID card account?

Visit to manage your account. Touchstone login is required.

How do I replace a lost or stolen MIT ID card?

  1. Visit and select Report Lost Card.
  2. Contact the Atlas Service Center to arrange a replacement.
    • Email, or
    • Call 617-253-3000, or
    • Visit the center on the first floor of E17
    • In-person services are available Monday-Friday, 8am-6pm.

Replacement information and fees:

  • Your new card will allow the same access as your old card. 
  • For your protection, once a card is replaced, it cannot be reactivated. 
  • Damaged cards are charged the replacement fee; worn cards are free.
  • To get a replacement card, please stop by the office during regular business hours.
  • Replacement cards cost $25/card and you must pay by check, cash or TechCASH. Departmental cost objects or ProCard are not acceptable forms of payment.
  • If your ID card is stolen, first file a report with the MIT Police. Then bring the police report to Card Services to receive a replacement card and we will waive the $25 replacement fee.

Can a visitor use my MIT ID card?

No, do not give your MIT ID card to anyone else, and keep it with you at all times you are on campus. Visitors who do not have their own MIT ID card and Kerberos account may be escorted by a valid MIT ID holder with an active Covid Pass.