Get an ID Card

Student and Employees

  • 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.
 

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/Partners

  • Make sure a MIT community member who is your spouse/partner has submitted the 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.
 

DLC (Department/Lab/Center) Sponsored Visitors*

  • Make sure your authorized DLC sponsor has submitted the DLC Sponsored Affiliate or Contractor form requesting an ID on your behalf. To use this online form you must have an MIT web certificate on your computer.
  • Depending on the time of year, the forms may take a few days to process. Your sponsor 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 sponsored affiliate, contractor or department visitor. 
  • Bring a valid passport, U.S. driver’s license or U.S. government-issued picture ID for proof of identity.
  • Have your photo taken in the Atlas Center.

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

 

Conference Attendees*

  • The departmental administrator will request and distribute these cards to you for short term access to MIT buildings during your conference. 
  • These cards do not have a photo.
  • The conference attendee form must be completed by an MIT employee or affiliate, usually your department administrator. It may also be the Housing Office. It includes the cost object for payment for the cards. To use this online form you must have an MIT web certificate on your computer.
  • If you need access to a department or lab, you will be provided a proximity (prox) card. 
  • For cards that will be used for payments on campus, you can add TechCASH only to a mag-stripe card. 

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

 

Temporary Access*

  • The departmental administrator will request and distribute these cards to you for temporary access to MIT buildings. 
  • These cards do not have a photo.
  • The temporary access card application must be completed by your departmental administrator. It includes the cost object for payment for the cards.
  • If you need access to a department or lab, you will be provided a proximity (prox) card. To use this online form you must have an MIT web certificate on your computer.

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