Ball State ID Numbers

Your Ball State ID number is a unique number generated when you become a student in order to protect your privacy.  To find your Ball State ID number, log into myBSU, click on “Self-Service Banner,” then click the “Personal Information” tab.
You will need your Ball State username and password to log in.

About Your Ball State ID Card

Students, faculty, staff, other affiliates, and vendors that are frequently on campus need to have a Ball State ID Card.

Your ID card is an official form of identification that has your full name, role (student, employee, vendor, etc.), and photo. You will use it for many important services such as building access, meal plans, athletic events, and much more.

NOTE: All on-campus Ball State ID card services are located in Bracken Library, Room BL001.

We can answer any questions about your ID card by email or by calling us at 765-285-2273.

Obtaining Your Ball State ID Card

Each student will have their photograph taken on the first day of Orientation, and you will receive your new Ball State ID card after the last Orientation session on the second day.

If you do not receive your ID card at Orientation, you will need to visit the ID Card office in Bracken Library, BL001, before classes start in August to pick up your card.

Valid Forms of ID for Identification Verification

  • state driver’s license
  • state-issued identification card
  • military-issued identification card
  • valid U.S. or foreign-issued passport (showing country of origin)
  • permanent resident alien card
  • certificate of U.S. naturalization

We will verify that you have registered for classes, review your identification email (see below), and mail your Ball State ID Card to the address you provided in your initial email. Be sure to read and follow the photo requirements.

Provide Contact Information and a Photo

Online and distance education students will send an email containing their full name, mailing address, telephone number, and a valid photo ID attachment. Once your identification is verified, your card will be mailed to you at the address you provided.

Photo Requirements

All photos submitted to the ID Card office for Ball State ID Cards must meet the following requirements:  

  • JPG format
  • pixel size of 118 x 118 (no exceptions)
  • maximum upload size of 1MB 
  • a full head and shoulders image taken face forward and on a solid white background; you may smile if you like
  • no senior pictures or group photos
  • no hats, caps, or sunglasses
  • no derogatory photos; the ID Card staff reserves the right to reject submissions
  • no social media pictures, altered images, or images that deviate from these criteria 

How to Position the Photo

Your Ball State ID Card photo must show a clear, full-face, unobstructed frontal view of the person. Your head, including both face and hair, should be shown from the top of the head to the bottom neckline and include the full hairline on each side. It is preferred that ears be exposed.

Head coverings are acceptable only if demonstrated to be worn in accordance with religious beliefs or as a result of medical treatments, and then only if the head covering does not:

  • obscure or obstruct a full-frontal view of the face (any facial covering must be removed temporarily for the picture)
  • cast a shadow onto the face
  • display any ornament, graphic design, insignia, symbol lettering, number or character affiliation other than the overall pattern of the fabric or material

We thank you for your cooperation and understanding. If you have any questions, we are happy to assist you.

If you are a faculty member, professional staff, or service staff of Ball State University, you can get your Ball State ID card at the ID Card office, Bracken Library, Room 001. You'll need to bring another type of picture ID with you to verify your identity.

Valid Forms of ID for Identification Verification

  • state driver’s license
  • state-issued identification card
  • military-issued identification card
  • valid U.S. or foreign-issued passport (showing country of origin)
  • permanent resident alien card
  • certificate of U.S. naturalization

Reporting a Lost or Stolen BSU ID Card

To report a lost or stolen Ball State ID Card, please contact the ID Card Office by visiting us in Bracken Library, Room BL001, by calling us at 765-285-2273, or by sending us an email. Be sure to include your full name and your Ball State ID number in your email. We will mark your card as lost or stolen, preventing anyone else from using your Ball State ID card.

Once you've reported your Ball State ID Card as lost or stolen, you must purchase the $25 replacement card, even if you find your old card.

Replacing Your Ball State ID Card

If your Ball State ID Card is lost or stolen, or the card becomes unusable, you may obtain a new ID card for a non-refundable $25 replacement fee. You must pay this fee in one of two ways prior to getting your replacement card.

  • Pay with a credit card through Cashnet.
  • Pay the card replacement fee in cash at the Bursar's Office in Lucina Hall, Room B32, and bring your receipt to the ID Card Office in Bracken Library, BL001.

You can pick up your replacement Ball State ID card at the ID Card Office in Bracken Library, Room BL001. You'll need to bring a valid form of identification, such as a state driver's license, passport, permanent resident alien card, or other valid form of identification. See Obtaining Your Ball State ID - New Students Attending Orientation above for a complete list of valid forms of identification.

Online and Distance Education Students

Students taking fully online and/or distance education courses may send an email to the ID Card Office, requesting a replacement ID card. Be sure to include your full name, mailing address, and BSU ID number and attach a valid picture file if you want a new one. (If not, we'll just use your current picture). See Obtaining Your Ball State ID Card - Online and Distance Education Students above for picture file requirements.

You will need to pay the $25 replacement fee with a credit card through Cashnet. The ID Card Office will mail your new ID card to the mailing address you provide in your replacement request email.