ID Numbers

Your Ball State ID number is a unique number generated when you become a student in order to protect your privacy.  If you are looking for your Ball State ID number, you can view it at 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.

Each time you use your ID card for a purchase, your plan balances can be tracked through our ID Card portal.  For these reasons, we expect one will keep the ID card in good condition.

Log into Card Portal

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

Replacing Your Ball State ID Card

If you lose your Ball State ID Card, or the card becomes worn, cracked, demagnetized or mutilated (including holes you have punched into the card), you may obtain a new ID card for a fee. Visit the ID Card office in Bracken Library, BL001 to obtain your replacement ID card.

All Ball State ID Cards cost $25 to replace. You must pay this fee prior to card creation, in one of three ways:

  • Visit the Bursar's Office in the basement of Lucina Hall and bring your receipt to the ID Card Office in Bracken Library, BL001.
  • Make an online credit card payment.
  • Pay by credit card in the ID Card Office in Bracken Library, Room 001.

Students taking only online and distance education courses may send an email to the ID Card office, requesting a replacement card. You will need to pay the $25 replacement fee via an online credit card payment.

We will require a valid photo ID when you pick up or when we mail your Ball State ID Card to you. Mailing options are available only for online and distance education students, and we will send your ID card to the mailing address you provided in your initial email.