The Husky ID Card is the official identification card for members of the UW Tacoma community and it can be used at all three campuses. The Husky Card provides access to buildings and restricted parking lots, opportunities and services, including campus libraries.
Eligibility for New or Replacement Cards
Your first Husky ID card is free.
If you are currently registered for credits, then you are eligible to obtain your Husky Card.
New first-year or running start students
You are required to complete orientation. For Autumn Quarter, ID card pick-up will occur at the orientation event.
If your original card does not have an RFID chip, you may request a new one.
Students may use the Husky Card Upload Portal to request a replacement card. Note that lost, stolen or damaged Husky Cards cost $25 to replace. The nonrefundable replacement fee will be added to your student account.
All UW employees who are active in Workday are eligible for a Husky Card. Please note, eligibility for a Husky Card does not necessarily indicate eligibility for a U-PASS. For more information about the conditions of and eligibility for the subsidized benefit, go to UW Human Resource's website.
New employees generally do not become eligible until their official start date. The Husky Card system is not updated in real time and requires a nightly feed from the Workday system. Once you are entered into the Workday system, it will generally take until the following business day for the system to send the update to the Husky Card database.
Employees may use the Husky Card Portal to request a replacement card. However, lost, stolen or damaged Husky Cards are $25.00 to replace. Employees must first pay the nonrefundable replacement fee online. If you need assistance with the online payment, contact the Cashier's Office.
The UW Retiree Husky Card is the official identification card needed for UW retiree privileges, and replaces the Employee Husky Card. For a full list of the privileges and resources available to UW retirees, click here. Your first UW Retiree Husky Card is free.
The UW Benefits Office authorizes retiree cards as part of the retirement process. Approximately two weeks after your retirement effective date, you may obtain a new retiree photo ID card at one of several ID Centers. One UW retiree card is available per household.
At UW Tacoma, you must use the online Husky Card Upload Portal. Be ready to provide your UW-issued EID number and U.S. state- or federally-issued photo identification (such as a driver's license or passport). It is recommended that you call our office or email with your UW employee ID number to confirm that our records list you as a retiree. If it is not yet updated, you have to contact the Benefits Office.
Surviving spouses and registered same-sex domestic partners of retirees may continue retiree privileges. Contact the UW Benefits Office to request authorization of a card in the survivor's name. After confirming that the record has been changed and a new ID number issued, the spouse or partner may get a new retiree card at an ID Center.
Use the online Husky Card Upload Portal to request a replacement retiree Husky Card. The nonrefundable fee to replace a lost, stolen or damaged card is $25.00 and you must pay online (UW Tacoma campus only).
At UW Tacoma, you are required to use the Husky Card Upload Portal. Follow the steps below to initiate a request.
Step One: Gather your documents and be prepared to provide the following information:
Your full name, student number and UW email address
Your current mailing address
A color photo of your driver’s license or passport
A current color photo of you
Husky ID Card Photo Submission Requirements
A recently taken color photo of yourself. Passport-style photos are ideal.
Photo must be unedited. No filters are allowed. Use of any editing will result in the rejection of your photo.
Photo must be taken in front of a plain white, off-white, or light-colored solid background. No objects should appear in the image.
Photo must be taken in full-face view directly facing the camera.
Cropped from just above the top of the head to collarbone and centered within the frame.
No hats or head coverings, unless worn daily for religious purposes.
No sunglasses. Only prescription eyewear is permitted.
No masks or face coverings.
No pets or other people.
Neutral or smiling facial expressions only.
Save your photo as JPEG (.jpeg, .jpg) or PNG (.png) file.
If you have issues downloading your photo, clear your internet browser cache and log back in to the Husky Card Upload Portal. If possible, use Google Chrome.
Step Two: Log-in to the Husky Card Portal (UW NetID req'd) and complete all required steps.
You will receive your Husky ID card in the mail unless you request in-person pickup.
If you will be on-campus and would like to pick up your Husky Card, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org after you have submitted your request through the Husky Card ID Portal. Our staff will contact you when your Husky Card is ready for pick-up. You may pick up your card in the Mattress Factory (MAT) on the 2nd floor. Business Office Hours from 9am-4pm.
Note: If you are unable to get your card during business hours, you may request a pick-up from the Campus Safety Office instead. Campus Safety and Security operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. (Please indicate that you would like to pick it up from Campus Safety in the email request.)
Caring for your Husky Card
It is important for cardholders to take proper care of their Husky Card. The technology that makes your card work includes an antenna, electronic chip and magnetic stripe. There are three primary reasons why your Husky Card would stop working:
Damage to the antenna or damage to the bond between the chip and the antenna will destroy the card.
Exposing the card to electrostatic discharge can damage the integrated circuit.
Strong magnetic fields can wipe out the programming on the card's chip. Keep your Husky Card away from wireless chargers.
When Husky Cards fail, it is frequently the result of unintentional abuse by the cardholder. Below is a list of common actions that damage Husky Cards:
Punching a hole or slot in the card
Machine washing the card
Keeping the card loose in your clothing or backpack, or keeping it in a wallet in your back pocket and sitting down
Bringing it within close proximity to a wireless charger
Exposing the card to extreme heat (i.e., direct sunlight on the dash of your car, clothes dryer, iron) or extreme cold
Leaving it in your vehicle or using the card as an ice scraper for the windows
Bending, twisting and/or crimping the card
Exposing the card to chemicals including organic solvents, thinners and/or alcohol
Keeping your card in a protective cover or holder is the best way to ensure a long, functional life. Cardholders will be charged a fee for the replacement of a damaged Husky Card.
Suspending Activity for Lost or Stolen Husky Cards
If your Husky ID Card is lost or stolen and you have money in your Husky Card Account, go to the Online Card Office or call the Husky Card Account & ID Center (Seattle campus) at 206-543-7222 during normal business hours. They can suspend activity until your card is found or replaced. If you are able to recover your missing card, you can reactivate it through the Online Card Office anytime.
Preferred Name Option
You now have the option of printing your preferred name on a Husky Card. Your preferred name is for use within the University community. If you choose to have a preferred name on your Husky Card it cannot be used as proof of legal identity and may impact its use as a form of ID. It is advisable to carry a government-issued form of ID such as a driver's license or passport with you.
Your Husky Card is the property of UW and is not transferable. Allowing others to use your Husky Card is a serious misuse of the card and, as such, subjects you to disciplinary action as described in the University of Washington Student Conduct Code.
My Husky ID Card does not work on the exterior card readers and I cannot get into the buildings.
Most buildings on the UW Tacoma campus have public access doors that do not require a key card during normal hours. Go to the Campus Safety website for a map showing public access doors and for building hours. Outside of normal building hours, contact Campus Safety & Security at 253-692-4416 for immediate assistance and to troubleshoot your Husky ID Card.
My Husky ID Card does not work on the interior card readers and I cannot get into my department’s labs.
You may need specific permissions to access these areas. Please contact your academic program for assistance. Click here for the UW Tacoma Directory.
I have a permit at the Court-17 Parking Garage but my Husky ID Card does not work.
Contact Transportation Services at email@example.com or 253-692-5926. Click here to learn more about parking lots and garages at UW Tacoma.
My Husky ID Card does not work with the ORCA readers on public transportation.
U-PASS members that experience errors after using their card should contact Transportation Services at firstname.lastname@example.org, 253-692-5926 or submit a reactivation request. Your ORCA-powered U-PASS will be available for use on transit 12 to 24 hours after you submit your reactivation request.
The U-PASS will be active for transit one week before the quarter starts, and you must tap your new Husky Card on an ORCA card reader to finalize activation each quarter. (Note: Failure to finalize activation of your U-PASS will not result in a refund of the U-PASS charge).