Announcement: New Irish1Card!!!

Re-carding Update:

Over the course of this fall semester, 17,000 cardholders have received the new Irish1Card!                                                                  If you haven't received the new card, be sure to come by the Campus Card Office (Grace Hall 423) during regular hours and pick up your new ID! Please bring along you current ID to exchange. 

Irish1card Contactless 4With the rollout of the new Irish1Card, the University will start migrating campus over to contactless card technology beginning summer 2017   

Why is the University moving to contactless?

There are many benefits to using contactless technology over the traditional magnetic stripe.  They include:

  • Enhanced security of card accounts and privileges through data encryption

  • Enhanced operational efficiencies through standardized card technology

  • Improved security and speed of transactions

Additionally, the move to contactless will be supported by a robust card system that will better position the University for future developments and applications in card technology.

What is contactless?

The new card will contain a contactless chip that will allow data to be transmitted when held to a reader. This interaction between a card and reader is sometimes described as a “touch and go” transaction.  

How will this technology be implemented?

June 2017 - All cards issued by the campus card office will contain both a contactless chip and a magnetic stripe. This approach will allow us to transition campus over to the contactless technology in stages, rather than all at once. Some of the areas making the initial transition include Campus Dining units and select residence halls.

Looking Ahead - Cards will continue to include the magnetic stripe until campus readers are completely transitioned over to contactless technology. The process of transitioning is estimated to take 3-5 years. Once completed, the magnetic stripe technology will be phased out.  


Do I need to get my card replaced?

Card Design

If this is the design of your ID card and you'll be an active student, faculty, staff or affiliate in fall 2017, then yes! But don’t worry, your current ID card will continue to work until you receive the new card this fall.



How do I get a new card?


Starting late summer 2017, we'll begin a re-carding initiative to replace student, faculty, staff, spouse and affiliate cards. However, there is no need to rush over to our office in Grace Hall for a new card...we are taking card production to a building near you!

We’ve chosen locations to make it convenient for specific groups, but you’re more than welcome to stop by any of the locations regardless of your card type to obtain your new card.  

Here is the plan:



New students will come to ID Production in South Dining Hall (SDH) to receive cards. Specific dates and times will be communicated through Welcome Weekend communications.  

Upon arrival to campus, returning students can head over to South Dining Hall (SDH) to pick up a new card. Once we finish up at SDH, our re-carding event will relocate over to North Dining Hall (NDH) where we’ll continue re-carding any students who couldn’t make it over to SDH. The full re-carding schedule is listed on our homepage here.

Faculty, Staff, Affiliates and Retirees

Beginning in mid-September 2017, we’ll be setting up ID production stations at buildings throughout campus for several days at a time. (This approach will be similar to HR’s annual health screenings). The full schedule of locations, dates and times is availble here. Be sure to stop by one of the locations this fall to receive your new card!


Spouse cards with an expiration date of 2020 or beyond may be obtained at any of the re-carding locations. Current spouse card-holders can request to have their husband or wife (employee or student) pick up the new card on their behalf, but must bring the old card in to exchange out for the new card.  

Please note that any spouse card with an expiration date of 2019 or earlier will need to follow the current process, which requires the spouse first visit Human Resources (200 Grace Hall) before stopping by the Campus Card Office (423 Grace Hall).    

Temporary and On-Call Staff

Card Design Temp

These cards expire annually, therefore the process for replacing them will remain the same as it is currently. So, just continue using your current card until it’s time to renew. Once you are within two months of the expiration date printed on the front, simply bring it into our office and we’ll get you a new card.    



Can I take a new photo?

Yes! We will have cameras on hand to update your photo. If the photo we have on file is more than a few years old, you will be required to take a new photo.

What do I need to bring to get my new card?

You will need to bring your current campus ID card to exchange for the new card.

Do I have to pay for a new card?

There is no charge to exchange your current ID card for the new Irish1Card. 

Will I have to carry an additional card?

No. The new card will have both a magnetic stripe and contactless chip. So, regardless of the type of card reader - you’ll have what you need all on one card. Also, the new card will grant you access to the same privileges as your old card.  

Will everything on my old card transfer over to the new one?

Yes. All monetary balances (e.g. Domer Dollars), door access and other card privileges should remain the same. The new card will be equipped with everything you had before.


If you have questions related to any of this information, please don't hesitate to reach out to the Campus Card Office at