Your Ball State ID Number

Your Ball State ID number is a unique number generated when you become a student or employee.

To find your Ball State ID number, log into myBSU, click on Self-Service Banner, then click the Personal Information tab.

About Your Ball State ID Card

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

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

All on-campus Ball State ID card services are located in the ID Card Office, 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

To obtain your Ball State ID card as a new student (undergraduate or transfer student), you need to log in to your Admitted Student portal and upload an acceptable photo. See the Ball State ID Card Photo Requirements to determine how to take an acceptable photo.

It is important you upload your photo and obtain your ID card as soon as possible, since it is critical to obtaining services when you arrive on campus, such as access to your residence hall and dining services.

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Once your photo is uploaded and accepted, the ID Card Office will create your new Ball State ID card.

  • On-campus students who have an approved ID card photo at least one week before their on-campus orientation will receive their ID card at orientation.
  • All fully online students who have submitted an approved photo, have met with their advisor, and registered for classes will receive their ID card in the mail.

If you need more information or have any questions, you can contact us at 765-285-2273 or via email at idcards@bsu.edu

If you are a distance education student, you may obtain your Ball State ID Card in the mail by providing us with some information and an acceptable photo.

Provide Contact Information and a Photo

Once you have an acceptable photo available, send an email with the photo attached to idphoto@bsu.edu and include the following information

  • Subject Line containing your "full name - class level" (Example: Joe Smith – Freshman)
  • Message Text containing:
    • Your Ball State ID Number
    • Your mailing address
    • A telephone number where you can be reached if we need to contact you
  • Attach your photo. Follow the Ball State ID Card Photo Requirements to take your photo. 

We will verify that you have registered for classes, review your identification email, and mail your Ball State ID Card to the address you provided.

If you are a new faculty member, professional staff, or service staff of Ball State University, you can get your Ball State ID card by making an appointment with the ID Card Office, either by phone at 765-285-2273 or by email at idcards@bsu.edu.

When you come to your appointment, 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

Ball State ID Card Photo Requirements

Take a photo of your face and shoulders against a white background. Do not wear a hat, face coverings, or sunglasses in your photo.

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 the face (any facial covering must be removed temporarily for the picture).

NOTE: Please do not provide senior pictures, glamour shots, etc. Your Ball State ID card photo should be similar in style to your driver’s license or passport photo.

Our staff reserves the right to reject photos that do not follow these guidelines. If you have questions about these requirements, please contact the ID Card Office at idcards@bsu.edu or call us at 765-285-2273

Replacing Your Ball State ID Card

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.

NOTE: If you find your ID card prior to a new one being issued, please come to the ID Card Office so we can verify your identity and we will reactivate it for you.

On Campus Students

To replace your Ball State ID card due to loss, theft, or damage (i.e. broken or de-magnetized), you may obtain a new ID Card for a non-refundable $25 replacement fee. This fee may be waived for special circumstances or if you present a documented police report showing your card was stolen. Please check with the ID Card Office prior to making a payment, if you are unsure if a payment will be required.

The fee to replace your ID can be paid in one of two ways prior to getting your replacement card.

  • Pay with a credit card through Cashnet any time prior to visiting our office or, if you prefer, we can assist you once you arrive to pick up your card.
  • Pay with cash at the Student Financial Services Office in Lucina Hall, Room B32 and then bring your receipt to the ID Card Office in Bracken Library, BL 001, where you can pick up your replacement ID.

For security purposes when picking up your new or replacement ID, please bring another valid form of government-issued identification that includes your photograph, such as a state driver’s license, passport, permanent resident alien card, or other valid form of identification.

Online and Distance Education Students

Students exclusively 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 Ball State ID Card Photo Requirements above for picture file requirements.

To replace your Ball State ID card due to loss, theft, or damage (i.e. broken or de-magnetized), you may obtain a new ID Card for a non-refundable $25 replacement fee. This fee may be waived for special circumstances or if you present a documented police report showing your card was stolen. Please check with the ID Card Office prior to making a payment, if you are unsure if a payment will be required.

  • Online and Distance Education students can 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.

ID Card Office Staff Directory

ID Card Office Manager

Melissa Sorrell
Office: LB113
Phone: 765-285-5234

ID Card Office Support

Lori Siefker
Office: BL 001B
Phone: 765-285-9134