New/Replacement ID Cards

For faculty, staff and students learning/working remotely

You need an ID Card for the following reasons:

  • To identify you for exams
  • To use the libraries/gym
  • If you use your U-Pass BC to access TransLink public transit
  • Free entry to SFU Athletics Varsity games/matches

Note: All ID Card requests require a photo (meeting the standards outlined below) and valid ID in order to be processed.

If you have questions about this process, please contact us.


Please be advised that in the event of a problem with your request (e.g., image file) or incomplete submission, all communication about your request for an ID Card will be sent to your SFU email account only. We encourage you to check your SFU email account regularly.

Mailing Address

  • We will be sending ID cards to the mailing address indicated below. It is important that the mailing address you include on this application is accurate, complete and includes all unit/apartment numbers. 
  • You will be charged for any replacement cards that result from inaccurate mailing addresses/ non-delivery of mail. SFU will not be held liable if your ID card is lost or stolen.
  • SFU uses regular Canada Post service and tracking numbers are not provided.
  • Please note that ID cards are no longer sent to international mailing addresses as of July 30, 2021. If you require an ID card to be sent to an international address, please indicate the reason in the “Reason for application” section below.


Please let us know why you require an ID
Enter your 9-digit student/ID number, if applicable

Replacement ID Cards

There may be a replacement fee associated with this request if you are replacing a lost or stolen ID Card. The fee will be posted to your Student Account. Please see our ID Card Replacement and Maintenance website for more information.


Document/Photo Upload

File upload size limit: 15MB
The total size of uploaded documents cannot exceed 15MB. Please use .jpg/jpeg for photos. 

Acceptable photo identification

To get your SFU ID card, you must present one of the following valid photo IDs with your full name and date of birth in English (please note, expired documents will be rejected):

  • Passport - must include a signed signature page
  • Birth certificate – must be presented with photo ID, if photo not included
  • Canadian driver’s licence
  • BCID
  • Certificate of Indian Status
  • GoCard (must be presented with birth certificate or CareCard)
  • Federal government employee ID
  • Provincial government employee ID
  • Municipal government employee ID
  • Canadian citizenship certificate - must be presented with photo ID, if photo not included
  • Permanent resident card

Photo standards for submitted photo

You must also submit a photo that can be included on your SFU ID card and that meets the following standards:

    Photograph must:

  • Be taken on a plain coloured, smooth background
  • Be taken straight on, face square to the camera, with a clear view of the entire face and shoulders
  • Contain no head coverings (e.g., hats, headphones or masks) unless worn for religious beliefs or medical reasons
  • Show open and visible eyes
  • Not be altered in any way
  • Be in colour (no black-and-white)
  • Reflect current appearance (no filters)
  • Be saved as a .jpg/.jpeg
The total size of uploaded attachments can be no larger than 15MB
The total size of uploaded attachments can be no larger than 15MB
The total size of uploaded attachments can be no larger than 15MB