Getting your Card

New students

Getting your SFU ID card is simple. Visit the Registrar and Information Services front counter at the Burnaby, Surrey or Vancouver campus with valid photo ID to have your photo taken and your card printed, 24 hours after you have enrolled in your classes.

Pick up your SFU ID card:

Your card is automatically renewed whenever you enroll in courses. You must keep your card for the duration of your studies at SFU and thereafter as an alumnus. To learn more about your SFU card and how to use it, see Managing your SFU Card.

Acceptable photo identification

To get your SFU ID card you must present one of the following photo IDs:

  • Passport
  • Birth certificate
  • Driver’s licence
  • 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
  • Permanent resident card
  • BCID

Expired IDs cannot be accepted.

Photo standards

  • Tinted prescription glasses may be worn as long as the eyes are clearly visible
  • Sunglasses cannot be worn
  • A hat cannot be worn
  • Photograph must not be altered in any way
  • Photograph must reflect current appearance
  • Photograph taken must show a full head without anything covering the hair unless the hair cover is worn for religious reasons or reasons related to a disability
  • Photograph must be taken with a neutral facial expression
  • Photograph must not be altered in any way

Special cases

Women wearing a face cover can make an appointment at Registrar and Information Services to be photographed without the face cover by a female staff member in the private ID room by calling 778.782.6930 or emailing