Getting your ID Card

Please bring a physical copy of acceptable ID in order to get your SFU ID card. Electronic ID copies and national photo ID cards are not accepted. Faculty, staff and students needing an ID card can visit the Registrar and Information Services office.

If you have questions, please contact us.



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. Expired documents will be rejected:

  • Passport - must include a signed signature page
  • Birth certificate*
  • Canadian Driver’s licence
  • BCID
  • Certificate of Indian Status
  • GoCard (must be presented with birth certificate or CareCard)
  • Canadian citizenship certificate*
  • Permanent resident card
  • Single Journey Travel Document

*Must be presented with photo ID, if photo not included.

Please note: National photo ID cards are not accepted

Types of ID Card


SFU ID cards are automatically renewed whenever you enrol in courses. You must keep your card for the duration of your studies at SFU and thereafter as an alumnus.

Faculty and staff

Human Resources will notify you when your card is available to be produced. Staff and faculty are able to request their SFU Employee ID card at any of our three campuses at Registrar and Information Services. Please request your card following the first payroll cycle.

FIC students

You may need a Student ID Card if you live in SFU Residence and Housing and need access to the dining hall.

FIC students are able to request their ID and Replacement IDs at any of our Registrar and Information Services offices.

Visitors cards

Visiting faculty and scholars, SFU Childcare staff, visiting graduate students, and members of the SFU community who are being sponsored by a department may be eligible to receive an SFU ID card and library borrowing privileges.

In order for us to determine your eligibility for an SFU ID card, our office will require a letter from your department that lists your start and end date at SFU, in addition to a valid piece of government-issued photo ID (see below).  

If you are not a Visitor at SFU, please visit SFU Library directly  to get a external borrower card or the SFU Recreation website for information on their services.