UGACard Students

UGACard Brochure


What is the Student UGACard?

The UGACard is your key to accessing dorms, dining halls, and many other facilities and services throughout campus. Students must be registered for the current semester in order to purchase and use the UGACard. The UGACard is non-transferrable and can only be used by the student to whom it is issued. Misuse of the UGACard may result in disciplinary action by University Judiciary.

How can I find my UGAID number if I don't have a UGACard?

Your UGAID number can be found by logging into "ATHENA" and clicking the "Financial Aid" button and then "Financial Aid Status". You will see your UGAID number in front of your name in the upper right corner of the page.

How do I purchase and use Student Tickets?

UGA students who have paid the appropriate student fees are entitled to purchase one student discounted ticket to on-campus athletic events or Tate Student Center programs and events. You must present your UGACard at the box office when purchasing a student ticket. No other forms of ID or license are accepted.

The UGACard is your ticket for student athletic events. The UGA Athletic Association provides electronic ticketing using an online and real-time system.

For more details on student tickets, please visit the Tate Student Center website or the Athletic Association website.

Student Uses

Student Uses for the UGACard include:

Photo ID

  • Purchase and Use of On-Campus Athletic Tickets - Students must activate their UGACard at the Bulldog Bucks Office before purchasing athletic tickets.
  • Participation in Campus Recreation Programs
  • At the circulation & Reserves desk at UGA Libraries
  • Purchase and Use of Student Activity Event Tickets
  • University Testing Services
  • UGA Career Center
  • Voting in Campus Elections
  • Purchase of Parking Permits
  • Riding the Campus Transit and Athens Transit Systems
  • Use of Recreational Facilities ( Legion Pool & Lake Herrick)
  • Treatment at the University Health Center

Iris Camera Access

  • Dining Halls
  • Ramsey Center for Student Physical Activities

For more information, see BulldogBucks

Other Uses

  • Time clock use if employed on campus.

Student ID Policies

ALL students (undergraduate and graduate) must be registered and have their fees assessed for the current semester prior to having their UGACard made.

The UGACard is non-transferable, and any student who uses the ID card of another person or who allows his or her card to be used by someone else is subject to disciplinary action. Upon request, the UGACard must be shown to University officials. Giving false or incomplete information on the ID request form by a student and/or witness is a violation of University policy and subject to disciplinary action.


Please check with your Department before coming to get your UGACard. They will tell you if you require a special type of card (a proximity card) for access control to buildings and labs. Your department will provide you with the necessary forms for you to get the correct type of card. Proximity cards are issued only with a signed authorization form from your department. Refunds/adjustments will not be given if you purchase the wrong type of card.


A University of Georgia student may purchase a dependent UGACard for their spouse and dependent children (under the age of twenty six) provided the student is enrolled at the time of the request, has paid all required fees, and can provide proof of marriage and / or proof that the dependents are being supported by the student. 

By paying additional fees, Dependents may be eligible for some services, such as Ramsey Center memberships, library privileges, and some services at the University Health Center. Student Dependents are NOT currently eligible to ride Athens Transit for free. Discounted UGA Athletics tickets are also not currently offered to Dependents, although they can be purchased at regular price if available.

Please contact the service provider directly for the most current information on Dependent eligibility.

Domestic Partners are eligible to receive a UGACard with access to certain UGA services. For more information on the Domestic Partnership Program, call Human Resources at (706) 542-2222 or click here.


309 Tate Student Center – 3rd Floor, between Tate Theatre & Starbucks

8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday
Click Here for Complete Calendar (includes holiday closings)


*Effective June 1, 2018 we will be issuing a new contactless smart card and there will be a price increase.

  • Upgrade - $15 (you will need to turn in your current UGACard to receive the upgraded smart card)
  • 1st Smart Card - $30
  • Replacement Smart Card - $35

Cash, Checks, & major credit cards. We cannot charge to Bulldog Bucks/Paw Points or Student Accounts.

For FAQs about the new Smart Card, visit this website

Acceptable Photo Identification

For First-time ID Requests, One of the following is REQUIRED:

  • State-issued Driver's License or ID
  • Passport
  • Military ID

For REPLACEMENT ID Requests, IF we have your ID Photo on File:
You may be asked to provide at least one document:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Social Security Card
  • Marriage License
  • Housing Lease
  • Check Book
  • Bank Statement
  • Voter Registration
  • Credit Card
  • Insurance Policy
  • Utility Bill

**If we do NOT have an ID photo on file, you must present a valid, photo ID from the “First-time ID Requests” list above.

Additional Information

  • Identification documents must be original- photos, scans, or photocopies will not be accepted.
  • Students must be enrolled for the current semester
  • All patrons must be included in the Identity Management System.
  • Students must apply for Dependent ID cards in person, with proof of marriage.
  • Domestic Partners are eligible to receive a UGACard with access to certain UGA services. For more information, call Human Resources at (706) 542-2222 or click here.