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Student Husky Card

Check the Husky Card Office Coronavirus Response page for information specific to our operating hours, policies and procedures during the coronavirus outbreak. 

If you are experiencing issues with your Husky Card or have general inquiry questions we ask that you please email us at or call (206) 543-7222. In most circumstances, we will be able to resolve issues and answer questions and you will not need to visit our office. New students and employees should contact us with their UW ID number prior to visiting in order to first confirm eligibility for the Husky Card.


Students who are eligible to register, or who have already registered, may obtain their UW ID cards (Husky Cards).

Obtaining a Husky Card

Eligible students may obtain their Husky Card by visiting the Husky Card Account & ID Center at any time during regular office hours. You will need to have your UW student ID number and U.S. state- or federally-issued photo identification with you (such as a driver's license or passport). We do not accept high school IDs. You can find a list of locations at ID Center Locations.

Taking care of a Husky Card

It is important for cardholders to take proper care of their Husky Card. The technology that makes your card work includes an antenna, electronic chip and magnetic stripe. There are three primary reasons why your Husky Card would stop working:

  • Damage to the antenna or damage to the bond between the chip and the antenna will destroy the card.
  • Exposing the card to electrostatic discharge can damage the integrated circuit.
  • Strong magnetic fields can wipe out the programming on the card's chip. Keep your Husky Card away from wireless chargers.

When Husky Cards fail, it is frequently the result of unintentional abuse by the cardholder. Below is a list of common actions that damage Husky Cards:

  • Punching a hole or slot in the card
  • Machine washing the card
  • Exposing the card to extreme heat (i.e., direct sunlight on the dash of your car, clothes dryer, iron)
  • Using the card as an ice scraper for the windows of your vehicle
  • Bending, twisting and/or crimping the card
  • Exposing the card to chemicals including organic solvents, thinners and/or alcohol

Keeping your card in a protective cover or holder is the best way to ensure a long, functional life. Cardholders will be charged a fee for the replacement of a damaged Husky Card.

Replacement cards

If you lose your Husky Card, log into the Online Card Office as soon as possible to freeze your Husky Card Account and/or Dining Account. During regular business hours you may also call the Husky Card Account & ID Center at 206-543-7222 to request that a staff member freeze your account(s) on your behalf.

To replace your Husky Card, go to the Husky Card Account & ID Center. You may be required to show your legal photo identification to obtain a replacement card. A nonrefundable fee of $25 is charged for replacement of lost or damaged Husky Cards. We recommend checking with the specific ID Center location for accepted payment methods. There is no additional charge to replace the U-PASS; however, because the ORCA card readers do not update immediately with new card information, you will not be able to use the U-PASS for transit for 24–48 hours after replacing your Husky Card.


The Husky Card contains an embedded RFID microchip processor that communicates with card-reader equipment. U-PASS members need a Husky Card to use U-PASS on transit. The smart chip functionality will only be activated for those who have been billed for U-PASS privileges. Once activated, hold the card to ORCA card readers for full-fare coverage. You should see a green light and hear a beep. Visit UW Transportation Services for more details about using your Husky Card for transit.

Universal U-PASS

Most Seattle-campus students are enrolled in the Universal U-PASS program, and the U-PASS charge will automatically appear on their tuition statement. The ORCA-powered U-PASS will be active for transit one week before the quarter starts, and you must tap your new Husky Card on an ORCA card reader to finalize activation each quarter. (Note: Failure to finalize activation of your U-PASS will not result in a refund of the U-PASS charge). ORCA card readers are available on all Seattle Metro buses and light rail stations. For more details on finalizing U-PASS activation, please review UW Transportation Services information on the student U-PASS.

Optional purchased student U-PASS

Some students are not eligible for the Universal U-PASS. However, they may be able to purchase an optional U-PASS membership.

Privacy issues

There will be no personal identification information stored on the smart chip. The RFID chip will be used to validate that the cardholder has access to U-PASS transit privileges. All information associated with the card and access rights are kept in accordance with the UW policy on personally identifiable information. For information regarding the privacy of transit data, please see the U-PASS Terms of Use.

Card ownership

The Husky Card is the property of the UW and is not transferable. Do not allow others to use your Husky Card, doing so is a serious misuse of the Husky Card and as such subjects you to disciplinary action as described in the UW Student Conduct Code.