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Get Your DragonCard

The DragonCard is the official University ID card for students, faculty and professional staff and must be carried at all times while on University-owned property. Many buildings require this card for access. This card is property of Drexel University and is governed by the rules and regulations set forth by the University. The DragonCard is not transferable and must not be used by anyone other than the issued cardholder. Please refer to the Student Code of Conduct for additional information regarding DragonCard policies.

There is no charge for an initial DragonCard for students, faculty and professional staff; however, there is a $20 replacement fee if a DragonCard is lost. Non-employees and visiting students/scholars may acquire a DragonCard for a fee, and the sponsoring department will have to provide a cost center for payment. The DragonCard may need to be used daily (also required for building access), thus it should be kept with the holder and stored in a safe location.

Please note that the DragonCard contains a photograph of the individual. These headshots are taken at a DragonCard office or the individual submits their own photo.

A valid photo driver's license, passport or state-issued photo ID is required to receive a DragonCard.

Expiration Dates: When your DragonCard is issued, it is issued with an expiration date. If your DragonCard is near or past expiration, please visit a DragonCard office location to validate that your card is still active. Upon validation, you will receive a new expiration sticker to affix to your card.


Students

Students may pick up their card one week prior to the start of the registered term. Students must be registered for classes to be eligible to pick up their first DragonCard.

Incoming Undergraduates

Upload a photo online. Photo submission steps and requirements can be found on our Online Photo Submission page. You can visit the DragonCard Office at one of our locations. To view hours of operation, visit the Office Hours web page.

For incoming first-year Fall 2021 students, DragonCards are distributed during Welcome Week. Continue to check the Drexel First-Year Experience website for Welcome Week information. Students not attending Welcome Week can visit our office during the term to pick up their card from one of our office locations. To view hours of operation, visit the Office Hours web page.

A DragonCard is not required until you begin coming to campus. The above process can be followed at any time during the term.

Incoming Graduate and Transfer Students

Upload a photo online. Photo submission steps and requirements can be found on our Online Photo Submission page. After your photo has been approved, you can visit the DragonCard Office at one of our locations. To view hours of operation, visit the Office Hours web page.

A DragonCard is not required until you begin coming to campus. The above process can be followed at any time during the term.

For incoming first-year Fall 2021 students, DragonCards are distributed during Welcome Week. Continue to check the Drexel First-Year Experience website for Welcome Week information. Students not attending Welcome Week can visit our office during the term to pick up their card from one of our office locations. To view hours of operation, visit the Office Hours web page.

Online graduate students should review the options listed below under Online Students.

Incoming College of Medicine Students (including West Reading Campus) & Thomas R. Kline School of Law Students

Students will obtain their DragonCard during New Student Orientation. Students must be registered for classes to be eligible to pick up their first DragonCard. Please upload your photo prior to your orientation (see instructions here: Online Photo Submission page). 

Returning Students Requiring a Replacement Card (Lost, Stolen, Damaged Cards)

First, upload a new photo online. Photo submission steps and requirements can be found on our Online Photo Submission page. After your photo has been approved, you can visit the DragonCard Office at one of our locations. To view hours of operation, visit the Office Hours web page. There is a $20 replacement fee for a lost card.

Online Students

Online students are eligible for a DragonCard if currently enrolled in courses. Online students have two options for a DragonCard:

  1. Without photo identification: Online students may require a non-photo DragonCard be mailed to the address on the student's record. To request a non-photo DragonCard, complete this form. The DragonCard Office will not mail DragonCards together with photo identification.
  2. With photo identification: Online students may pick up a DragonCard at a DragonCard Office beginning one week prior to the start of their registered term. Students must be registered for classes to be eligible to pick up their first DragonCard.
    Upload a photo online. Photo submission steps and requirements can be found on our Online Photo Submission page. After your photo has been approved, you can visit the DragonCard Office at one of our locations. To view hours of operation, visit the Office Hours web page.

DragonCard Expired — Renewal Process

If the expiration date on your DragonCard is past due, please visit the office to receive a new validation sticker. The validation date does not control your door access privileges; it is used only to validate your University affiliation when displaying your card on and off campus.

Please note, you must be registered for courses for the current term to receive a new validation sticker.



Employees

Drexel University, Drexel University College of Medicine, and the Academy of Natural Sciences employees are eligible for a DragonCard after new-hire paperwork is completed by Human Resources. Employees may visit a DragonCard Office to have a photo taken or submit their photo online. There is a $20 replacement fee for a lost card.

DragonCards are issued one per person. If you are also taking courses while employed by Drexel University, you will receive a DragonCard with the designation of your primary status with the University. In most cases, this status is Faculty or Professional Staff and not Student.

Incoming Faculty and Staff

You must first upload a photo online. Photo submission steps and requirements can be found on our Online Photo Submission page. After your photo has been approved, you can visit the DragonCard Office at one of our locations. To view hours of operation, visit the Office Hours web page.

A DragonCard is not required until you begin coming to campus. The above process can be followed at any time during the term.

Returning Faculty and Staff Requiring a Replacement Card (Lost, Stolen, Damaged Cards)

First, upload a new photo online. Photo submission steps and requirements can be found on our Online Photo Submission page. After your photo has been approved, you can visit the DragonCard Office at one of our locations. To view hours of operation, visit the Office Hours web page. There is a $20 replacement fee for a lost card.

DragonCard Expired — Renewal Process

If the expiration date on your DragonCard is past due, please visit the office to receive a new validation sticker. The validation date does not control your door access privileges; it is used only to validate your University affiliation when displaying your card on and off campus.


Non-Employees

Contractor and other University-affiliated personnel who require identification and/or access to University buildings while conducting business on a Drexel University campus, may be issued a DragonCard.

This applies to:

  • Contracted employees through a master University contract
  • Ad-Hoc contractors
  • Non-Employee Associates*
    (including temporary employees, visiting faculty, visiting researchers, staff volunteers)
  • Interns and Co-ops

Please submit DragonCard requests through the form link below.

DragonCard Request Form for Non-Employees

*Non-Employee Associates must first be processed by Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS) before a DragonCard can be issued.

  1. Submit the Non-Employee Associate Form to HRIS directly, not to the DragonCard Office; and then
  2. Submit request for DragonCard using the form link above.

All DragonCards for non-employees are $20 each and charged to the University cost center provided on the Request Form.


Summer Programs

Summer Conference ID Cards will be issued through the Drexel Event and Conference Services Office for groups registered through the summer conferencing program. Contact Conference Services directly if you have questions about Summer Conference Cards.

Summer Programs that are not registered with the Events and Conference Services, may contact the DragonCard Office for assistance in obtaining DragonCards for their group.