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The UGACard is the official University of Georgia identification card for students, faculty, staff, official campus visitors, and their dependents.
- Color photograph
- Bar Code
- Your university identification number
- Magnetic stripe
- Your signature
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 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 (tate.uga.edu) or the Athletic Association website (www.georgiadogs.com).
What is my UGA ID Number?
Your UGACard will have your 16-digit identification number placed in three locations: numerically printed on the back of the card, encoded into a barcode on the back of the card, and encoded onto the magnetic stripe.
The first 6 digits are your Bulldog Bucks account PIN. The next set of 9 digits is your “UGAID” (which replaces your Social Security number). The last digit is your “Issue Level”, which represents the number of replacement card that you have been issued. Your first card is always a zero.
In the event that you must replace a lost or stolen UGACard, your new card will have a new randomly-assigned Bulldog Bucks PIN and your “Issue Level” will increase by one. Your 9-digit UGAID will not change.
Some services on campus allow you to type in your UGAID number instead of swiping your UGACard. You must also type in your 10-digit number, beginning with your UGAID and ending with your current Issue Level.
You will not need to memorize your Bulldog Bucks PIN, as you must physically swipe your card when making a purchase.
For more information about the UGAID, see https://infosec.uga.edu/sate/ugaid.php
Biometric Hand Scanning
After your UGACard is printed, an ID Technician will scan your hand to create a biometric handkey image to be used for accessing services in your dorm, the dining halls, and at the Ramsey Physical Fitness Center. This security feature will prevent another person from using your UGACard to access these facilities.
The handkey enrollment process does not record fingerprints. Instead, a camera captures a three dimensional image of the length, width, and depth of your hand and fingers to create a digital template. This template is used for comparison when you scan your hands at a handkey when accessing the above-mentioned facilities.
In the event that your hand image gives you difficulty, please return to the UGACard Office with your ID card so that we can re-enroll your hand image.