Card Overview

The id+ card is…
Penn State's official identification card - carry it with you whenever you're out and about!

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The id+ card does…
just about everything. It's LionCash. It's secure banking. It's your way into sporting events, concerts, residence halls, and more. It's convenient living at Penn State.  

In addition to serving as your photo ID, the id+ card is accepted at many locations throughout campus and town. It gives you access to hundreds of services, including these:

LionCash makes purchasing easy with your id+ card. Score great deals at hundreds of on- and off-campus stores, restaurants, and shops.

Campus Meal Plan
Designed for students living on campus, the meal plan, accessed with the id+ card, offers great deals in the dining commons and discounts at campus restaurants. 

PNC Banking
Make banking - and life on campus - easier by linking your id+ card to your PNC accounts.

The id+ card provides access to:


Card Care

id+ cards are expected to last four to five years. Keeping the card protected helps to reduce the risk of damage.

Normal Wear and Tear

The id+ Office will replace non-functioning id+ cards that exhibit normal wear and tear at no charge. Normal wear and tear includes damage that may be caused by swiping the id+ card through authorized equipment.

This may include the following:

  • Horizontal wear on the magnetic stripe
  • Clean horizontal break of the card (must have both pieces)

Improper Care

The id+ Office will charge a replacement fee for non-functioning id+ cards that were damaged by improper care.

This may include the following:

  • Vertical/horizontal gouges or scratches on magnetic stripe
  • Vertical wear on the magnetic stripe
  • Bent or curling cards
  • Vertical break of card or ragged vertical/horizontal break
  • Abnormal marks including teeth marks
  • Equipment damage (such as from a washer or dryer)

Note: The above examples are general guideline and are not all-inclusive.

Do not:

  • Mark or bend your card
  • Punch holes in your card
  • Scratch the magnetic stripe on your card
  • Use your card as an ice scraper
  • Allow your card to rub against the raised lettering of other cards

Tampering (labels/stickers, burning/branding, or punching holes) with id+ cards and/or making color reproductions is prohibited (See AD24). Cards that are in violation of this policy will be assessed the replacement fee regardless of the card's condition.

A replacement fee is charged for lost or stolen id+ cards.