What is an MCard

The Mcard is an ID card for students, faculty, and staff of the University of Michigan-Flint. The Mcard features a photo of the holder, the holder’s name, association (student or department for faculty and staff), and University of Michigan ID Number.


New Students

All incoming student will use the self-service Student MCard Portal to submit their MCard photo. Once your MCard photo has been accepted, you may pickup your MCard three business days later.

What are the MCard photo requirements?

  • Face forward: No hands or arms touching face.
  • A head shot: Shoulders and above.
  • Background: Plain and light colored.
  • In Color: No black and white or sepia.
  • In-focus: with your image clear and sharp.
  • Recent Photo: take with six months.
  • No Accessories: hats, bandanas, sunglasses, etc.
MCard Pickup

During the first week of the Fall and Winter semesters, there will be MCard pickup stations on the stage in the University Pavilion.  During the first week of the Spring and Summer semesters, there will be an MCard pickup station in 206 Murchie Science Building. All other times of the year, you can pickup your MCard in 206 Murchie Science Building.

Faculty/Staff/Replacement Cards

All Faculty, Staff that need an MCard, or anyone that needs to obtain a replacement MCard (See MCard replacement policy) can get their photo taken and recieve their MCard at 206 Murchie Science Building.

Click here to see operating hours for these locations.

At the beginning of every semester, ITS distributes Mcards at the University Pavilion Stage. For the next distribution period, please contact the ITS Helpdesk at 810-762-3123.

A valid government issued picture identification card (such as a driver's license or passport) is required to obtain your Mcard.


Prove that you are a current student/Faculty/Staff/Recreation Center Member.

Picture identification for student services on campus

Functions as a library card and a debit card for using the printers in the open computer labs

Picture identification for UM-Flint Recreation Center

Swipe access into open computer labs and other authorized areas

Functions as a debit card for the Dining Dollars meal plan account in the Riverview Dining Room and the University Center Food Court.

Faculty and staff who pay for parking on the UM-Flint campus can easily use their Mcard for parking in the faculty/staff parking facilities on the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor campus.


You are able to check the meal plan on your MCard by going to https://umflint.edu/diningservices/meal-plans. You will need your uniqname and UMICH (Kerberos) password to log in.


There is a $10.00 fee to replace Mcards that are lost, stolen, or damaged. You must pay the fee at the Cashier's Office, located at 261 University Pavilion, and bring the receipt to the Mcard Station before the Mcard can be replaced.

No fee will be charged for Mcards that must be replaced because of name or department changes, expired cards, or a card that no longer functions due to normal wear. When requesting a no-fee replacement, your old Mcard must be returned at the Mcard Station prior to receiving the replacement.

Note: All photo ID and non-photo ID cards are the property of the University of Michigan and must be surrendered upon request.


If an Mcard is found and returned to the ITS Helpdesk, an email will notify the cardholder of where they can retrieve it.


Once a replacement Mcard is issued, all previous Mcards become invalid. If a cardholder locates a previously lost Mcard (after a replacement card is issued), the previously lost card cannot be re-activated or used to turn in to an ID Issuing Station to avoid paying a replacement fee or receive a refund.  According to the University's Standard Practice Guide 601.13, each member of the University is allowed only one identification card, the Mcard, at a time.