MCARD Program

The MCard is Your Passport to UM-Flint

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.

The UM-Flint Department of Public Safety (DPS) Security Technology Services services the campus MCard processes and distribution of UM-Flint MCards. Please follow the directions at the MCard Portal to upload the MCard photo. Once the application is received, it will be reviewed by the DPS IT Security Specialists and they will contact you upon completion.

New Students
All incoming students will use the self-service MCard Portal to submit their MCard photo.

Throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic, DPS will be handing out MCards by mail or appointment. In order to receive your MCard in the mail, you must:

  • Be registered for classes.
  • Send DPS an email with a valid mailing address and a copy of the FRONT and BACK of your U.S.A. government issued photo ID or passport.
  • If you do not have a driver’s license or passport, a birth certificate and a parent or guardian’s drivers license will suffice.
  • All information on your government issued documents should be clear and legible.
  • Please identify your receipt preference for mail delivery or in-person pickup.

New Faculty & Staff
All newly onboarded faculty and staff members will submit their Mcard photo and documents directly to Flint.DPS.Support@umich.edu. Throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic, DPS will be handing out MCards by mail or appointment. In order to receive your Mcard, you must:

  • Be newly employed with UM-Flint as a faculty member or staff member.
  • Send DPS an email with a valid mailing address and a copy of the FRONT and BACK of your U.S.A. government issued photo ID or passport.
  • All information on your government issued documents should be clear and legible.
  • Please identify your receipt preference for mail delivery or in-person pickup.

What are the MCard photo requirements for students, faculty and staff?

  • Face forward: Face the Camera. No hands or arms touching the face.
  • A head shot: Shoulders and above.
  • Background: Plain and light colored.
  • In Color: No filters or black and white or sepia.
  • In-focus: The image must be clear and sharp.
  • Recent Photo: Taken within the last six months.
  • No Accessories: No hats, bandanas, sunglasses, etc.

MCard Uses

  • Prove that you are a current student/faculty/staff/Recreation Center member.
  • Picture identification for UM-Flint Recreation Center and student services on campus
  • Functions as a library card and a quick login card for using the printers in the open computer labs
  • Swipe access into open computer labs and other authorized areas
  • Functions as a debit card for the 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

Replacement MCards
All faculty, staff and students who need a replacement MCard must have a valid government issued photo identification card (such as a driver’s license or passport) is required to obtain your MCard.

Expired MCards
During the COVID-19 Pandemic, DPS has extended MCards that are or will be expiring, until June 1, 2021. If there are any questions or concerns, please contact DPS.

Lost MCard
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Lost MCard fee of $10 will be suspended until the campus resumes normal operations. If you have lost your MCard, please email Flint.DPS.Support@umich.edu stating the loss of the MCard along with a valid mailing address and a copy of the FRONT and BACK of your U.S.A. Government issued ID or passport.

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

Found MCards
If an MCard is found and returned to DPS, an email will notify the cardholder of where they can retrieve it.

Previous MCards
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.