Student ID Card-Orientation & First-Year Programs - Carnegie Mellon University

Student ID Card

One of the most important items you will need at Carnegie Mellon is your official ID Card. This photo identification card categorizes you as a member of the Carnegie Mellon community and will be part of your everyday campus life. Your ID Card will allow you to access various buildings and services on campus.

Over the summer, you will receive an email from The HUB with instructions for submitting your photo online to be used for ID Card production. If you meet the deadline provided by The HUB, your printed ID Card will be ready for pickup when you check in to your campus housing facility during Orientation. If you do not submit your photo online prior to arriving on campus in the fall, visit The HUB, located in the lower level of Warner Hall, to have your photo taken and ID Card produced.

Plaid Cash

One advantage of your ID Card is Plaid Cash. Plaid Cash is a prepaid, stored-value/debit account that is accessible via your ID Card. It is the convenient, cashless way to pay on and off campus. Plaid Cash can be used to pay for textbooks and school supplies. Some of the area’s most popular businesses accept Plaid Cash. You can use it to pay for restaurant take-out, delivery and more.

YourPlaid Cash account is ready for you to use as soon as you are enrolled at the university. Plaid Cash is separate from the FLEX and DineXtra dollars associated with your meal plan. Learn how to deposit funds and view a list of participating businesses on The HUB’s ID Card Services website. For questions regarding your ID Card, send email to For questions regarding Plaid Cash, send email to Alternatively, you may call 412-268-8186.