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The Stanford University ID Number is assigned to each student's academic record for unique identification. It is printed on the Stanford University ID card and on documents distributed by the Office of the University Registrar and other administrative offices. It is a violation of University policy to use another's Stanford University ID Number to misrepresent yourself in any way; such use can result in loss of student privileges or other disciplinary action.


The SUNet ID provides access to the Stanford University Network (SUNet) and its services, and identifies authorized users of these services. Each member of the Stanford electronic community creates a unique SUNet ID and SUNet ID password for him/herself. SUNet IDs provide:

  • Axess services
  • Email service
  • Storage space within Stanford's distributed file system
  • Usenet newsgroups
  • World wide web services, including serving of personal webpages on the Leland system and access to Stanford Web Resources

The SUNet ID together with SUNet ID password may serve in place of a signature on electronic forms. The SUNet ID password must remain confidential; it is a violation of University policy to permit another person to use your SUNet ID or password. It is a violation of University policy to use another's SUNet ID or SUNet ID password to misrepresent yourself in any way; such use can result in loss of student privileges or other disciplinary action.

Identification Cards

The ID card serves as an identification card, an electronic key, allowing cardholders to use services for which they have privileges, to enter certain facilities, and to make purchases.

ID cards are available by appointment only to registered students, faculty,  staff, and Visiting Scholars. They can obtain their ID cards by scheduling an appointment via the Pre-Check appointment link, then pick up their card at the ID Card Office, Tresidder Union, 459 Lagunita Drive, 2nd Floor. If needed, contact the ID Card Office via (650) 498-CARD). 

Courtesy ID cards are available for spouses/partners of the Stanford faculty, staff, and students. They must submit a Courtesy card help ticket and schedule a Zoom appointment  in order to request a spouse/partner courtesy card. The spouse/partner courtesy ID card enables use of some campus services such as gym, pool, and library use. For family cards, such as spouse/partner and dependents, you can submit one ticket for the whole family via the Multiple Family Card Request help ticket.

Library access and borrowing privileges are reserved for the Stanford professoriate, academic staff, regular staff, students, and others associated with the University with a need for such access.

ID cards bear a photograph of the cardholder. This photograph is maintained in an online database and, as stated in the Privacy section, is available for classroom, student residence, and other use upon specific request and without student consent unless the student has designated that the photograph not be released. Photographs can be designated as private using the Privacy function of Axess. Photos can be uploaded at 

Misuse of the ID card may result in discipline or administrative action.

For more information, see the Campus Card Service website. For the complete policy on Stanford Identification Cards, see the Administrative Guide, 28-4 (pdf).