New Students

Before receiving an R-Card, all requesters must provide a valid government-issued photo identification card to prove the requesters identification. There are no exceptions to this rule. Examples of a government-issued ID are listed below.

  • State-issued driver’s license
  • State-issued identification card
  • Passport
  • Military identification card

In addition to presenting your government-issued ID when requesting your R-Card, please review the sections below for other requirements.

College of Arts and Sciences

  • Go through the orientation process
  • Obtain stamp on required fields in orientation packet
  • Present R-Number found on orientation packet
  • Present a valid government-issued ID

Hamilton Holt School

  • Register for classes
  • Present proof of registration (ex. Class schedule, Holt R-Card request form)
  • Present a valid government-issued ID

Crummer Graduate School

  • Go through the orientation process
  • Present a valid government-issued ID


Requirements of the Photo
Example for
Tommy Tar
  • Background must be a solid
    • Must be a solid color (White or other light neutral color preferred)
    • No other objects or persons can be in the photo.
    • Wall or a solid backdrop is acceptable.
  • Photo must be a front shot with both sides of the face visible
    • Cropping guidelines
      - Upper boundary is about two inches above cardholder’s head
      - Lower boundary is no higher than collar-bone (about 4 to 6 inches below the chin)
      - Side boundaries is from the top of the cardholder's shoulders
      - Photo's length and width must be of equal size
    • Smiling or a serious expression is acceptable. No other gestures or expressions will be accepted
    • No hats or obstructions of the face will be accepted.

All photos will be reviewed to ensure requirements are met. If the requirements are not met, R-Card’s will not be presented to the requester without taking a new photo.

The R-Card office will accept photos up to TWO BUSINESS DAYS before orientation.  All other photos must be taken at orientation or at the R-Card office.