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Get Your CarolinaCard

CarolinaCard (ID)

All Students and Faculty/Staff must obtain a USC Aiken ID from University Police.

If you already have a USC Aiken ID, you do not need a new one issued every year. Your ID will automatically activate upon class registration.

Residents must obtain their ID on or before their move-in day. Residents will need a USC Aiken ID for dorm access, meal plan and declining balance use, Pacer Print, library and bookstore services, and building access.

Commuters must obtain their ID on or before their first day of class. Commuters will need a USC Aiken ID for limited building access, PacerPrint, Library and Bookstore use, and optional meal plan and declining balance.

To pick up your Carolina Card, you must bring a valid photo ID with you, such as your driver’s license, state-issued ID card, military ID, or passport.

How Much Does It Cost?

The first student ID card is issued free of charge. Should the card be lost, stolen, or confiscated, or otherwise terminated, a replacement charge of $25 will automatically be assessed upon issuance of a new card. If the ID card has a meal plan, the student must immediately contact Dining Services.

University students are issued a CarolinaCard at University Public safety during normal business hours. Your first card is issued free; there is a $25 fee to replace lost, stolen, or damaged cards. If you replace a card, previously issued cards are rendered invalid and cannot be re-activated. Please bring a picture ID such as a driver's license, military ID, or passport to verify your identity when you come to get your CarolinaCard.

To pick up your Carolina Card, you must bring a valid photo ID with you, such as your driver’s license, state-issued ID card, military ID, or passport.

If you are new to the USC system

  1. Go to my.carolinacard.sc.edu
  2. Accept the online Cardholder Agreement & click photo upload.
  3. You will receive a photo confirmation email from the CarolinaCard office.

For VIPID/computer help, please contact the Computer Services Division (CSD) Help Desk at: 803-641-3391.

Photo must be uploaded 72 hours prior to orientation.

Photo Requirements

  • Background MUST be a solid color
  • Head MUST be facing the camera
  • Photo MUST be cropped head to shoulder
  • Photo must be in color
  • No hats, sunglasses, tank tops, halter tops, sleeveless tops or bathing suits
  • No offensive words, tobacco or alcohol images
  • Must be in JPEG, GIF, or PNG format
  • File must be smaller than 1.5 MB in size
  • Due to differences in systems, not all browsers and settings are compatible

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