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Get Your DukeCard

All students are required to get a DukeCard, the official ID for Duke students. The card will allow you to access Duke facilities and parking lots, print documents on campus, check out books from Duke Libraries, and purchase discounted tickets to a number of on-campus events

Your first DukeCard is free. Visit the DukeCard Office website for more information.

Because of COVID-19 precautions, The Graduate School is working with the DukeCard Office to minimize in-person contact during card distribution. For fall 2020, The Graduate School will pick up incoming students’ cards from the DukeCard Office and distribute them to departments, and each department will distribute the cards to its new students.

To ensure that you will receive a DukeCard, you must go to My First DukeCard to submit your photo online by July 24. There is no fee for your first student DukeCard.

When you arrive at Duke, you will need to present a government-issued picture ID (driver's license, passport, military ID, etc.) to your department’s director of graduate studies assistant (DGSA) to obtain your DukeCard. If you have any problems or questions, please send an email to

You can also add your DukeCard credentials to your phone for building access and payment at participating locations.

For more information, see the DukeCard Office’s checklist for new students and instructions on how international students can set up their Transact eAccounts to manage their Flex account balances, make deposits, access Duke buildings, and pay for purchases on campus.

FAQs about DukeCards

I graduated from a Duke master’s program and am starting my PhD study at Duke. If I still have my DukeCard, do I need to get a new one?

An individual only needs to get a new card if the program name printed on the DukeCard would change. If the card says “Graduate School” in the bottom left corner of your card, there is nothing more you need to do at this time.

What if I need a Proxy card?

Due to the current situation, all incoming students will receive an NFC contactless + Prox DukeCard. This will allow students to have the card type they will need for all access areas across campus should they need it. Those students needing lab access or special access assignments will now have the card they need from the beginning.

In order to get the access they need for labs, students should contact the lab manager to add the access as they normally would. The only change now is that the lab manager will email to request that the prox number be active for university access to labs. The email will need a picture attached of the back of the student DukeCard with the prox number, so the DukeCard office can see the number and key it into the access system correctly.

If I will NOT be on campus in the fall, do I still need to apply for a DukeCard at this time?

Yes, the DukeCard Office recommends all incoming students submit a photo to make sure you can download the mobile DukeCard, and to ensure the card will be ready when you arrive on campus. Not submitting the photo will cause a delay in printing, assignment, and access. The photo may also be used for the class rosters for professors.

If you have additional questions or concerns please contact the DukeCard Office at (919) 684-5800.