Obtain a J-Card

J-Cards are available to a variety of campus constituents. Please select the appropriate tab below for instructions to obtain your J-Card.

Students and staff who are primarily based in East Baltimore should work with their department to obtain a blue and yellow JHMI badge.

Preferred Names

J-Card is one of the downstream systems that receive preferred name updates from the myJH portal. If you would like your preferred name printed on your J-Card, follow these instructions to update your name. It takes 24-48 hours for the new information to transfer to our system and be available for printing. You may wish to call the J-Card Office (410.516.5121) to confirm availability prior to coming to the office. If you have already received a J-Card and would like an updated card with your preferred name, a $20 replacement fee applies. Please note, J-Cards with preferred names may not be accepted to verify your identity in cases where your legal name is required.

On-Campus Students

Incoming First-Year Students

One of the first steps in the New Student Portal is to upload a color picture of yourself so your J-Card can be ready when you arrive for move-in. If you have a preferred name you wish to use, you can add it in the myProfile area of the myJH portal. Photos and preferred name need to be submitted by July 1st to be included on the J-Card you’ll receive at Move-In/Orientation.

When taking or selecting your photo, please keep the following guidelines in mind:

  • Passport and graduation photos are ideal.
  • Choose a plain, indoor background, as outside shots do not reproduce well on the card.
  • Only the image of your head, neck, and shoulders will be printed on your J-Card, so if your head takes up too small a portion of the picture, it will be difficult to reproduce for your card.
  • Do not wear sunglasses, hats, or hairstyles obscuring your eyes.

Once your photo has been uploaded, the J-Card Office will print your J-Card and deliver it to Community Living, where it will be included in your Move-In/Key packet. If you have any trouble with the upload, please send an email containing your JHED ID and attached picture to jcard@jhu.edu.

New Students in Part-Time Programs

If you are enrolled in one of the following programs and will be taking courses on the Homewood campus, you are welcome to stop by the J-Card Office to receive a J-Card, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. We are located at:

Homewood Campus
3400 N. Charles Street
171 Wyman Park
Baltimore, MD 21218

Otherwise, please follow these links for information on obtaining your J-Card:

Full-Time ASEN Graduate Students

Log into the Graduate Student Portal, where you will be prompted to upload a photo. Additional information for newly admitted students is available on the ASEN website.

Online Students

If you are currently enrolled in classes, please complete the J-Card request form and we will send out your non-photo J-Card via standard mail. We do not mail out cards outside of the US.

For security purposes, J-Cards sent through the mail will not include your student photo, but the access and functionality of the card’s magstripe will remain the same. If you would like a J-Card with a photo, you are welcome to stop by the J-Card Office on the Homewood Campus in Baltimore. We are located at Wyman Park 171 and our office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Faculty & Staff

All faculty and staff (full-time, part-time, and casual) are eligible to receive a J-Card, which serves as the official University identification card. Once you have your Hopkins JHED ID, please visit the J-Card Office in Wyman Park 171 to obtain your J-Card.

On the Homewood campus, your J-Card can provide access to the Milton S. Eisenhower Library, parking facilities, and the Ralph S. O’Connor Recreation Center. You can also deposit J-Cash to your card and take advantage of the convenient, cashless way to pay for your purchases on campus or at participating off-campus merchants.

Vendors & Contractors

Vendors, contractors and other Hopkins affiliates must obtain a sponsored JHED ID before they can receive a J-Card. Sponsored (“ad-hoc”) JHED IDs are requested through your Departmental JHED Administrator or HR representative and are granted at your department’s discretion. These IDs are valid for up to six months and can be extended if necessary.

J-Cards associated with sponsored JHED IDs come with the same privileges as Faculty and Staff cards, and your department can use it to grant access to campus buildings and other spaces.

Once you have your sponsored JHED ID, please visit the J-Card office at Wyman Park 171 to pick up your J-Card.

J-Cards are a part of the student and employee experience at Johns Hopkins University. Remember, any relevant rules stated in student Code of Conduct or the University HR manual apply. Use your card responsibly! If you have questions or concerns about how you can use your J-Card, contact the J-Card Office at (410) 516-5121 or jcard@jhu.edu.