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.

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 chosen name you wish to use, you can add it in the myProfile area of the myJH portal. Photos and chosen 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, Closed 1pm-2pm for lunch daily. We are located at:

Homewood Campus
Wyman Building, 171
3100 Wyman Park Drive
Baltimore, MD 21211

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 in the Wyman Park building, room 171 and our office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Closed for lunch 1pm-2pm daily.

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 at the Wyman Park building, room 171 and our office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Closed for lunch 1pm-2pm daily.

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 at the Wyman Park building, room 171 and our office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Closed for lunch 1pm-2pm daily.

J-Cards are part of the student and employee experience at Johns Hopkins University. Remember, any relevant rules stated in the 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.

Chosen Names

J-Card is one of the downstream systems that receive chosen name updates from the myJH portal. If you would like your chosen name printed on your J-Card, follow these instructions to update your name. The university provides one free chosen name J-Card replacement to all individuals; subsequent ID badge replacements for additional chosen name changes are $20. It takes 24–48 hours for the new information to transfer to the J-Card system and be available for printing. You may wish to call the J-Card Office at (410) 516-5121 to confirm availability prior to coming to the office.

Please note, J-Cards with chosen names may not be accepted to verify your identity in cases where your legal name is required.

Legal Names

ID badge replacements are available at no cost for legal name changes.

Staff/Faculty

If you would like your new legal name printed on your J-Card, please work with your department administrator, department HR manager, or divisional/school-level HR leader. You will need to submit proof of name change in the form of a social security card bearing your legal name, and then they can perform the actions to update your legal name in SAP/payroll, which will then pass it along to other downstream systems.

Students

Use the SEAM online form to contact Records and Registration. This will link to various registrar options, including “Update my student information.” Steps to update biographical information are noted on this page.

It takes 24–48 hours for the new information to transfer to the J-Card system and be available for printing. You may wish to call the J-Card Office at (410) 516-5121 to confirm availability prior to coming to the office.