Acquiring Your TCard

What Is a TCard?

Your TCard is your student identification card, but it is so much more than that. The TCard serves the following everyday functions for all UofT students:

  • Digital Access: The Secret Activation Key (SAK) you receive once you get your TCard will allow you to activate your UTORid. This allows you to set up your U of T email, connect to the University wi-fi network, and to access the Learning Portal (aka, Quercus).
  • On-Campus Purchasing: Loading money onto your TCard
  • Student Photo Identification
    • Identification for midterms, exams and assignments
    • Student discounts: GO Transit and TTC
  • Facilities Access
  • Library Card: Borrowing privileges for all libraries (e.g., books, media)

How Do I Get My TCard?

It is advisable to obtain your TCard before your first classes begin. You can pick up your TCard as early as June. However, if you can’t make it to campus before September, don’t worry. Many students acquire theirs during the first week of class.

a. Prepare Your Documents (2 items)

The following options are outlined by the TCard Office.

 

  1. University Identification:

    Your Student Number, your UTOR/JOIN ID, or your University of Toronto Offer of Admission Letter; and

  2. Proof of Legal Status:

    Note: All documents presented must be up to date (i.e, not expired) and original (no copies). The government-issued photo identification card must be no more than 5 years old. The name must be the same as the name on the application and the University’s records systems. If there has been a name change, a marriage certificate or other documentation supporting the name change must be provided.

      • If you are Canadian you will need ONE of the options below:
        Option 1: Valid Canadian passport
        Option 2: Both your Canadian birth certificate and one (1) piece of government-issued photo identification
        Option 3: Canadian citizenship certificate or card and one (1) piece of government-issued photo identification
      • If you are a permanent resident of Canada you will need ONE of the options below:
        Option 1: Valid Permanent Resident Card and one piece of government-issued photo identification
        Option 2: Record of landing (IMM1000) and one (1) piece of government-issued photo identification
        Option 3: Confirmation of permanent residence (IMM 5292 or IMM 5688) and one (1) piece of government-issued photo identification
      • If you are an individual recognized by the federal government as being registered under the Indian Act the TCard office will accept both the existing Canadian Certificate of Indian Status as well as the new Secure Certificate of Indian Status card (SCIS).
    • If you are an international student you must have immigration permission to remain in Canada for the length of your studies: You must show your Passport (non-Canadian), including valid study permit.
b. Go to the TCard Office
The TCard Office is located in the Koffler Centre at 214 College Street, on the first floor.

While you are preparing to acquire your TCard, it is also important to consider preparing yourself for academic life at U of T. Discover what your options are by visiting our webpage for improving your academic skills.