In addition to your meal plan, both the 49er Account and the Optional Dining Account reside on your Charlotte 49er ID Card. Simply make a deposit and the accounts are instantly activated!
A 49er ID card allows access to:
- Campus housing
- Campus activities and programs
- Athletic events and recreational facilities
- Computer labs
- Student Health Center
The 49er ID card also serves as a:
- Meal plan card
- Library card
- Secondary credential for virtual parking privileges
- CATS All-Access Transit Pass
And holds funds for:
- 49er Account
- Optional Dining Account (ODA)
To get a 49er ID card, you'll need:
- A student ID number that begins with 800 or 801 (assigned at acceptance; appears on the acceptance letter);
- To be registered for classes;
- Proof of University affiliation such as acceptance letter, class schedule or tuition bill;
- One valid proof of identification such as a driver's license, state-issued ID or passport.
- Upload your ID photo in advance.
- Students attending SOAR will receive an email with important instructions and deadlines for receiving their 49er ID Card. The method to receive your 49er ID Card is dependent upon your housing status:
- Incoming resident students will receive their 49er ID Card when they check in to their residence hall during move-in.
Commuters who requested their 49er ID Card to be mailed by the July 20 deadline will receive their card in the mail prior to the start of the fall semester. Commuters who did not request their 49er ID Card to be mailed by the deadline must pick their cards up in the 49er Card Office during business hours.
For students attending classes at the Dubois Center in uptown Charlotte, 49er Cards can be printed at the Center City Campus on a limited basis. Please submit a photo online. Once you receive a notification of your photo approval, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request your card.
If you prefer to collect your 49er card on the main campus, please visit the 49er Card and Meal Plan Office in the Auxiliary Services Building on main campus or the ID Card Office in the Student Union (reopens Aug. 9).
49er ID Cards have contactless technology
The 49er ID Card contains a chip within that allows for tapping at card readers, indicated by this icon. Most point-of-sale registers allow for tapping, as do many residence halls.
49er ID Cards include two sets of numbers: one that identifies the card and one that identifies the person to whom the card belongs. The nine-digit number that appears under the barcode is your permanent UNC Charlotte ID number. It begins with 800 or 801 and is linked to your University records. This number does not change and will be the one you use most.
The 16-digit card number is a secure numerical standard that links each card transaction to you. The number will change if the card is ever replaced.
Activation of card accounts and features
- Immediately available: Door access, meal plans, campus spending accounts
- Next business day: Parking gate access, key boxes, Kronos
- Within five (5) business days: CATS Transit Pass
Do not punch or drill a hole in your 49er ID Card
This may damage the chip and cause the contactless feature to stop working. If you choose to punch holes in your card, you are responsible for the cost of replacement ($20) if it no longer works.
The 49er ID card is property of UNC Charlotte. It must be carried at all times and presented to University officials upon request. Card is nontransferable. Unauthorized use or alteration warrants confiscation and/or disciplinary action. Return found cards to the 49er Card Office.