University of Minnesota
U Card Office

Photo Upload

*This Must be Your First U Card to be Eligible*

Photo Upload allows you to upload your photo and signature online prior to Orientation. Your card will then be ready for you to pick up at orientation, saving you time. Please have your photo and signature upload approved by the U Card Office a week prior to your orientation date to guarantee your U Card will be ready. We will notify you at your U of M email that your photo and signature have been accepted or if you will need to resubmit.

The U Card is your official University of Minnesota ID card and identifies you as a member of the University community. Your U Card will be part of your everyday life on campus and is used for building access, meal plans, charging your student account, using your Gopher GOLD™ account and more!

The uploaded photo will be on the front of your U Card and be used for identity purposes. The signature will appear on the back of the card and be used for verification purposes.

Photo and Signature Requirements:

Acceptable photos are:

  1. At least 600 pixels by 600 pixels or 2” x 2” at 300 DPI in JPEG format
  2. *(Photos taken on most cell phones work great!)
  3. Taken with a plain background, free of patterns, objects, textures, etc.
  4. Images of face and shoulders. Do NOT zoom in on face crop. Leave space around the sides of your face and the top of your head.
  5. Images in color without any added filters or effects.
  6. A clear, unobstructed, front view of the full head and shoulders. No hands can be touching the face or in the image
  7. Of the student alone in normal street attire with no hats, sunglasses, hand symbols or pets in photo (religious head coverings are acceptable)
  8. Recent (less than one year old)

Acceptable signatures are:

  1. At least 300 pixels tall by 900 pixels or 1” x 3” wide at 300 DPI
    in JPEG format
  2. Signed in black ink on a white background (Use a Sharpie or black marker)
  3. Signature that fills at least 25% of the image
  4. First and last name on one line.

We recommend that you sign your name on a white piece of paper with a black Sharpie and then take a photo of it to upload


See More Examples Below!


Photo Quality Standards:




Picture of a U Card