How to Get Your First TCard / UTORid

Select the heading below that most appropriately applies to your status.

 

Not Your First TCard? If you are not a new student, staff, or faculty OR have previously been issued a TCard, follow the lost / replacement instructions.


Undergraduate & Graduate Students

New Undergraduate / Graduate Students

To access online services starting Day 1 of classes, you must convert your JOINid to a UTORid before classes begin. Watch our video on steps to converting your JOINid to a UTORid, or follow the instructions below.

Your UTORid and password provide access to online services like email UTmail+, course content on Quercus, webinars, library resources, Microsoft365 applications, network services for international students, on-campus WiFi and more. 

TCards are not required if you are studying remotely.

In order to activate your UTORid, you are required to submit your photo online and set up a remote appointment to have your identity and legal status verified. 

Step 1: Submit a photo via MyPhoto. Once you receive an approval email, go to Step 2.

Step 2: Book a remote UTORid appointment via CLNx.

Step 3: Attend the appointment and provide the required identity and legal status documentation.

  • Appointments will take place via CLNx Built-in Video (download not required)
  • All documentation presented must be unexpired and original (digital or photocopies are not accepted) 
  • You will need your JOINid to login to CLNx 

At the appointment, we will: 

  • Verify your identity (you are required to show your face via webcam).
  • Verify your legal status in Canada.
  • Verify your photo submission via MyPhoto.
  • Provide you with instructions to activate your UTORid and UTmail+ once all the above have been verified.

Step 4:   If you are on campus, book an appointment to get your TCard.

  • After you complete your remote appointment to get your UTORid (Steps 1-3 above), you can book an in-person appointment to get your TCard.
    • You must require on-campus access to services and facilities, to book an appointment.
    • Students moving into residence will be able to pick up their TCard at their residence. You will be contacted by your residence if this option is available to you. Otherwise, you can book an in-person appointment.
  • Book an in-person appointment by logging into CLNx with your UTORid.

Newly admitted students: Learn more about converting your JOINid to a UTORid.

Returning / Re-Registered Students

If you are returning under 2 years: 

  • You can continue to use your TCard.
  • If you have lost your TCard, follow the Lost/Replacement Instructions.
  • If you require a first TCard, you can book an in-person appointment:
  1. Login to CLNx with your UTORid
  2. Select the appointment type:  D) St. George in Person Appointment

If you are a returning / re-registered student over 2 years:  

  • You will need to have your legal status verified, update your student photo, and you will be eligible to receive a new TCard.  
    • Follow the instructions under I am a New Undergraduate/Graduate Student”. 
  • You can continue to use your active UTORid and UTmail+ account after you have completed the re-registration process with your registrar. 

All Other Students

School Of Continuing Studies

When you are registered for a School of Continuing Studies (SCS) course, you will be provided with a qqID, which gives you access to Quercus and campus Wi-Fi.  

If you require access to online library resources, you can request a UTORid by submitting a Permission Letter Request to the School of Continuing Studies, on (or after) the scheduled start date of your course. 

  • To access library spaces on-campus, you may present government-issued photo ID plus proof of registration.

A TCard is available to any individual who is taking a course with the School of Continuing Studies, for a cost of $20 CAD, however, it is not required.  

  • If you wish you obtain a TCard, you may book an in-person appointment by emailing a request to tcard.office@utoronto.ca.  You must have completed the UTORid request process before your appointment. 

Visit the SCS website for more information. 

Postdoctoral Fellows

Your UTORid is sufficient to access online library resources and other online systems.  

If you require physical access to on-campus buildings, labs, or services, please contact your supervisor or program coordinator for alternate options if our physical office is closed.

If a TCard is required to access buildings on campus you will be able to book an in-office appointment, by emailing tcard.office@utoronto.ca, with the following information:  

  • Name & UTORid
  • Reason for the need to have a physical TCard issued. Please include the building names, room #, and administrator/manager name. 
  • Appointments fill up quickly and are prioritized for those who require a physical card for on-campus use.

 


Faculty, Staff, Other Staff, Guests and Contractors

Faculty / Staff

If a TCard is required to access buildings on campus or used for time tracking (Kronos), you will be able to book an in-office appointment:

  1. Login to CLNx with your UTORid
  2. Select the appointment type:  D) St. George in Person Appointment

If you are unable to get an immediate appointment, please contact your supervisor or department for alternate options.

Contractors, Temporary Staff/Faculty & Guests

If you fall into one of these categories, (and do not appear in HRIS), the department you are working for should apply for a Long-Term Guest UTORid. A UTORid will provide you access to online library and other services, including on-campus Wi-Fi.  

If you are a visitor who requires a UTORid for a period of 5 days or less, you can be sponsored by a staff or faculty member for a Short-Term Guest UTORid. 

If a TCard is required to access buildings on campus you will be able to book an in-office appointment, by emailing tcard.office@utoronto.ca, with the following information:  

  • Name & UTORid
  • Reason for the need to have a physical TCard issued. Please include the building names, room #, and administrator/manager name. 
  • Appointments fill up quickly and are prioritized for those who require a physical card for on-campus use.

Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME)

Postgraduate Medical Education

To activate your UTORid, you will require a Secret Activation Key (SAK). This can be found at the top of your POWER registration record.   

Your UTORid provides online access to library resources, UTmail+ account, and on-campus Wi-Fi.
If you require physical access to a U of T library and do not yet have a TCard, you can present government-issued photo ID along with proof of registration.
 

If a TCard is required to access buildings on campus you will be able to book an in-office appointment, by emailing tcard.office@utoronto.ca, with the following information:  

  • Name & UTORid
  • Reason for the need to have a physical TCard issued. Please include the building names, room #, and administrator/manager name. 
  • Appointments fill up quickly and are prioritized for those who require a physical card for on-campus use.

PGME trainees do not qualify for GO Transit discounts.  TCards are not provided for the sole use of off-campus discounts.