Which Gator 1 Card Suits You?

The Gator 1 Card makes campus life easier. Students, faculty and staff are required to have a Gator 1 Card. The Gator 1 Card offers fare-free access to the RTS bus service; the use UF Library services; access to prepaid Vending, Gator Dining, and Bookstore accounts; and to obtain many other campus services. Spouses, domestic partners and retirees may choose to purchase a Gator 1 Card.

The Gator 1 Card office is located on the mezzanine level of the UF Bookstore & Welcome Center. To obtain your Gator 1 Card, bring an official photo ID and $15.00. You also have the option to purchase a $5.00 clear plastic badge holder if you need to wear your Gator 1 Card.

Gator 1 Card Procedures

Due to Covid-19 Pandemic, all Gator 1 Card requests for students are required to be submitted through the Distance Gator 1 Card Application Site.  The issuance process for a Gator 1 Card can be expedited once an online Zoom interview has been scheduled.  In lieu of the Zoom interview, students are welcome to visit the Gator 1 Card Office in person for processing to obtain their Gator 1 Card by the next business day. Also, Electronic Staff/Faculty Authorization submissions are required for all UF Employees, Departmental Associates, Affiliates, and visitors.

In order to maintain a safe environment, photo capturing is restricted in the Gator 1 Card office at this time.  Images submitted online/electronically will be used to process Gator 1 ID Cards. We are located on the Mezzanine Level of the Bookstore and Welcome Center adjacent to the Reitz Union.

In order to obtain a card, an official picture Identification is required (Driver’s License or Passport) and UFID number is needed. The cost is $15.00.


Students may submit a request for their Gator 1 Cards online at https://www.bsd.ufl.edu/idcardimgs/distancelearning/
Please email the Gator 1 Card team at gator1card@bsd.ufl.edu for other arrangements.


Faculty and Staff are to work with their department’s ID Card Authorizer to place a request for a Gator 1 Card. Please provide a photo to your department authorizer, and they will submit it with the Gator 1 Card request. The department authorizer can select where the card is sent. Either a campus PO Box or an off-campus address may be selected. Please email the Gator 1 Card team at gator1card@bsd.ufl.edu for other arrangements.

Vendors, Spouse/Partners, and Others

Please email the Gator 1 Card team at gator1card@bsd.ufl.edu or call 352-392-8343.


Faculty and Staff Gator 1 Card

Employees must obtain a Staff and Faculty Authorization form from their department payroll administrator or office manager in order to receive a new or replacement Gator 1 Card.

  1. To set up an account, send an email to idcardbilling@bsd.ufl.edu with the following information:
    • Complete Chart Field
    • PO Box Number
    • Telephone Number
    • Name and UFID of the Department Contact
    • Name and UFID of Additional Authorizers
      • Departments will be able to view their monthly invoices online.
  2. To authorize a new or replacement card for an employee:
    • Only department authorizers are able to login to myUFL > Quick Links > Gator 1 Central and select the “ID Card Authorization” link from the pull down box on the top of the page;
    • The authorizer will enter the employee’s UFID and any additional information needed on the card as follows;
    • Title: Faculty, Staff, Student/Staff (Graduate Assistant)
    • Department/College: Name of the department/college
    • Credentials: PhD, MD, DVM, EdD, etc.
    • Select the payment option: Either the appropriate Chart Field or “employee pays”.
    • Department authorizers should notify the employee (Graduate Assistant) when the authorization has been submitted.
  3. To obtain a new or replacement Gator 1 Card:
    • The employee needs to bring a photo ID (eg, driver’s license or passport) to the Gator 1 Central office.
    • Employee needs to be sure to inform the ID Card staff of an existing authorization. Without an authorization submission, the student/staff employee will not receive a Gator 1 Card.
    • Departments will be charged, or employee must pay, $15.00 for ID Cards as authorized on Step 2 above. An employee may pay for new or replacement card with cash, check, debit card, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover Card. If a person logs in and does NOT see an authorization form, they are not an authorizer.
Distance Learning Gator 1 Card

For students who are NOT located in the Gainesville area, you can request a Gator 1 Card online and have it mailed to you.

The cost of the Gator 1 Card is $15.00, plus a $5.00 shipping and handling fee.

You must have a valid UFID number and Gatorlink username and password to request a Gator 1 Card remotely. Fill out an application

Photo Guidelines for the Distance Learning Gator 1 Card
You are required to submit a photo to be used on your Gator 1 Card for identification purposes. Please follow the below guidelines for selecting a photograph to submit:

  • The photo should be a head shot, facing directly to the camera. Side poses are not accepted.
  • The photo must be in the JPEG image file format.
  • Avoid photos with a “busy” or complicated background. A photo against a solid color or plain surface is best.
  • Do NOT submit photos that feature you wearing sunglasses, hats, or anything covering the face (including hands covering the face in any way).
Spouse Cards

Spouse Cards – Student, Faculty & Staff:
To obtain a spouse card of a faculty/staff member, both the UF employee and spouse must be present.
You will be asked to present the following documentation:
Married Couples:

  • Gator 1 Card
  • State issued photo ID (both people)
  • Marriage certificate

Domestic Partners:
If you do not have a Marriage certificate, note that we will need additional documentation demonstrating shared residency and joint financial obligations. You will be asked to present the following documentation:

  • Driver’s licenses showing the same address for both parties
  • Joint renter’s or homeowner’s policy
  • Joint mortgage or lease
  • Durable property power of attorney or healthcare power of attorney granted by either party to the other.

AND any 2 of the following:

  • A will, retirement plan or life insurance policy designating the domestic partner as the primary beneficiary
  • Joint credit or charge card (statements)
  • Joint renter’s or homeowner’s policy
  • Common ownership of an automobile
Retiree Cards

Option 1: To receive a Gator 1 “Retiree” Card prior to your official retirement, you will need a letter from your Department HR Personnel, verifying your retirement date.

Option 2: To receive a Gator 1 “Retiree” Card after you have officially applied through UF Human Resources, the customer can call the Gator 1 Central office to verify their retirement status has posted in the UF Management Directory System. This includes those seeking “Professor Emeritus” status.

For additional information, please email idcardbilling@bsd.ufl.edu



Gator 1 Card Office
UF Bookstore & Welcome Center
1900 Museum Road