Cat Card Policy

Intended Use

The UC Merced CatCard is a multi-service identification card for people who are affiliated with the campus. It is designed to make daily business and access on campus more versatile, while keeping your data more secure.

CatCard Photos

Hats, sunglasses and other obstructive objects are not allowed in CatCard photos.

Active Cards

You may have only one active card at any given time.

Replacement Cards

Students, faculty and staff receive their first CatCard at no charge. University affiliates must pay the $20 fee for their first CatCard, and can arrange with their sponsoring department to recharge the $20 to that department. Anyone who needs to obtain a replacement CatCard ID, where the existing card is lost, stolen, damaged, faulty, or if you have changed your name, must pay a $20 fee. You can get your replacement card by visiting the CatCard Office during business hours.

Affiliate Cards

Departments can obtain affiliate UCM CatCard ID for partnering vendors and contractors whose businesses require frequent access to campus buildings. Affiliate UC Merced CatCard IDs are available as a courtesy to university vendors and contractors, and campus visitors are also eligible for affiliate cards. Affiliate cardholders cannot obtain affiliate cards for anyone. All affiliate cards have a maximum expiration date of one year after the card issue date, and they must be renewed annually in order to confirm the continuing eligibility of the cardholder and their sponsor. The cost of affiliate AffiliateUC Merced CatCard ID is $20.

Request an Affiliate UC Merced CatCard ID.

Temporary Cards (Resident Students Only)

You may obtain a temporary card from the campus dining manager in the event your CatCard is lost or stolen. The temporary card provides up to $35 for use for meals in the Dining Center. You are responsible for the security of your temporary card and any purchases made using that card. You must return the temporary card to the CatCard Office once you have located or replaced your permanent CatCard.

Lost/Stolen CatCard or CatCard Reactivation

If your CatCard is lost or stolen, it is your responsibility to immediately report it. Your CatCard can be deactivated immediately, blocking the unauthorized use of your flex account funds, meal plan funds and building access by visiting ePay and selecting "Manage My CatCard." You can also email CatCard@ucmerced.edu or call the CatCard Office at 209-228-2228 during business hours 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday to report your lost or stolen CatCard .  

If you find your CatCard, please visit the CatCard Office to reactivate your card. Please remember to bring your valid government issued photo ID card to reactivate your CatCard (Either your U.S. driver's license issued by DMV, U.S. identification card issued by DMV, Permanent Resident/US Department of Homeland Security/US green card, passport or U.S. Military identification card. Note: Any identification card  or passport stamped "Void" is not acceptable per Homeland Security.)  

If you find a lost CatCard, please return it to the CatCard Office or to the lost and found located at the UC Merced Police Department.

Card Abuse

You are responsible for the use of your CatCard, and therefore, the security of your information and funds. Do not lend your card to others. Unauthorized use, or authorized use by a party other than the person identified on the card, will result in confiscation and possible disciplinary action by the university.

Name Change

If you change your name, you can get a CatCard issued with your new name for a $20 fee paid to the cashier's office. It takes five to seven business days for the CatCard system to update your new name.

Caring for Your CatCard

To ensure your CatCard continues to function properly, DO NOT:

  • Punch holes in the card.
  • Place the card on stereo equipment, computers or near any magnetic fields.
  • Carry the card in the area surrounded by high voltage electricity.

Refund Request

Fill out a refund request form to present to the Cat Card Office.