Photo ID

Every student, faculty, and staff member at the University of Pittsburgh receives a photo ID card at Panther Central in the Litchfield Towers lobby. Your Panther Card is your photo ID and a whole lot more. The magnetic strip on your Panther Card is programmed to give you access to your residence hall, your Meal Plan, and other facilities and services on and off campus.

Panther Card Self Service Photo Upload

Your Panther Card (Pitt ID) is the one tool that every student, faculty and staff member needs to have on their first day. Submit your photo to us in advance and allow us to prepare your Pitt ID for you! Online photo submission is quick and easy; IDs are typically processed in one day. To obtain a preprinted ID, new students, faculty and staff must submit their photo at least one full business day prior to arrival on campus.

Your Pitt ID declares you as a member of the Pitt community and is your passport to access essential campus services. Therefore, you will be required to show an official government-issued photo ID when you pick-up your card. Be sure to check your University email account to verify the status of your Pitt ID.

Online Photo Submission is a convenience that Panther Central offers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Acceptable and Unacceptable Photo Submissions


Acceptable Photo Submissions

  • Current (taken within the last six months) color photo
  • JPG format
  • Neutral color and smooth background
  • Proper lighting (#nofilter)
  • Centered and front view of full face
  • Cropped from just above the top of the head to the collarbone
  • Eyes open and visible
  • Wear prescription glasses if you normally do so
  • Maximum file size of 5 MB (5120 KB)
  • Minimum dimensions of 260 x 300 pixels

Unacceptable Photo Submissions

  • Wearing hats, sunglasses or other items that obscure the face
  • Glare on glasses; closed eyes
  • Shadows on the face
  • Other visible people, objects, or text
  • Inappropriate expressions
  • Group photos
  • Blurry photos
  • Black and white photos
  • Photos with your hand resting on your face
  • Crop off the top of your head or side angle your face


Tips for a Successful Photo Submission


1. To achieve a neutral colored, smooth background, you can use:


  • Poster board
  • Blank wall
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2. To achieve clear image quality, avoid images that are:


  • Dark or shadowed
  • Distorted or blurry
  • Too small (less than 260x300 pixels)
    • Generally, you can right-click a photo and view the size under Properties.
    • Or you can use a photo editing program to view the file size.
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3. Avoid photos with other visible people or objects.


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Preferred Name- Now Available for Students

The University of Pittsburgh recognizes the need or preference for students to refer to themselves by a “preferred name”other than their legal given or first and/or middle name. If you are interested in using a "preferred name" on campus, please review this statement from the Registrar for more detailed information. If you have any "Preferred Name" related questions, please contact the Registrar.

Your preferred name will be available at Panther Central within 24 hours after you update your information.

Add a Preferred Name Process

1.  Login to the portal

2. Click “Manage My Account”

3. Click “Contact Information”

4. Click “Click here to set your Preferred Name”

5. Click Yes when “Do you want to set your preferred name?” question displays

6. Add your preferred first and preferred middle (optional) names

Upon arriving at Panther Central, you will be asked to exchange your current Panther Card for your updated ID with your preferred name. There is no cost for your first "preferred name" Pitt ID. All other Panther Card reprints due to additional preferred name updates, lost/stolen IDs, will result in a $20 fee.

Please remember that if asked to show your ID as a form of identification, your ID will have your preferred name on the front and your legal name on the back.

Photo ID Hours

To get your Panther Card, bring valid photo identification (for example, a driver's license or passport) to Panther Central, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

General ID Guidelines

Here you'll find guidelines for some of the most commonly asked ID eligibility questions.

Lost Your Card?

Report lost or stolen cards to Panther Central immediately at the Panther Central Online Community at Your card will be automatically deactivated.

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