Welcome to Access ID 

Access IDs are your UCSB photo identification, which are used as proof of registration and employment. Access cards allow access to services on campus, such as the dining commons, Davidson Library, computer labs, and the Recreation Center. The ACCESS ID also allows students to enter sporting events and ride the local bus system.

In preparation for Fall 2023 Move-In, the Freshman class will submit their photos for their student ID to be ready at move-in. Click on the "Gaucho Bucks" heading and select "UCSB ACCESS Card Portal" to submit a new profile photo. You must submit by September 8th to avoid delays.


Access ID– Your Campus Credentials

Ordering a New ID/Reporting a Problem

 Incoming Freshmen will receive their IDs at move-in, as long as photos were submitted by September 8, 2023.

Second, third, and fourth year students, graduate students, staff, and faculty may request an Access ID or report a problem by using this Google Form. Please come to the desk during business hours (updated on our website) and we will print your card when you arrive.


The cost of an Access ID is $30. This fee will be applied to the student's BARC account. Staff and faculty will be prompted to complete a recharge form included in the link above. The replacement fee for a lost ID is $30. We are unable to accept cash or check at this time.

The Access Desk is located in the University Center. Our summer hours are

As of Summer 2023, we are open from 10am-12pm and 1pm-4pm. 

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UCSB Student MTD Riders

Effective October 24, 2022 all UCSB students needing to ride the MTD bus system must tap their Access ID on the farebox to board. No other forms of identification will be accepted. If you received an email from campus recently regarding updating your card, please be sure to secure that prior to attempting to ride the bus. As a reminder all registered students are eligible to ride the bus at no additional cost as long as you have a valid Access ID. If you are denied access please report the problem with your Access ID, via this Google Form.
For questions, please contact ucen-access@ucsb.edu.



Your Access ID Is Your Key

Official University ID

Library Card

Check out Library books and materials with the ID you already carry.

Meal Card

Use your ID for meal swipes in all University Dining Commons.

Door Access

Access campus buildings, classrooms, computer and science labs.

Event Pass

Attend Athletic Dept. events and certain AS events for free.

Bus Pass

Students ride all lines of the MTD Bus during the quarter they are actively registered for classes. Staff/Faculty are able to ride line 28 only for free.


Use your current student ID for full use of gym facilities and equipment.

Gaucho Bucks

Make prepaid purchases with UCSB's campus currency at all on-campus food facilities, the Bookstore, Student Health and select off-campus merchants. Staff can sign up for convenient payroll deductions.

Gaucho Bucks News

Gaucho Bucks are now being accepted at Root Burger, Coral Tree Cafe, Starbucks, Courtyard Cafe, Arbor, Buchanan and Tenaya Market! Please check back for updates on Corner Store, Romaine's and Summit!

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Access ID Help

Please complete this Form to have a ticket issued to resolve ASAP.



Access Help Request