Your PantherCard is your student ID card. It gives you access to UWM resources.
Transfer Students pay a New Transfer Fee which includes their card cost.
All other students can purchase a card in the PantherCard Office for $15. The PantherCard Office in Union 143 is open Monday through Friday (except holidays) during the following hours:
Academic Year (September until late-May): 8:00am – 4:30pm
Summer (late-May through August): 10:00am – 4:00pm
The UPASS/M-Card can be picked up in the Transportation Services office up to one week before the start of a semester. If you lose your UPASS/M-Card, you can get a replacement in the Parking and Transit Office for a $15 fee. However, students are only eligible for one replacement.
To activate a Gold Account, visit the PantherCard Office in the Union to complete the PantherCard Gold Account Contract and deposit an initial balance. Reload the card balance at the PantherCard Office, or online through GetFunds.
A Resident Account is only available to students living in the dorms. The account is active on their PantherCard for the Resident Meal Plan. You can load money on your Resident Account for Meal Plan Charges using the kiosks in the residence halls or online through GetFunds.
You can purchase a replacement PantherCard in the Union for a $15 fee. If you had a UPASS sticker on your card, you can buy a replacement sticker in Transportation Services for an additional $45 fee.
To order a PantherCard without a photo, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, including your full legal name, month and date of birth, and 9-digit Student ID number. The $15 order fee will be posted to your PAWS account, and the card will be sent to your PAWS mailing address.
- A valid Wisconsin driver license or identification card
- Military ID
- A U.S. passport
- A certificate of naturalization issued not earlier than two years before the date of the election at which it is presented
- An identification card issued by a federally recognized Indian tribe in Wisconsin
Additional information on valid forms of voter ID can be found on the Bring It to the Ballot website published by the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board.
If you are a currently enrolled UWM student but do not already have one of the acceptable forms of photo ID and plan to cast your ballot in Wisconsin, you can receive a Student Voter ID card that is compliant with the Voter ID law. The Student Voter ID card is separate from your PantherCard. Please note that the PantherCard does not fulfill the requirements of the law and will not be accepted for voting purposes.
The Student Voter ID card is available to current students who need one at no cost in the PantherCard Office, Union 143.
In conjunction with the Student Voter ID card, you will be required to present a Voter ID Enrollment Letter as proof of current enrollment and residency. You can access a printable version of the letter at any time by clicking on the Voter ID Enrollment Letter link under the Personal Information header on your PAWS account. The Voter ID Enrollment Letter also can be used to prove residency in conjunction with another form of voter ID.
Go to the UW System Student Voting page for additional info on voting as a student.
Go to the My Vote Wisconsin page to determine if you’re registered to vote and identify your polling location.