PolarExpress card online application

Apply for your PolarExpress card application with a simple and quick online form. Log in with your UA username and password, fill out the required information, upload a photo* and a photo of a government-issued ID, and you will receive an email once your card is ready to be picked up at the Office of the Bursar.

The form can be completed via your mobile device, smartphone or computer. Please note that our office will only be accepting the online form. Computers are available in the Signers' Hall lobby. If you need help, please contact the Office of the Bursar at uaf-bursar@alaska.edu or 474-7384.

The PolarExpress card is the official UAF photo identification card used by students, staff and faculty to access UAF facilities and to make purchases. The card includes your name, photograph and UA identification number. Your PolarExpress card lets you check out library books, vote in student elections, as well as access to the Health Center and other student services. The card's magnetic stripe holds a unique key that may provide secure access to residence halls, laboratories, and the Student Recreation Center. You can deposit money into your Bear Bucks account, which can be used at all Dining Services locations, photocopiers, and the UAF and CRCD Bookstores. The PolarExpress card is a permanent card, valid for two years after the holder's last affiliation with the university.

*Photo requirements

  • plain white or blue background
  • no hats
  • no sunglasses
  • color photo
  • neutral facial expression
  • directly facing camera
  • taken within last 6 months
  • face-centered
  • image must include from clavicle to top of head