Bengal Card is the multipurpose photo ID issued to students, faculty, and staff at Buffalo State. Each card has a unique identification number assigned to the cardholder. It is the official ID for the use of college services and facilities.
Bengal ID cards are functional year-to-year. Returning students do not need a new card each academic year. If a card is lost, the $15 replacement card will automatically expire the lost card. If found, lost cards will no longer work, once a replacement has been ordered, and should be discarded. Students, returning to Buffalo State after 3 semesters absence, are considered new students and should order a new card for free.
When ordering an ID using this form, choose distance learner in the drop-down. Your ID will be mailed to you. To prevent identity theft and fraud, we will only send mail to the address in Banner.
Your Bengal Card has many important uses:
Your Bengal Card is used to check out materials and reserve items at Butler Library and can be used to check out materials at all other SUNY libraries.
Your Bengal Card may be used to make photocopies and laser prints in the library (learn more). Money may be added to your card at the add-value machines located in the library's StudyQuad lab and in the Student Union.
For security purposes, all current Buffalo State students, faculty, and staff must produce a valid Bengal Card for admittance to the library after 11:00 p.m.
Your Bengal Card is your meal debit card for all food services on campus.
Your card can also be used to get snacks and beverages from campus vending machines.
Your first Bengal ID Card is free of charge. Replacements cost $15.00 (Note: non-functioning cards may be returned for a free replacement). You must pay for your replacement ID before or at the time of receipt*. You may pay online for the replacement. All orders are final, so once you order a replacement, even if you then find your old card, you must still pay $15, so be sure it's really lost!
If your Bengal Card or CRAM Pass is confiscated for illegal use, it will be destroyed, and if eligible, you may purchase a new Bengal Card or CRAM Pass.
**Faculty and staff replacement fees are used as a donation to buy books but are not required.