The University of Delaware ID Card Office is in the final stages of distribution for the ONEcard, the university’s new contactless ID card.
In an official university release, the first signs of the changeover will see the oldest version of the UD ID card – the UD#1Card — phased out at the end of 2015.
Any member of the university community who is still carrying a UD#1Card must report to the ID Card Office prior to the end of the year to replace the old credential. The UD#1Cards will become invalid and will stop working effective December 31.
Delaware will also have an intermediate version of the UD ID card, in the form of the i-Card. These cards will continue to work until June 30, 2016, at which time they will be discontinued, as well. Those carrying an i-Card can visit the ID Card office at any time prior to the June 30 deadline to upgrade to the contactless ONEcard.
The ONEcard has thus far received positive feedback, and contactless functionality is now available at turnstiles in the university’s Carpenter Sports Building which stages various athletic events, gated parking facilities, residential dining halls, laundry rooms and door-access in many campus buildings.
New and expanded contactless applications are in the planning stages now, and will be rolled out over the coming months and years. The ONEcard is the official University of Delaware ID card, and it will replace all current and older versions of the ID card.
The ONEcard and the changeover will continue to incorporate the traditional magnetic stripe in the near term for locations and services that have not yet been converted to contactless. Dining meal plans, FLEX declining balance accounts, parking, gym access and other vital services will be immediately updated on the new ONEcard at the time of issuance.