An MIT ID is a digital or physical credential enabling community members to authenticate themselves to card readers on and off campus.
Benefits and key features
A digital or physical MIT ID may be used to:
- Access campus buildings and parking locations
- Use self-service accessory vending machines on campus
- Use Pharos printers
- Activate and use TechCASH anywhere it is accepted
- Students, faculty, staff: MIT Kerberos account
- Affiliates: Sponsored guest Kerberos account
- Alumni: MIT Infinite Connection account
- Visitors: Tim Ticket invitation from an MIT community member
Note: MIT IDs are assigned specifically to one person for use, and should not be shared with others.
Getting an MIT ID
Community members with an active MIT Kerberos account can use the MIT Atlas mobile application for iOS or Android to enable their digital MIT ID on their Apple iOS, Apple watchOS, or Android mobile devices:
- Install the MIT Atlas app.
- Log in through Touchstone using your Kerberos username and password.
- Select the MIT ID feature, and follow the guided steps to create your digital MIT ID and print a physical MIT ID card if desired.
Note that some of the Access MIT Pass benefits may require a physical MIT ID card.
Students, campus residents, faculty, and staff
Registering your MIT Kerberos account during your onboarding process establishes your digital identity in MIT's systems. Once your Kerberos account registration is complete, you can activate your digital MIT ID and obtain a physical card if needed.
Department/Lab/Center (DLC)-sponsored affiliates
If you are not a current student or employee and have been invited by an MIT DLC to do work affiliated with the Institute, an MIT faculty or staff member must sponsor a guest Kerberos account for you to establish your digital identity in MIT's systems. Once your Kerberos account registration is complete, you can activate your digital MIT ID and obtain a physical card if needed.
Spouses and partners of students or employees who do not reside on campus
MIT students and employees may sponsor a guest Kerberos account for their spouse or partner to establish their digital identity in MIT's systems Once registered, the spouse or partner may activate their digital MIT ID and obtain a physical card if needed.
MIT alumni can sign up for a digital MIT ID and optional physical card for ongoing access to MIT’s non-residential buildings and facilities on campus.
Contact the Atlas Service Center to request an MIT ID card.
- Optional: Print a physical MIT ID card
- Changing your name on your MIT ID
- MIT ID FAQ in the Knowledge Base
If you need assistance enabling, printing, or using your MIT ID, contact the Service Desk.