Millersville Upgrades IDs

Faculty, staff and students,

Millersville University has announced a program to upgrade photo IDs for students, faculty and staff. The University, like colleges across the state, is working on a method to make their student IDs comply with new voter registration laws in advance of the fall elections. The new law requires voters to have a photo identification card when they are voting. The card must have an expiration date, a piece of information lacking on current Millersville University ID cards.

While University officials were grappling with how to comply with the new law, they realized that IDs issued by Millersville University more than four years ago to faculty staff and students, have social security numbers embedded on the magnetic stripe on the back. IDs issued within the last four years do not include the social security numbers as part of the information on the mag stripe.

“Our plan is to upgrade IDs, adding a sticker with an expiration date to comply with the new law and swiping the cards through a scanner to eliminate the social security numbers from the mag stripe,” explained Ken Dearstyne, associate vice president of finance and administration. “There will not be a charge to faculty, staff or students for adding the stickers or eliminating the social security number.”

If you need an expiration sticker and/or your card swiped, please bring your ID next week for upgrading at the following times and locations – no appointment necessary:

Wednesday, May 2 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Caputo, Adams House, Dilworth – Conference Room and Boyer ID office.

Thursday, May 3 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at SMC, Adams House, Stayer and Boyer ID office.

Friday, May 4 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at McComsey, Adams House, Lyle and Boyer ID office.

“It is cheaper to rescan the cards and add stickers, rather than printing new IDs for everyone,” said Veronica Longenecker, assistant vice president of information technologies. “It will take a few months to reprogram the ID card to include the expiration date directly on the card and we did not want to wait that long, so we are taking a two-phase approach. Phase one is to recode the cards and add stickers, phase two will be to reprint ID cards with expiration dates.”

For more information, please contact Ken Dearstyne at or Veronica Longenecker at

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