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FAQ for Students

What is the KIT-Card?

The KIT-Card is a multifunctional RFID card for members of KIT. Students use the KIT-Card as student ID card and for many electronic services at KIT.

Who gets a KIT-Card?

Every student at KIT gets a KIT-Card as student ID.

I have changed my field of study. What do I have to do?

Since the  field of studyt is printed on your KIT Card, you will need a new KIT Card. You can get it at the information desk of the KIT library. Be sure to bring your old card with you. If you no longer have an old card, print out a certificate of enrolment and present it together with your identity card. If you have credit for the Mensa on your old card, you can transfer it to the new card on site.

What can I do with my KIT-Card?

The KIT-Card offers many different services.

Public transportation

Students at KIT can use local public transport with their KIT-Card plus an extra certificate from the local transport network operator KVV. With those two documents, students can also buy a Studikarte, a price-reduced ticket for each term (6 months).

Cashless payment

You can use the KIT-Card for cashless payments at the canteens and cafeterias of KIT (Campus North and Campus South) and many other canteens operated by the Studierendenwerk Karlsruhe. You can top up the credit at one of the many terminals in the canteens' entrance halls.

For automatic top-up, you can register for Autoload. For further information, please visit the website of Studierendenwerk Karlsruhe.

KIT Library services

The KIT-Card can be used as library card. With a KIT-Card registered at the Library, you can borrow books, use the library's lockers, and the machine for interlibrary loan. For more information, please contact the KIT Library.

Access to Campus North

The employee ID card authorizes the cardholder to enter Campus North. For specific access to buildings, please see "Electronic access control".

Electronic access control

The access to buildings is controlled mainly by an electronic locking system. To apply for access, please contact those responsible: https://www.fm.kit.edu/1031.php

How do I get my KIT-Card?

You must pick up your KIT Card personally. Postal sending is not possible. You will be informed by e-mail if the card is already available for collection. The prerequisite for the production of the KIT-Card is the uplöoad of a portrait photo. This must be uploaded at https://my.scc.kit.edu/shib/kitcard.php . You will receive the account required for access as part of your enrolment. Please bring either your old KIT-Card or, if you did not yet have a KIT-Card or it has been lost, your identity card with you to pick up your KIT-Card.

You can pick up your KIT-Card at the registration desk on Campus South.

What do I need to get a KIT-Card?

To produce a KIT-Card, we need a photograph of the cardholder. You can either upload a photograph in the Self Service Portal (https://my.scc.kit.edu/shib/kitcard.php) or a photograph will be taken at one of the registration desks. For authentification, you will need to bring along your passport or ID. When a KIT-Card has to be exchanged, please bring along and give back your old card.

What ist the validity of the KIT-Card and what can I do after the expiry of the card?

The maximum validity is 5 years, if it is not limited by your contract duration.
A new KIT-Card will be created when the validity expires, renewals are not possible. Make sure you have uploaded a picture of yourself at https://my.scc.kit.edu/. Once your card has been produced, you will be notified by e-mail when and where your KIT Card is ready for collection. Please bring either your old KIT-Card or, if lost, your identity card with you to pick up your KIT-Card.

What can I do, if I have lost my KIT-Card?

Please contact one of the registration desks. In case of loss/defect of the KIT-Card costs of 15 Euro will be charged.

You must also report the loss to the KIT Library in order to have the KIT-Card blocked for library services.
If you also use your KIT-Card as an ID card of the Stadtbibliothek Karlsruhe or the Badische Landesbibliothek, report the loss there as well.

If you have credit on your KIT-Card, you can apply for a refund at the Studierendenwerk Karlsruhe. To do this, you need the wallet number. It can be found with old cards on the printout that was handed to you when the card was issued or was contained in the letter in which the KIT-Card was sent to you. With the new KIT-Card, you can check the wallet number on the SCC portal: https://my.scc.kit.edu

What can I do, if my KIT-Card doesn't work anymore?

Please contact one of the registration desks.
If you have a credit on your defective card, you can submit an application for repayment to the Studierendenwerk Karlsruhe here. You will need the card-number and wallet-number. You can look up these numbers in the SCC portal: https://my.scc.kit.edu/shib/accountinformationen.php
After a new card has been issued to you, you will no longer be able to look up the numbers of the defective/old card in the SCC portal.

What do I have to do myself to get my KIT card?

You have to upload a picture at https://my.scc.kit.edu/shib/kitcard.php where you can be easily recognized. Then you can sit back and relax. We'll do the rest for you. You will receive an e-mail when the card is ready for collection and where you can collect it.

What do I have to keep in mind when uploading a photograph?

The photograph should have a minimum resolution of 260 x 346 pixels. When you scan a photograph, the scan should have a minimum resolution of 600 dpi. The photo size should be at a 3x4 ratio.

Does the photograph need to be a biometric passport photo?

No, it does not have to be a biometric passport photo. It is only required that it shows you and no other persons and it has to meet certain quality requirements. Those will be checked when uploading the photo in the Self Service Portal.

If the picture does not represent you, but another person, or if the picture is changed in any other way (so-called fun pictures), the ID card will not be issued, and a new ID card must be produced at your expense. The cost for this is 15 €.

I don't have a photo right now. Can I take the portrait photo with my phone?

Yes, go to your my.scc page in the browser of your mobile phone. Log in and select "Upload" in the menu with the three bars. After that you get the choice to choose a picture or take one directly on most mobile phones. You can take the picture with your phone's selfie camera. After the recording is finished, it is usually uploaded automatically. Make sure, however, that you are clearly visible on the photo.

I see my photo on my.scc page. Do I have to confirm again?

No, if you see the photo on your my.scc page, it is successfully uploaded and can be used for the production process.

I still have to upload my photo, but I can't log in.

You can find your account data on the applicant portal at https://campus5.kit.edu. Log in with your e-mail address and password. After successful login, click on your application on the homepage of the applicant portal to access the detailed view of the application. You will find the downloadable documents for the application in the "Dokumente Studienbüro " section. Download the document you want by selecting the checkbox on the document you want to download and clicking the "Download" button at the top of the page.

Where do I get my KIT-Card?

At the beginning of the (winter) semester, special counters are set up in the Studentenhaus, otherwise you can pick it up at the regular registration desk. If you have received the mail for collection, come to this location during opening hours (mentioned in the mail) and collect your card there. Please do not come over until you have received the e-mail; there is no KIT card ready for you before that. Please bring your ID card, passport or residence permit.