ID Card Operations

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ID Card Office

Oakland Center, Room 149
312 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(location map)
(248) 370-2291

ID Card Office

Oakland Center, Room 149
312 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(location map)
(248) 370-2291

ID Card Operations

What is a GrizzCard?

Your GrizzCard is required to access meal plans, check out library materials, enter Kresge Library from 12 a.m. to 7 a.m., access the Recreation Center, enter residence halls from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., make copies in the Oakland Center, Kresge Library or the Educational Resources Lab, and for discounts to select campus activities and services.

Your GrizzCard also works as a campus stored-value card when you activate your GrizzCa$h account. GrizzCa$h is accepted at food and other service locations around campus. In addition, you can upgrade to the Grizz Gold Card, which gives you convenient ATM access and Visa debit purchasing power when you open an account with Oakland University Credit Union.

The GrizzCard is the official picture identification card of Oakland University. Think of it as your passport to OU. Whether you are grabbing a bite to eat, checking out a library book, going to the Rec Center or cheering on the Golden Grizzlies, your GrizzCard makes it happen.

GrizzCard Uses Video Transcript

ID Card Office Video

ID Card Office

Don: Welcome to the ID Card Office, home of the GrizzCard, the official ID Card of Oakland University. Whether you are a student, staff, or faculty, the GrizzCard is your passport to Oakland University services.

Bear Lake Bridge

Maggie: Your GrizzCard can be used to access doors, meal plans, the Rec Center, Library, GrizzCa$h, and more! Let’s take a look at the many ways that your GrizzCard can make campus life easier.

Oak View Hall courtyard entrance

Daryl: If you live on campus, your GrizzCard provides access to the Residence Halls, allowing you to enter certain doors and get through Night Watch. [swipes card – reader beeps] You’ll also need your GrizzCard if you decide to board the Bear Bus for an off-campus route.

Hey Brittany, want to go grab a bite to eat?

Brittany: Yeah, sounds great!

Vandenberg Cafeteria

Brittany: If you purchased a campus dining plan, either for your housing or voluntary plan, a swipe of your GrizzCard in the cafeteria will subtract a meal from your board plan. The cafeteria offers a wide variety of all-you-can-eat options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Pioneer Food Court/Subway

Rachel: As part of your meal plan, you may also use your Declining Balance account. Declining balance can be used at any dining center on campus, including the Pioneer Food Court.

Hi! [cashier swipes card] Every time you make a purchase, the amount is subtracted from your declining balance account.

Kerry: You’re all set.

Rachel: Thank you! Fast and easy!

EC Classroom

Adam: Your GrizzCard also provides access to over 200 select buildings, classrooms,offices and labs. You need to have the assigned access, but if you do, the GrizzCard is your key.

O’Dowd Hall OUWB Classroom

Adam: In addition to letting you into the classrooms, your GrizzCard can be used to track attendance for classes. Just swipe your card and your attendance is recorded. 

Kresge Library

Bethany: Do you want to check out a laptop, a book or other materials? Your GrizzCard is also your library card. Use your GrizzCard to check out materials from either the Educational Resources Lab or Kresge Library.

Marie: Need to study around your busy schedule? Kresge Library is open 24 hours, but you must have your GrizzCard!

Bethany: Thanks!

Marie: Yup. 

Rec Center

(Welcome Desk)

Lauren: As long as you are registered for classes, you get free access to the Recreation Center. Use your GrizzCard for access to workout equipment, intramural sports, group fitness classes, and more. [scans card] Thank you!

(Service Desk)

Go to the service desk and use your GrizzCard if you want to check out equipment or sign up for a group exercise class. Today, I think I’ll try yoga. Thank you!


Aaron: Your GrizzCard is your ticket to athletics events on campus. Show your GrizzCard on game day to cheer on your Golden Grizzlies!

GrizzCa$h graphic

Kirstin’s Voiceover: Your GrizzCard can also be used for GrizzCa$h. GrizzCa$h is an on campus account that is available to all cardholders. GrizzCa$h is different from a meal plan because it can be used for more than just food and funds transfer from year to year. To add funds to your account, you can come to the ID Card Office or use one of the value transfer stations.

Einstein’s-Engineering Center

Kirstin: Use GrizzCa$h to conveniently purchase food, coffee, textbooks, apparel, prints, copies, and more. [hands card to cashier] GrizzCa$h please. It’s faster than cash!

OU Bookstore

Taylor: When you use GrizzCa$h to buy textbooks from the OU Bookstore, you can save 5% on your purchase. Discounts do not include price match or rentals, but you can use GrizzCa$h to make any purchase in the bookstore. Thank you. It is so convenient!

Oakland University Credit Union

(in branch)

DaVante: As a member of Oakland University, you have the option to upgrade your GrizzCard to the Grizz Gold Card.


The Grizz Gold Card is a combined ID Card and Debit Card that conveniently allows the card holder to use the all-in-one card both on and off campus.

(in branch)
To get the Grizz Gold Card, simply open an account with the Oakland University Credit Union. A $5 deposit into your Grizzly Saver is all you’ll need to open your account. As a member of the OU Credit Union, you will also receive a Totally Gold Checking account with no monthly fees or minimum balance requirements.
To use your Grizz Gold Card, simply swipe the gold magnetic strip to utilize any campus GrizzCard features or the black magnetic strip to utilize your debit card.

ID Card Office

Don: As you can see, the GrizzCard allows you to take advantage of various services and activities on campus. We assist with over 25,000 office visits, issue over 14,000 cards, including GrizzCards, Grizz Gold Cards, department credential badges and summer camp cards, and we see almost 3 million card swipes a year.

Maggie: The ID Card Office staff is available to assist with all of your GrizzCard needs. Whether you want to get your first GrizzCard, purchase a replacement, deposit GrizzCa$h, or ask any other questions, stop in or give us a call. We also have a variety of card accessories available for purchase and you can even get passport photos taken in the office.

For more information about our services, visit our website.