University Identification Numbers (UINs)

UINs are used to identify persons across the entire U of I System—for all its universities, locations, and programs, forever.  i-card Programs determines what data is needed to generate UINs, and we generate, assign, and maintain them. Our database is the sole store of all UINs. Our Help Desk handles all research and data entry for UIN generation.

UINs are created for one, two, or all three of these reasons:

  • To create an electronic record in University of Illinois records systems.
  • To request a NetID.
  • To request a university ID card.

Who does and doesn't need a UIN

You may already have a UIN.  UINs are generated automatically for many affiliates; see the list on the Who Gets a UIN page.

You don't need a UIN to order transcripts if you never had a UIN. UINs were not issued before 1996. You can order transcripts using your Social Security number instead of a UIN.

Please note: UIN assignment does not authorize or entitle a person to receive any services. Each UIN is the property of the University of Illinois, and the use and governance of UINs are at its discretion, within the parameters of the law.