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Your University of Toronto TCard is a photo ID smartcard which provides identification for academic purposes, student activities and services, facility and a Library access. The TCard also provides users the option to carry cash value in the computer chip, allowing the card to be used to purchase photocopies, computer printing, laundry services, and vending services at select locations on the University of Toronto campuses.

Where and When to Get It?
At this time, TCard Services is not issuing TCards.

Newly admitted students can activate their UTORid (your key to online resources including Quercus and your UofT email account) by submitting a photo online using the MyPhoto system. (This photo will be used for your TCard, when we re-open).

Once a photo is submitted, students can schedule an online appointment with a TCard staff to verify your identity and obtain your UTORid activation passwords using Microsoft Teams video conferencing. To book an appointment, login to the CLNx (Career & Co-Curricular Learning Network) using the JOINid/UTORid and password provided to you at application/registration.  CLNx appointment booking will be available for fall students, beginning on June 1st.

At the Appointment, you will:

  • Be required to show your face via a webcam (for identity purposes);
  • Show your valid physical/hard copy government-issued photo identification/documentation (no photocopies or pictures of ID will be accepted);
  • Have your MyPhoto picture verified and approved;
  • Be provided with UTORid activation instructions for access to online resources, including U of T email, once the verification is completed.

International students at U of T this fall do not need to provide proof of legal status in Canada in order to begin studying online from their home.

When the University re-opens, all students will be required to visit the TCard office in person to obtain a TCard and provide documentation to validate your legal status in Canada.  More information can be found here.
Room 102, main floor
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UTORid and Email

The next step is to activate your UTORid and create University-issued email account.  Visit and click the “activate your UTORid” link under the First Time Users menu. Additional information and instructions will be provided by the TCard office when your TCard is issued.

Be sure to set up the password reset function at under  the Password and Account Management menu.

You will need to record your new UTORmail+ email address on ACORN (

The ‘Policy on Official Correspondence with Students’ states that official university correspondence will be sent only to the University-issued email account.  Students may have their University-issued electronic email account forwarded to another address, but remain responsible for ensuring that all messages sent to the official University-issued account are received and read.  It is important to inform the GDPHS of a change to your email and mailing address and update the information on ACORN.

Note: If you are unable to obtain your TCard and UTORid until September, you may activate your JOINid to gain early access to a number of U of T services.

U of T portal – Quercus

Students must activate their UTORid in order to access the services and course information hosted on the University’s Learning Management System, Quercus.  Login to Quercus at


Students are expected to register, that is pay fees, prior to the commencement of their program and at the beginning of each subsequent academic year (in September) until all program requirements are completed.  It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that they are registered by the registration deadline.

The deadline to register for the Fall 2020 session is Friday, September 11th.  Logon to ACORN to review and print your invoice.  Fee payments are made at your financial institution.  Your payment should amount to at least the ‘Minimum Payment to Register’ as indicated on your invoice.  We recommend that you make your payment at least 10 days prior to the registration deadline (by Friday, August 28th) to allow time for the payment to be received and processed by the university.

Students receiving major scholarships and/or OSAP may register without payment in ACORN (see Introducing ACORN).