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Bengal ID Cards


What is a Bengal Card?

As an international student, you will be issued a Bengal Card when you arrive on campus. Bengal Card is the multipurpose photo ID issued to students, faculty, and staff at Buffalo State. Each card has a unique identification number assigned to the cardholder. It is the official ID for the use of campus services and facilities. 

Do Bengal Cards expire?

Bengal ID cards are functional year-to-year. Returning students do not need a new card each academic year. If a card is lost, the $15 replacement card will automatically expire the lost card. If found, lost cards will no longer work, once a replacement has been ordered, and should be discarded. Students, returning to Buffalo State after 3 semesters absence, are considered new students and  should order a new card for free. 

What is my Bengal Card used for?

Your Bengal Card has many important uses:

Library Card

  • Your Bengal Card is used to check out materials and reserve items at Butler Library and can be used to check out materials at all other SUNY libraries.

Printing and Photocopying

  • Your Bengal Card may be used to make photocopies and laser prints in the library (learn more). Money may be added to your card at the add-value machines located in the library's StudyQuad lab and in the Student Union.

Extended Library Hours Bengal Card

  • For security purposes, all current Buffalo State students, faculty, and staff must produce a valid Bengal Card for admittance to the library after 11:00 p.m.

Meal Card

  • Your Bengal Card is your meal debit card for all food services on campus.


  • Your card can also be used to get snacks and beverages from campus vending machines.

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