Purdue offers five-day free upgrade of student ID cards

Earlier this year, election officials raised concerns that Purdue student IDs weren't legal identification at the polls, because they don't have an expiration date. Now they do.

Posted: Sep 20, 2019 6:43 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Purdue has announced its solution to some student ID concerns that could effect students looking to vote.

The university has approved a five-day "fee holiday" in October, where students can trade in their current IDs for free. 

Earlier this year, election officials raised concerns that Purdue student IDs weren't legal identification at the polls, because they don't have an expiration date.

The new IDs do have an expiration date, but some people were concerned the $10 replacement fee would amount to a poll tax.

“While Purdue does not issue identification cards for voting purposes, we understand there is a strong interest in the community for greater access to our new designs,” said Tim Riley, the university’s bursar. “We want to be helpful to our students in every way we responsibly can.”

Purdue provides the first ID card for free, while replacements cost $25. After the grace week, students will still be able to trade in their existing ID cards for an updated version at the reduced cost of $10. Purdue said the fee covers the administrative and material expenses of developing, programming and printing a new card.

The fee holiday will run from Oct. 21 - 25 of this year.

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