Card Features and Personal Data

Data on Front of Card

The front side of the UZH Card comprises a permanent field with personal data (name and date of birth) as well as a rewritable thermal printing field that contains UZH-related information about the card holder. These UZH-related data are updated each time the card is validated. The UZH Card is always delivered with no information on the thermal printing field.

Unvalidated UZH Card (no details printed on thermal printing field)

Front of UZH Card

Personal data

No information
(Thermal printing area)


Validation is required to activate the UZH Card.

Validated UZH Card (details printed on thermal printing field)

UZH Card front side UZH Card front side

Personal data

UZH-related data:
E.g. Degree program, faculty, staff
role, student ID/employee no., ASVZ membership, VSUZH.

Data on Back of Card

The back of the card comprises the signature field (except UZH Access Card), the card number, as well as the barcode for identification in the libraries (except UZH Guest Card and UZH Access Card).

Back of UZH Card

Signature field
Card number (KABA number)

Barcode for libraries



Please sign the UZH Card immediately upon receipt.

Conventions for Names and Titles

Writing of Names

Names are printed on the card in accordance with the corresponding entry in the UZH database. The spelling of names is taken from the official documents (ID, passport, AHV card, marriage certificate, etc.) submitted at the time of joining the University as a student or employee. We cannot consider any special requests for changes to the style of writing names.

Conventions for Titles

Please note: No academic titles (e.g. Prof. Dr., PD Dr., Dr., etc.) are printed on the UZH Card.