How To Use Your OneCard


Your OneCard has two magstripes on the back of it and a contactless chip embedded within the card. It is important that you do not punch a hole into your card or misuse your card in a way that will damage the magstripes or the chip.

Mastercard® - Narrow Black Magstripe

The thin narrow black magstripe is a deactivated magstripe that is no longer used by the college. If you have questions about the old Mastercard process, please contact one of the ID Center locations.

On-Campus Accounts - Thick Black Magstripe

The thick black magstripe gains you access to your Bruin Bucks account, which can be used at all Bookstore and Quick stops, Printing Services (Copy Center), Testing Services, and Mail Service locations. The OneCard is also used at open computer labs (printing only), Library locations, events on campus, and the workout area of the LAC. Functionality through the black magstripe will continue to work as long as you are a current student, faculty or staff, even if the expiration on the face of the card has passed. Learn more about your campus funds for use on campus.

Contactless Chip

Bruin Tap and GoYour OneCard has an embedded Mifare DESFire contactless chip that is encoded to use on campus at locations that allow you to pay for things with your Bruin Bucks simply by tapping the reader.  Look for this symbol on contactless readers by the register to tap and go.

The OneCard can also be your UTA bus pass. You will use the embedded chip as well for this service.  It is important that you do not punch a hole into your card or misuse your card in a way that could potentially damage the chip.