Your Student ID Is Changing March 1, 2003
To All Students
Effective March 1, 2003 Georgia Tech will stop using social
security numbers as your student identification number.
The new student identification number, also known as gtID#,
is a unique 9 digit identifier that will never change throughout
the lifetime of your association with Georgia Tech. Social
Security Numbers will still be collected and used as specified
in the Privacy Act of 1974, but it will not be used as the
key identifier in any system or application at Georgia Tech.
This is a necessary and critical step in reducing the risk
of identity theft for the Georgia Tech community as established
in the Institute’s new Social Security policy.
What does this mean to me?
This means you will need to use your new gtID# to logon
to applications like OSCAR, Housing, Student Elections, and
Parking. To assist with the transition to gtID#, applications
will have a “look up link” so you can look up
your gtID# until you have time to memorize it. (You will
be able to continue logging on to these applications using
your social security number until December 31, 2003.)
What can I do to help protect my student information?
You were assigned a PIN to use for OSCAR registration. Your
PIN is not changing. However, this PIN is like any other
password; you should change it frequently. Date of birth,
gtID#, SSN, or any other obvious piece of information should
never be used as a PIN. After you logon to the secured access
on OSCAR, go to the "Personal Information Menu" and
change your PIN. This is an important step you can take to
help protect your own student information.
Do I need a new BuzzCard?
No, it is not necessary to obtain a new BuzzCard. Your current
card will still be accepted across the campus without any
interruption in service. After March 1, 2003 you will have the
option of obtaining a new BuzzCard at no charge. The new
BuzzCard displays your gtID# on the front of the card. Please
note, you will be required to exchange your current BuzzCard
for the new BuzzCard design, which contains the gtID#.
What is my new gtID#?
After March 1, 2003 you will be able to look up your new gtID#
at http://www.gtid.gatech.edu. Visit this gtID# Information
web site to learn more about the purpose and use of the new
gtID#. Further questions? E-mail