StarID - Identity and Access Management - Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

StarID Help and Frequently Asked Questions

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Questions and Answers


What is a StarID?
The StarID is a username with the goal of replacing your many login IDs with one ID, one password, everywhere. Once you activate it, you can use your StarID and password anywhere that accepts StarID. It is unique across the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, so you can use it at more than one school. Change your password in one place — — and it will change everywhere.

See About StarID for more information.

Who is eligible for a StarID?
All current students, faculty, and staff of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system are eligible for a StarID and can activate one now. Colleges and universities are introducing students to StarID as they convert systems to use it.

If your college or university asks you to log into an IT system with a StarID, you can activate it here.

What can I do with my StarID?
Each college and university can enable access to their individual IT systems with StarID. The most common of these systems include; student and employee email, campus computers and printers, Desire2Lean (D2L) and eServices.

Check with Information Technology Services at your college or university to learn which of their IT systems have been enabled to use StarID.

Many systemwide IT systems accept a StarID wherever the system is used. Here are a few:

  • ISRS / eServices - All ISRS administrative web applications and Uniface are configured to use StarID for login. Student-facing applications (eServices) accept StarID but do not yet require it. A project is underway to require StarID for all ISRS applications.
  • MediaSpace - a cloud-based web service for conversion and distribution of audio and video.
  • MnSCU Connect - a systemwide SharePoint for cross-institution collaboration.
  • Program Navigator - the Program Navigator system is used to create and redesign academic programs and enter them into Program Inventory and ISRS.
  • CEMRS - Classroom, Event Management, and Resource Scheduling.
Can I get a new StarID?
The StarID is random and computer-generated, so we cannot control what it will be, and it cannot be changed. We understand that at first it might seem hard to remember, but experience has shown that once they start using it regularly, most people have no problems remembering their StarID. And it's okay to write it down!
Do StarIDs expire?
No, once you are assigned a StarID, you can use it for life.

Sometimes, though, we find that someone has duplicate records in our student or HR systems (ISRS). When the duplicates are found and both the records have a StarID, we keep one StarID and decommission the other. A StarID is never reassigned to someone else.

StarID Self Service


How do I change my password?
If you know your password, to change it follow these instructions:
  1. Visit the web site ""
  2. Select the "StarID Self Service" link, then select "Change Password"
  3. Login to the StarID Self Service Login page with your current StarID password
  4. Enter your old password and new password into the text boxes.
  5. Select the "Apply" button in the "Change Password" section.
How do I know when my StarID password will expire?
The StarID system sends email to your preferred email address 21 days, 7 days, and 1 day before your password expires.
My password has expired.
You may reset your password by following the expired password or forgot password link at StarID Self Service.
What are the password requirements?
The password complexity requirement associated with the StarID complies with the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities password security guideline. Passwords must meet or exceed these criteria:
  • Changed at least every 180 days.
  • Between 8 and 128 characters long.
  • Use at least 3 of these types of characters: uppercase, lowercase, numbers, special characters.
  • May not have been used before.
  • May not contain your first name or last name if they are longer than 2 characters.

Special characters include characters like these: !@#$%^&*()_+=-`{}[]|\:";'<>,.?/

Would you like a password tip to help create a complex password you can remember?
Using a passphrase is a good way to create a complex password that you can remember without writing down. Statements about us are easier to remember than a random string of characters and you can recite the passphrase to yourself while typing in your password.

Use these steps to create a strong password.

  1. Think of a sentence you can remember. For example, something about yourself or a line from a favorite song or movie: "O'er the ramparts we watched." Choose something a friend wouldn't guess.
  2. Use the sentence directly if you can. Many of us are used to typing sentences and are less likely to make mistakes. If you've picked a good sentence that you can remember and type easily, you're done!
  3. If you can't use the sentence directly, add complexity. "O'er the ramparts we watched" is a good start: it has both upper and lowercase letters, spaces and punctuation, but it does not contain numbers. Replace a letter with a number, add a few more uppercase letters, and throw in some punctuation: "0'er the Ramparts We Watched..." Now it meets system password complexity guidelines. If you can remember and type that sentence easily, you're done!
  4. If you want a shorter password, convert the sentence to a password. Use the first letter of each word to create "0tRWW..." At 8 characters, that barely meets the guidelines. Remember, though, that longer passwords are stronger: "0'erTheRam..." or "0'er,,,TheRWW..."

For your privacy and security, create a password you can remember and don't share or write it down!


The StarID system gets its list of email addresses from ISRS. Any email address created by your college or university or a personal email on your ISRS account will appear on your StarID profile. Changes in ISRS are reflected on your StarID profile within a day.

What is a preferred email address?
We send you an email notice when your password changes or is about to expire. Rather than send a notice to every email address on your profile, we use just your preferred email. If you have only one address on your StarID profile, that is your preferred email. If you have more than one, you can log into Manage Profile to update it.
My personal email address
You can use a personal email address to obtain a verification code. This code can then be used to verify your identity with StarID self-service functions like activating a StarID or resetting a forgotten password.

Students, this must be the personal email address on your eServices account. Talk to Student Services or log into your eServices account from your school's web site to update your personal email address.

Guests, if you are not an employee and need a StarID for access to an ISRS administrative web application, you must use the personal or work email address that you provided for setup with your ISRS account.

Employees may use the personal email address option to obtain a verification code, so long as the email address is on record in ISRS and the StarID system, and the they don't need to use StarID to access the email account.

Why does my personal email address need to be unique?
If you've received an IAM-G008 error when trying to activate your StarID or reset a password with an email address, it's either because we don't have that email address in our system or because there are two records in the StarID system that are associated with that email address. To look up a StarID account with an email address, only one StarID can have that email. To fix this problem, your Human Resources or student records office can update your email address in the HR or student record system (ISRS).
The email address on my account is wrong
Employees, contact your Human Resources office to ask that your email address be updated in ISRS. The change will be on your StarID profile within one hour.

Students, contact support staff at your school if you believe that an email address assigned by your school is wrong. Talk to Student Services or log into your eServices account from your school's web site to update your personal email address. The change will be on your StarID profile within one hour.

An old email address I never use appears on my StarID profile
As long as your preferred email address is correct, you may leave the old one on your profile. If you would like to have an old email address removed from the system, you can contact the office responsible for maintaining employee or student records at the college or university where the email address was issued.

Information Required

What's my Tech ID (also known as Employee ID or Student ID)?
Your Tech ID (sometimes referred to as 'employee ID' or 'student ID') is an eight-digit number that identifies a person’s record in ISRS, the main record system used by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. The school's HR office can provide employees with their Tech ID. Students can get their Tech ID from student support staff at their school.
What's my state employee number?
Your state employee number is an eight-digit number that identifies your record in the State of Minnesota payroll system. Your Human Resources office can provide you with your state employee number if you do not know it.
Why do you need my Social Security number?
We don't. To activate your StarID or reset your password, we require that you verify your identity. This can be done with one of the following:
  • Tech ID, state employee ID, or library card barcode. One of these alone is not enough to verify identity, so we combine them with SSN to identify you.
  • A verification code sent to an email address. It does not need to be a personal email address, though using a college or university email address that requires StarID to log in defeats the point. :-)
  • A verification code generated by IT support staff on campus.

As you can see, not all options require an SSN. If you choose not to use your SSN for this purpose and are unable to use an email address, see information technology support for assistance.

Having trouble with your Social Security number?
Some StarID self service options ask for your Social Security number (SSN). If you provide your SSN and the system responds with the message, "We cannot locate a person that matches the information you have provided" it means one of the following things:
  • the number entered does not match the SSN on your ISRS record;
  • the number entered is correct but the ISRS system does not have your SSN on record;
  • something else that you entered does not match ISRS records (e.g. the Tech ID or Library Card Barcode entered was not assigned by the institution selected).
What's my library card barcode?
Your library card barcode is a 14-digit number that is associated with your record in the library record system. It is commonly printed on a campus ID card or printed on an adhesive label that is attached to a library card.

Verification Codes

What's a verification code?
A verification code is a case-sensitive string of letters and numbers that is temporarily associated with your StarID. The code can be used to verify your identity if you have forgotten your StarID and/or StarID password. You can obtain a verification code by first selecting the 'Personal Email' option. The StarID system will verify that an email address that you enter is on record in the system and then use it to send you a verification code. A verification code automatically expires in one hour and can be used only once.
What's my last name?
You probably know your last name, but it is worth noting that the StarID system will only recognize the last name that is on record for you in the ISRS system. For employees, this is the last name setup for you in ISRS HR and Payroll systems. For students, this is the last name associated with your Student eServices account.
Does it matter which institution I choose?
When you use a Tech ID or Library Card Barcode to verify your identity, you must also choose the institution that assigned it to you. When you use your State Employee Number, you must choose the institution where you are employed. The system cannot verify your identity if you choose an institution that is not associated with ID or number that you provide.
What is my relationship with Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (employee, student or guest)?
Employee. You must be an employee as defined by your local Human Resources Office. This means that you are an employee of the State of Minnesota and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. If you work for a vendor or contractor of the institution, you are not classified as a Minnesota State Colleges and Universities employee.

Student. A student is anyone admitted to a school that is part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system or who is enrolled in a course at one of these schools.

Guests. Someone who is not an employee or student who has been authorized for a StarID.

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