Access to Yale Systems

When your appointment has been fully processed, you be notified by OVEF staff that your NetID is ready to be activated. Your NetID is your username for all electronic systems at Yale.


Your Yale NetID and password grant access to the campus network and many University systems, such as email, library resources, wifi, secure access through the virtual private network (VPN), and the course management systems. Prior to the start date of your appointment, you will receive an email from OVEF staff with a pin code to access your NetID. Once you receive the pin code, you can activate your NetID and select a personalized password.

Access to all other systems will be available between 2-4 business days from activation of the NetID.


If your appointment date is longer than one-month, you will be provided with a Yale email account. Instructions on how to access that account will be provided as your appointment date nears.

DUO Mobile

Yale automatically creates your account at DUO Security, Yale’s multifactor authentication (MFA) provider, when your Yale affiliation is established. MFA adds a step to the log-in process used to access some of Yale’s resources by requiring you to prove your identity by responding to a prompt on an enrolled mobile device, landline, tablet, or token. You will receive an email to your Yale email account with instructions on how to enroll devices. If you need to add or change devices, follow these instructions. 

Yale ID Card

After arriving, you will visit the Yale ID Center, located at 57 Lock Street, 1st Floor. In order to obtain your ID, you will need to present a valid government-issued photo ID and be prepared to have your photo taken. Once you receive your ID card, please notify Gregg Lauer ( so that your Yale ID card may be activated to grant you 24/7 access to your office building.

This ID card will serve as your building access, your library card, provide you access to the free Yale shuttles, as well as discounted or free entrance to Yale’s museums.  

If interested in obtaining a spouse ID, please review this information on the necessary document(s) and contact to initiate the request.