Activate my StarID : https://starid.minnstate.edu/selfservice/activate

Activate my StarID : https://starid.minnstate.edu/selfservice/activate

The StarID is a username that replaces many login IDs with one ID, one password, everywhere. Once you activate it, you can use your StarID and password anywhere that accepts StarID. Instead of a separate login at each college or university, you can use the same StarID across Minnesota State. Change your password in one place — starid.minnstate.edu — and it will change everywhere.

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The StarID is two letters, four numbers, and two letters, e.g. “ab1234cd”.

Why does StarID look the way it does?

The StarID format consists of two letters followed by four numbers, followed by two letters, such as ab1234cd. The StarID format was selected based on analysis of usernames across all of Minnesota State. Your StarID can be used across all institutions, so using any part of your name, college, university, Tech ID, netID, or D2L username is not possible because these identifiers may be duplicated across institutions and because of increased privacy requirements and laws like FERPA. Even email addresses are assigned and re-assigned at many institutions.

The StarID is never duplicated and never re-assigned. This means that once issued, you can use the same StarID every time you visit a participating institution over the lifetime of your relationship with Minnesota State.Reasons Behind StarID Format

  • Non-name based identifiers will not have to change if a name changes.
  • Non-name based identifiers avoid privacy issues (e.g. FERPAHIPAA).
  • Non-name based identifiers do not have name collision problems. For example, if the identifier jsmith has been assigned to John Smith, but Jackie Smith comes along next month what will Jackie’s identifier be: jsmith1, jasmith?
  • A consistent format prevents the need for “filler” characters that may result in an undesirable identifier.
  • A consistent eight character length facilitates ease of integration with legacy systems. Legacy systems can, generally, accommodate an eight character identifier, but seldom one that is longer than eight characters.
  • An eight character identifier is easier to remember than one that is longer.
  • A consistent, randomly generated, eight character credential will never need to change and can, therefore, be assigned to one person for the entire duration of a person’s affiliation with Minnesota State.

Who has a StarID?

All students, faculty, and staff of Minnesota State system are eligible for a StarID and can activate one now. Applicants are also assigned StarIDs.

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!

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, D2L BrightSpace, 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.

Can I get a different 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.

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.
  • You can save answers to security questions once you have signed in to your StarID profile. Once you save answers, we ask those security questions instead of SSN.
  • 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.

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