Mobile Credentials

The Mercer University ID Card Known as the Bear Card
is now Exclusively Offered as a Mobile Credential

The Mobile Credential is a combined initiative of the Bear Card Office of the Auxiliary Services Department and Transact Systems that allows your smartphone to take on the traditional functionality of a plastic ID card. 



By default, Mobile Credentials will be activated for all incoming, Students, Staff, and Faculty.


Set-Up Guides Under Drop Down in Start Here for Bear Card Set-Up


Mobile Credentials work on most Smart Phones with NFC technology. 

Apple Devices:

  • iPhone 6s or newer with the most up to date IOS and Icloud Terms 
    • notify office if you have issues with 6s, 7, or 8 models
  • Apple Watch starting with series 1 and most up to date WatchOS

Samsung and Android Devices:

  • Phones must have NFC in phone settings (not app)
    The most recent UI issued.
  • Gpay installed for non-Samsung devices (or Samsung devices not supported by Samsung Wallet)
  • Samsung Wallet installed for those devices that are supported by Samsung Wallet (listed below)
    • Phones compatible for Samsung Wallet:
      • Galaxy S series: 20 and Later
      • Galaxy Note Series: Note 20
      • Galaxy Z Series: Z Flip 5G, Fold 5G, Z Flip 2 and Fold 2 and Later
      • Galaxy A Series: A53
        • this feature may not work with S20 FE 5G models, Galaxy A71 5G, Galaxy Fold, Galaxy Z Flip or any Galaxy Note 10 models.
        • International models are not supported.

Android Wearables are not supported.


Requests for a physical card will be charged a $35.00* fee. This includes replacement, expired, or damaged cards. Enrollment verification and government issued ID is required.
* plus tax and applicable credit/debit card processing fee

You can not have an active mobile credential AND an active physical card.