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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Tech ID's, PIN's, and Passwords

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To provide security for logging in to the web system your tech ID and another value are used.  This other value is called your tech ID password.

Tech ID's are eight-digit numbers used to identify people on campus.

Tech ID's appear on MavCards and staff ID cards. They do not change for an individual's entire career at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Oftentimes the tech ID is called the "login ID" since it is used to login to the web system.

Your tech ID password is initially a PIN (Personal Identification Number).  A six-digit number that will be utilized as your tech ID password for a period of time.

Initially, your PIN is set to either:

  • your birth date in the form YYMMDD
    • for example, August 26, 1953 would generate a PIN of 530826
  • the last six digits of your social security number

The first time that you login using your initial PIN, you will be forced to change it to a more secure tech ID password.  The screen will prompt you to follow certain rules to create a tech ID password that will end up containing letters and numbers.  If you have been using a PIN for your tech ID password, you can continue doing so.  If you are new to the system and have never logged in using your initial PIN, you will not be able to continue to use a six-digit number.

Your tech ID password keeps whatever value it has unless:

  • it is one of the initial PIN values
  • you change it (one of the options within the web system)
  • you forget your tech ID password and need to have it reset (it then changes to one of the initial PIN values, which will mean that you will be forced to change it when next you login)

Throughout the web system the terms PIN and tech ID password are used interchangeably, since you could be using a PIN as your tech ID password.

Minnesota State University, Mankato has tailored the entrance to the Minnesota State web system to suit its needs. Thus, people are from time to time asked or shown information about their email address and billing.

There are provisions on the web login page for looking up your Tech ID and/or PIN/tech ID password in case you have forgotten them.

login help

Questions concerning tech ID's and PIN's should be directed to

the Registration Help Center

room:  WA 132; phone:  389-2252