Getting started

Your essential first ID is called a PID, shortened from “personal identifier.” It is a string of characters that should be memorable to you, but not necessarily obvious to others. You will have an opportunity to personalize email addresses (see eCommunications section).

To generate a PID, login to the PIDGen application. You will need to enter your 9-digit university ID number.

Once you have your PID, you may create IDs for other systems using the same character string as your PID:

  • VT Google Apps for Education account
  • Hokies accounts provides access to Exchange and other Microsoft-based services
  • Network ID is required to access the university’s wireless network, including eduroam service
  • Request Banner ID and access (

More information

Passwords are the key to your login credentials. Passwords must meet standards of length and include different types of characters—upper and lower case letters, numerals, and special characters.

  • Set your password recovery options in My VT in case you forget your PID password.
  • Do NOT share your password with other persons. If you need to delegate a task, inquire how to do that (
  • Change your password anytime you suspect that someone else may have learned your password.
  • Phishing attacks are increasingly believable. Virginia Tech will never ask for your password via email.

Coming soon:

To combat the increasing number and sophistication of computer- and network-related threats that try to collect a user’s password, Virginia Tech will increase its adoption of two-factor authentication (2FA). 2FA adds “something you have,” to the long-time use of a password (something you know).

You can track progress on the University 2-Factor Authentication website.

For information technology professionals

PIDs are the basis for identity management, and therefore for authentication and authorization to services and data. Information Technology’s core system for identity management is the Enterprise Directory system (ED). Individuals may be authorized within this system through affiliations or through groups. Other attributes may be used if you use an ED Service. One of the key affiliations is vt-active-member, an affiliation that includes all enrolled students and all active employees. See the complete list on the Identity Management Services website.

Sponsored PIDs are reserved for people who are otherwise not eligible for a PID but who need to interact with a department’s authenticated access to resources.

The ED-ID directory allows applications programmatic access to authorization and personalization data. ED-ID Services are privileged accounts and require an application process.

Virginia Tech also maintains a centralized Active Directory in the Windows environment. This directory stores information about computer accounts, user accounts, and more. See

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