Change CalNet Passphrase
This page is for changing your CalNetID
passphrase if you already know it. If you have never set a self-selected
CalNetID (e.g., if your current ID is your employee, student, or affiliate ID), then you
will be required to create a new CalNetID as part of this process.
Your passphrase plays a critical role in authenticating you to online
campus applications. Therefore, not only is it important for you to keep it
secret, but someone else shouldn't be able to guess it easily. See the bottom of this page for the passphrase requirements.
Don't forget your passphrase; you're the only one who knows it! If
you do forget it, you'll need to present identification, including your student or
staff ID, or guest UID, to your authorizing agent to have your passphrase reset:
A CalNet passphrase must meet the following requirements:
- A minimum length of 9 characters (maximum 255). It may also include spaces (which is why we call it a passphrase).
It must contain characters from at least three of the following four character groups:
English uppercase (A through Z)
English lowercase (a through z)
numeric digits (0 through 9)
non-alphanumeric characters (such as !, #, or %)
Without regard to case, the passphrase may not contain your first name, middle name, last name, or your CalNet ID itself if any of these are three characters or longer. (See the document Passwords must meet complexity requirements for the CalNetAD passphrase rules with which all CalNet passphrases also must be compatible.)
Any time you change your passphrase, the new one may not be the same as the current or previous passphrase.
As of Jan 1 2014, the passphrase will need to pass a passphrase dictionary (CrackLib) test. The passphrase dictionary contains common passphrases such as "password1" and "123QAZwsx" as well as words in a standard English Dictionary.