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Purchase Badges

Do you want to attend Comic-Con 2017? It's never too early to start planning! To attend Comic-Con 2017 you will need to purchase a badge during one of our two badge sales: Returning Registration or Open Registration.
For information on how to purchase a badge, please find your category below - Returning Attendee, First Time Attendee, or Child Attendee -  and follow the instructions provided. We encourage you to stay on top of all badge sale and registration announcements by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Toucan the official blog of Comic-Con and WonderCon.

Comic-Con Returning Attendees


Did you attend Comic-Con 2016 as a paid attendee? If yes, you may be eligible to participate in Comic-Con 2017 Returning Registration! 

Returning Registration for Comic-Con 2017 will occur sometime in early 2017. Only those that purchased a Comic-Con 2016 attendee badge are eligible to participate in Returning Registration. You will not need to validate your Comic-Con 2016 badge number to participate. You can buy badges for up to three people – yourself included – during Returning Registration. Each person must have their own Comic-Con Member ID and must be eligible to participate in Returning Registration. You may not purchase badges for others using your own Member ID. Please check your Comic-Con Member ID account frequently for updates on Returning Registration or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Toucan the official blog of Comic-Con and WonderCon for important registration announcements.  

If you attended Comic-Con 2016 as a child, but are now age 13 or older, please click here for important information on how to qualify for Comic-Con 2017 Returning Registration! The deadline to complete the child-to-junior verification process is November 15, 2016.  

First time attendees, professionals, guests of professionals, trade professionals, exhibitors (and exhibitor-purchased attendee badges), volunteers, staff, complimentary passes, and retailers are not be eligible to participate in 2017 Returning Registration for attendees. Online registration for these categories will occur at a later date. 


If you did not attend Comic-Con 2016, you may participate in Open Registration shortly after Returning Registration is complete. To participate in Comic-Con 2017 Open Registration, you must have a valid and confirmed Comic-Con Member ID. Click Here to sign up for a Comic-Con Member ID today! The Member ID system will close - without notification - in advance of all badge sale events, so it is very important that you sign up as soon as possible. Once it is closed, no new Member ID accounts may be created until after Open Registration is complete. Please keep in mind that not all badges are sold during Returning Registration. There will be badges available during Open Registration.

*IMPORTANT* If you plan to purchase a badge for a friend, child, spouse, or family member, each person must have their own unique Comic-Con Member ID. You may not purchase a badge for another person using your own Comic-Con Member ID. Make sure to tell your friends and family to sign up today!

For more information on Comic-Con badge sales, please read our Badge Purchase FAQ


Comic-Con is proud to offer one of the most generous free child badge policies in the comic convention industry! Children age 12 and under may attend Comic-Con 2017 for free with a paying adult. 

Did your child attend Comic-Con 2017 and would like to participate in 2017 Returning Registration now that they are junior (age 13 - 17) attendees? Comic-Con has made special accommodations to allow your junior to be eligible for Returning Registration! CLICK HERE for information on how to validate your child’s Comic-Con 2016 badge number. The child-to-junior validation process must be completed before November 15, 2016.



Everyone, age 13 and older, that wants to attend Comic-Con International, must have a valid and confirmed Comic-Con Member ID.

To prevent scalping, badges for Comic-Con are non-transferable. Each badge features a unique barcode registered to the badge holder. Security checks will be performed to ensure that only the person on the badge is admitted to the event.

If you plan to buy badges for other people, they each need to have their own Comic-Con Member ID and you will need their last name and Member ID in order to purchase badges on their behalf.

Resale of badges is strictly prohibited and will result in the cancellation of your purchase.

  • As part of Comic-Con’s commitment to eradicate badge scalping, Comic-Con permits the purchase of a maximum of one badge type per person. Any duplicate orders will be automatically cancelled. In the instance of a duplicate order being cancelled, the purchaser will be refunded less a 10% processing fee.

Click here to register for a Comic-Con Member ID.

You will need to provide basic contact details when you register for a Member ID. Registration will be temporarily suspended - without notification - before and during badge sales so please register well in advance.

Member ID registration is free and only takes a few minutes. 

You will receive an email confirmation when your registration is complete. If you do not receive an email confirmation within 48 hours of registering, please check your spam folder. Your Comic-Con Member ID is not eligible to participate in badge sales until you have confirmed your email account. 

Your chance of buying badges is not influenced in any way by the information you provide during registration. Registration does not reserve or guarantee you a badge.

Duplicate Member ID registrations will be automatically cancelled. If badges were already purchased by the member, they will also be automatically cancelled less a 10% processing fee. 


Please check your Member ID account well in advance of any badge sale. After you log in to your account, select the “Registration Info” tab for your personalized badge sale information.

If you registered and confirmed a Member ID previously, your Member ID will still be valid and you do not need to register again.

If your address or email has changed since you registered, you can edit your information by selecting the “Address/Phone” or “Email” option.

If you no longer have access to the email account which you originally used to register, you will need to contact Comic-Con directly to update your email address. If in any doubt, please contact Comic-Con well in advance of any badge sale.


Data collected during registration is retained by Comic-Con International to enable you to purchase badges for future Comic-Con events. Retained information will also be used to inform you of events run by Comic-Con International. You may customize your opt-out preferences by logging in to your Member ID account and selecting the "OPT-OUTS" feature.


Comic-Con accepts Visa, American Express, and MasterCard only. We cannot accept PayPal.

Do not buy badges from street traders and unauthorized agencies. Badges are security printed and are personal to the badge holder only. Any attempt to transfer or resell badges will lead to automatic refusal at the entrance. Beware of forgeries.


Children age 12 and under may not register for a Comic-Con Member ID. For more information, please review our child badge policy. 


Please note there are no separate disabled badge sales. If you are planning to attend Comic-Con and are disabled, you must purchase your badge online as described above. Everyone planning to buy a Comic-Con badge needs to register for a Member ID and purchase their badge online. For additional information on Deaf and Disabled Services, please click here.


All international badge buyers must register in the same manner as United States attendees. International badge purchases can only be made using Visa, MasterCard, or American Express.


Comic-Con does not reserve group bookings. If you are planning to celebrate a special event at Comic-Con, everyone in your group needs to register for a Member ID and purchase badges in the same manner as all attendees.


Every badge holder will be required to present a valid photo ID when they arrive. Security checks may be made at other locations within the San Diego Convention Center. If you are not the person whose name is printed on the badge you will be denied entry and your badge may be revoked. Please make sure that the name on your badge matches your photo ID. 


For information on badge refunds/cancellations, please click here

All refunds will be subject to a 10% processing fee.

Comic-Con badges are non-transferable and may not be exchanged.

Please keep your badge safe and secure at all times. Lost badges may be replaced for a nominal fee onsite at the Attendee Badge Solutions Desk.