Purchase Badges

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Do you want to attend Comic-Con 2016? It's never too early to start planning! To attend Comic-Con 2016 you will need to purchase a badge during one of our two badge sales: Attendee Preregistration 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, and Toucan the official blog of Comic-Con and WonderCon.


Comic-Con Returning Attendees

Comic-Con 2016 Attendee Preregistration is now closed. If you were unable to purchase your desired badge type, you may be able to participate in Open Registration in early 2016. We thank all of your for your patronage and support!

If you did not attend Comic-Con 2015, you may participate in Open Registration in 2016. Only a fraction of Comic-Con 2016 badges are sold during Attendee Preregistration. To participate in Comic-Con 2016 Open Registration, you must have a valid and confirmed Comic-Con Member ID. To sign up for a Comic-Con Member ID today, CLICK HERE. 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. 

*IMPORTANT* If you intend to purchase a Comic-Con International badge you must have a valid and confirmed Comic-Con Member ID. 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, 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 2016 for free with a paying adult. 



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

Badges will be sold online exclusively through EPIC Registration.

You may purchase badges for up to 3 people - yourself included - during online badge sales.

Attempting to purchase badges online using multiple browser tabs can confuse the badge sales process and cause your transaction to fail. Only use one browser tab when trying to purchase badges, in order to avoid technical difficulties with your transaction. We do not recommend that you use private browsing mode during your purchase.

To prevent scalping, badges for Comic-Con are non-transferable. 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.


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 of charge and only takes a few minutes. Once you register for a Member ID you will not have to register again in subsequent years.

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

Duplicate Member ID registrations will be automatically cancelled.


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

If you registered previously, your Member ID will still be valid, 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 the 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.

Please note: EPIC Registration is the only company permitted to sell badges for Comic-Con. No other site or agency will be allocated badges. Any other company or individual claiming to sell Comic-Con badges is bogus.

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.

Please click here for the Comic-Con 2016 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.

Badges cannot be shipped to an international address. International orders must be picked up onsite. 


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.


You will need a valid photo ID to pick up your Comic-Con badge.

Badge holders may be required to present a 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.


For information on badge refunds/cancellations, please click here. 

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

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

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

  • Badges will be available online through EPIC Registration only.
  • Debit card sales will be processed immediately in most cases and certainly within 48 – 72 hours of the purchase.
  • As part of our continued commitment to ensuring that all badges for Comic-Con are purchased securely by genuine Comic-Con attendees, you may be asked for additional security information when purchasing badges online from EPIC Registration.
  • For the avoidance of doubt please check your bank/card statement following your transaction to be certain whether or not your payment has been successful, or contact EPIC Registration.
  • When purchasing online, you will be sent an email confirmation from EPIC Registration. Please check your spam folder if you do not receive this within 72 hours. Keep the confirmation email safe. If you have any questions about your purchase you will need the information included in your confirmation.
  • Comic-Con will cancel all purchases made using multi-hit software or applications to ensure everyone has a fair and equal chance of getting a badge.
  • Attempting to purchase badges on multiple browser tabs can cause your transaction to fail. We advise that you use one only one browser tab when purchasing badges, in order to avoid problems with your transaction. We do not recommend that you use private browsing mode during 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 cancelled. In the instance of a duplicate order being cancelled, the purchaser will be refunded less the applicable handling fee.