• Grab Your Badges

    Are you ready for AX 2018? The first thing you’ll need is a badge, which comes with a nice lanyard, bag, and program guide. You’ll need to wear it at all times at Anime Expo. Register Now!

Anime Expo can be overwhelming for first-timer’s.

We’ve created this guide as a brief overview to help you prepare for the wonderful adventure and memorable experience that is Anime Expo.

First Timer's Guide

Premier Fan Badge

The Ultimate Fan Experience! 4-Day access to Anime Expo, plus extra benefits.

Visit our Premier Fan Page for full details.

4-Day Attendee (For ages 14 and up)

  • Next Price Tier TBA

Best value! Use all four days to explore everything AX has to offer. (For ages 14 and up)

  • Access to Exhibit Hall, Entertainment Hall, Kentia Hall, panels, workshops and more!
  • Pre-Show Night and ticketed events (i.e. Concerts, Masquerade, Maid Cafe) must be purchased separately.
  • Shipped within US/Canada

4-Day Child (For ages 6-13)

Please note: This is the only badge option for children; there are no 1-Day Child badges.

  • Access to Exhibit Hall, Entertainment Hall, Kentia Hall, panels, workshops and more!
  • Pre-Show Night and ticketed events (i.e. Concerts, Masquerade, Maid Cafe) must be purchased separately.
  • All children 13 and under must have an adult present for the duration of the event.
  • Children under the age of 5 do not require a badge.

*Prices do not include Eventbrite fees.


Complimentary badges are provided as a courtesy to those intending to do press coverage of Anime Expo. Press members may be freelance, or employed with a major media company.

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Creators and trade professionals can apply for a discounted industry badge.

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Artist Alley

Located in Kentia Hall, artists offer a variety of handmade creations for sale, including original artwork, prints, crafts, clothing, comics and more.

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Atendees will be overwhelmed with love for anime art, manga, stickers, plush toys, figurines, magic wands, t-shirts.

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Ticketed Events

Some events during Anime Expo may also require a ticket, in addition to a badge. You can buy your tickets online ahead of time or you can purchase them onsite at the Ticketing Booth, based on availability.

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2018 Registration Policies

Our policies have changed, please read them carefully.

Cancellation Policy

By registering for an Anime Expo badge you agree not to sell, trade, transfer or share your comp code, email confirmation, or badge. In the event that The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) determines that you have violated this policy, SPJA has the right to cancel your badge(s) and keep any money paid by you. Confirmations and/or badges that have been sold or provided by anyone other than SPJA will not be honored by SPJA.

You must wear and display your badge at all times while onsite during Anime Expo. All badges are the property of SPJA and must be relinquished to SPJA upon request. Anime Expo reserves the right to refuse admission, to refuse service and/or to cancel/revoke your badge at Anime Expo’s discretion.

You must register an individual name for each badge and that each name must match a legal photo ID. If SPJA determines that you have purchased more than one badge in your name for any day, SPJA has the right to cancel your duplicate badge(s) and issue you a refund less the processing fee.

Refund & Transfer Policy (Last updated 3/9/2018)
  • All badges are non-transferable to the Anime Expo 2019.
  • Refund requests for Anime Expo 2018 badges must be received within 30 days of the purchase date.
  • Refund requests for badges purchased in March 2018, must be received by March 31, 2018.
  • Badges purchased after March 31, 2018 are non-refundable, non-transferable to other individuals, and other event days for Anime Expo 2018.
  • All refund requests must be sent via email with your full name & order confirmation number to registration@anime-expo.org

SPJA reserves the right to change the Refund & Transfer Policy at any time without notification.

Upgrade & Downgrade Policy

You can upgrade (1-Day to 4-Day) your badge by sending an email to registration@anime-expo.org. If your badge has already shipped or it is after March 31, 2018, you must go to registration counter to process the upgrade onsite. Certain restrictions may apply.

Downgrades are not permitted.  However, you may request a refund for your badges if it is within 30 days of your purchase date.

Badge Mailing Policy

Anime Expo will only ship 4-Day, 4-Day Child, 1-Day, Pre-Show, Premier Fan, and Artist Alley badges purchased between July 3rd, 2017 through 12:00 PM PT June 18th, 2018 within the United States and Canada. Badge mailing will start in early May 2018. Premier Fan badges will be mailed out early June 2018. Badges will not be re-shipped under any circumstances. There will be no exceptions.

All orders will be mailed out to the 1st registrant's shipping address. This includes orders with multiple registrants. The last day to change your shipping address is April 25th, 2018.

Shipping fees includes shipping, handling, and badge activation. This is required for all badges and is non-refundable.

Onsite Badge Pick-Up Policy

International attendees, badges transfers from AX 2017, attendees who purchased badges after June 11, Press, Exhibitor, and Industry badge holders must pick up badges onsite. Each registrant must pick up his/her own badge.

For more information, please read our Badge Mailing FAQ.

Attendees age 13 years old and under must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of their time at the event. Attendees under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult to pick-up their badge. We recommend attendees ages 14-17 have an adult close by.

Any programming designated 18+ will require attendees to show a valid photo ID to get an 18+ wristband at any Info Services booth in order to gain admittance. Please see our program room policies for more information.

Purchase a badge appropriate for the child's age by the first day of attendance of Anime Expo 2018.

  • Children ages 0 - 5 are free and are not required to register for a badge.
  • Children ages 6 - 13 must purchase a child badge for $35.
  • Children ages 14+ must purchase a 4-Day general attendee badge. Please check the website for most current pricing.

Lost Badge Policy

Lost badges are subject to a reprint fee. To purchase a badge reprint, head over to the Registration Assistance counter.
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