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Off-Campus: OneCard ID Request

Sample Approved Photo ID
Sample Approved Photo ID
Sample Approved Photo ID
Sample Approved Photo ID
Sample Approved Photo ID
The photos provided on these OneCard IDs show what an approved photo may look like.

Off-Campus students attending classes at one of NIU’s affiliated satellite campuses will need to obtain their OneCard ID to access student functions such as using the NIU Library services or printing in NIU computer labs. All currently enrolled students are able to come to OneCard ID Services at any point during the semester to acquire their OneCard ID. OneCard ID Services will take your photo and print your card before you leave the office.

Alternative Solution: Submit Your Photo Online

As an alternative to visiting OneCard ID Services, off-campus students are able to submit their photo online. Our convenient OneCard ID Request Form (see steps below) allows students to submit their favorite snapshot of themselves from the comfort of their own home.  Your OneCard ID will then be printed and sent to the NIU campus of your choice, providing convenience in obtaining your ID.

Get Ready! Get Set! Submit Your Photo!

Photo Requirements

A submitted photo must be a clear, current photo of you, and only you, from the last 6 months. The image you submit should be no smaller than 350 pixels by 350 pixels in size. Be sure that your entire head is showing and you are looking directly into the camera. Your head and shoulders must be pointed directly at the camera; not angled or tilted in any way. We ask that you also include space around your head if resizing or cropping your photo is needed. OneCard ID Services will then either approve or deny the photo based off the requirements listed below. You will be contacted via your NIU student Z-ID email account regarding the status of your photo submission within two (2) business days. The email sent to you will include a link to MyITSForms so you can check the status of your request anytime. Once a photo is approved, OneCard ID Services will complete the request and your ID will be sent to the satellite campus you have selected.

A photo submitted that includes any (or a combination) of the following examples listed below, will be denied immediately:

Any eyewear that blocks the view of your eyes
Any item or article of clothing that covers the top of your head
Photos must be straight-on and forward looking; your head cannot be tilted or angled
Photo of only you. No friends, family, pets, or phantom limbs allowed
Partial Heads
Your entire head must be showing; Do not cut off the top or sides.
Comical Facial Expressions Scenic Background
Plain light-colored background
Black & White
Your photo must be in color
Hands or Gestures
Hands should not be visible
Grainy Photos
Your photo must be of good quality, not grainy, blurry or pixelated

NIU OneCard ID Services reserves the right to refuse any photos that do not meet our requirements. Failure to adhere to photo submission guidelines is subject to appropriate University action as deemed necessary.

Steps to Access OneCard ID Request Form

Your photo can only be submitted online by using the steps below:

  • Access the OneCard ID Request Form
  • Log in with your student Z-ID and password
  • Select “Off-Campus OneCard ID Request" option
  • Follow the instructions on the form to upload your photo
    (You will be able to track the status of your request following your submission.)

    Should you receive a rejection of your photo, you will be notified via your NIU student Z-ID email account within two business days.