Off-Campus OneCard ID Request

Sample OneCard

If you are an online or off-campus student attending classes at one of NIU’s affiliated satellite campuses, you will need to obtain your OneCard ID to access certain student functions. All currently enrolled students are able to come to OneCard ID Services at any point during the semester to acquire a OneCard ID. OneCard ID Services will take your photo and print your card before you leave the office.

Submit Your Photo Online

As an alternative to visiting OneCard ID Services, you may submit your photo online. Your OneCard ID will then be printed and sent to the NIU campus of your choice, providing convenience in obtaining your ID.

Photo Requirements

  Provide a clear, recent photo of yourself
  No more than 6 months old
  At least 350 pixels by 350 pixels in size
  Show your entire head and face the camera directly
  Look directly at the camera; don't angle or tilt your head or shoulders at all
  Include space around your head so we can resize your photo
  Photo is to be used for identification
This is for identification, not social media

  Eyes must be visible, not covered


  Don't cover any part of your head


  No side view or glamour angles


  Photo of you, and ONLY you


  Your entire head must be in the photo

Partial Head

  Smile, Don't use trendy or funny faces

Facial Expressions

  Plain and light-colored background

Scenic Background

  Photo must be in color; Don't add filters

Black & White

  Don't have your hands or arms visible


  Must be a high quality photo


  No Copyrighted or Watermarked photos


  Don't have text or emoticons visible


Accessing the OneCard ID Request Form

  • Access the OneCard ID Request Form
  • Log in with your student Z-ID and password
  • Select “Off-Campus OneCard ID Request" option
  • You must select a Delivery Location from the drop-down list
    • You must contact OneCard ID Services if NIU-Rockford, Hoffman Estates, or Naperville are not possible options for you
  • 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.

Contact Us

OneCard ID Services
Founders Memorial Library 104


Business Hours