All Other Students OneCard ID Request

 Online Program, Off Campus, and Graduate Students

Sample OneCard

If you are a graduate, online or off-campus student attending classes at NIU’s main campus or at one of our  affiliated satellite campuses, you will need to obtain your OneCard ID to access certain student functions. All currently enrolled students are required to submit a photo online to acquire a OneCard ID. Prior to submitting your photo, please ensure that your preferred/proper name and permanent address are correct in MyNIU.

Online Photo Submission 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


The OneCard ID Request Form Process

Follow the OneCard ID Request Form - All Other Students (PDF) how-to guide to learn how to fill out the OneCard ID Request form.

  • Access the OneCard ID Request Form.
  • Log in with your student Z-ID and password.
  • Select one of the following forms to fill out: 
    • Off campus students - Select “Off-Campus OneCard ID Request" option if you do not live in DeKalb/Sycamore, and your classes are only at off-campus locations (Rockford, Hoffman Estates, or Naperville Campus).  
    • Online programs students - Select “Online Only OneCard ID Request" option if your classes are only online and do not meet at the DeKalb campus.
    • Graduate students - Select “Graduate Student OneCard ID Request" option if you are enrolled in graduate classes at DeKalb campus.
  • Fill in all the required information.
  • 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 2-3 business days.
  • Your OneCard ID will be mailed to your permanent address.
OneCard ID Request Form


Contact Us

OneCard ID Services
Founders Memorial Library 104


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