Get Your OneCard ID: Students

OneCard Uses

The OneCard ID is the official identification card of Northern Illinois University. It is your key to accessing all functions on campus:

How to Obtain Your OneCard

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    All Photo Submissions Will Start With an Email From OneCard

    Orientation Student – You will receive an email within a few days of your orientation date. 

    If you have not received Email by your physical orientation date email onecard@niu.edu

    All Other student – Requesting New, Lost, or Damaged OneCard Please send us an email to onecard@niu.edu

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    Guide Lines for Uploading a Photo

    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

    Sunglasses

    Sunglasses

      Don't cover any part of your head

    Headwear

    Headwear

      No side view or glamour angles

    Side/Profile

    Side/Profile

      Photo of you, and ONLY you

    Group

    Group

      Your entire head must be
    in the photo

    Partial Head

    Partial Head

      Smile, don't use trendy or funny faces

    Facial Expressions

    Facial Expressions

      Plain and light-colored
    background

    Scenic Background

    Scenic Background

      Photo must be in color; Don't add filters

    Black and White

    Black and White

      Don't have your hands or arms visible

    Hands/Gestures

    Hands/Gestures

      Must be a high quality
    photo

    Grainy/Blurry

    Grainy/Blurry

      No copyrighted or watermarked photos

    Copyright/Watermark

    Copyright/Watermark

      Don't have text or emoticons
    visible

    Text

    Text

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    Wait for Your Card

    • You will be given status of your request via your NIU student Z-ID email within 2-3 business days.
    • Your OneCard ID will be mailed to your permanent address.
    • Want to pick up your card please email onecard@niu.edu within 24 hours of the approval of your Photo.

Contact Us

OneCard ID Services
Founders Memorial Library, room 104
DeKalb, IL 60115

Phone: 815-753-9569

Email: onecard@niu.edu

Business Hours

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