Getting My OneCard ID: Students
Students Required to Attend Orientation
Learn how to obtain your OneCard ID once you have received your scheduled orientation date.
All Other Students (Online, Off Campus and Graduate Students)
You must be enrolled in classes for the current semester before you are eligible to obtain your OneCard ID. For all other questions on verifying eligibility or acquiring your OneCard ID, please contact OneCard Id Services.
Replacement for Damaged or Lost OneCard ID
You must be enrolled in classes for the current semester before you are eligible to obtain your replacement OneCard ID. For damaged cards, you will need to turn in your old card and you will be responsible for a $10.00 fee. For lost cards, you will be responsible for a $20.00 fee. Learn how to report a lost or stolen ID. If you need your card expedited, please email OneCard ID Services at email@example.com with your ID request number and reason.
OneCard Preferred/Proper Name Policy
Northern Illinois University recognizes that many students choose to identify themselves other than by their legal name while attending the university. To best service students, OneCard ID Services has adopted a policy that allows students to have a “preferred/proper name” printed on their identification card, instead of a “legal name”. In order for a student to elect this option, he/she must first set up a preferred/proper name through Self Service in MyNIU ( View preferred/proper name instructions). A student’s preferred/proper name will appear within 24 hours after being updated in MyNIU, unless a future effective date is selected as well. If a preferred/proper name follows the guidelines as set forth by the university, this name will replace the student’s legal name in the OneCard system and be available for printing.
If a student opens a Huskie Bucks account, the student’s legal/proper name must be used when completing the contract. This form is considered a legal document and must follow the guidelines of legal vs. preferred/proper name (See preferred/proper name guidelines).
If a student brings in their current OneCard ID requesting a preferred/proper name be printed, a $10 replacement fee will be assessed for producing a new card. A student that has lost their OneCard ID and want a preferred/proper name printed on a new ID, the cost of the card is $20.
OneCard ID Services reserves the right to refuse printing an ID for a student if staff deems a preferred/proper name to be inappropriate, including but not limited to misrepresentation, attempting to avoid a legal obligation or a name that is deemed to contain inappropriate or offensive language, can be denied. A student having any issues with a preferred/proper name not following the guidelines as set forth by the university will be referred to the Office of Records and Registration for appropriate actions as deemed necessary.