Get a WildCARD

Every student, faculty and staff member at Northwestern University is issued a WildCARD. Other members of the NU community are eligible for NU-issued ID Cards. Find out how to obtain your card:

Students

You may have your picture taken at a WildCARD office or submit your photo online. Bring your picture ID (driver's license, state ID, or a valid, unexpired passport) to the WildCARD office.
  • Cards are free to students, but the replacement cost for lost or stolen cards is $15 (or $25 for Indala contactless smartcards).
  • Student records will not appear in the WildCARD system until approximately 45 days prior to the beginning of an academic quarter. You are encouraged to obtain your WildCARD early; however, services to the University Libraries, Health Services and Sports & Recreation facilities (SPAC) will not become active until the start of the academic quarter for which you are registering. Call the WildCARD office to check your status at 847-467-NUID (6843) (Evanston campus) or 312-503-0548 (Chicago campus).

Faculty and Staff

You may have your picture taken at a WildCARD office or submit your photo online. Bring your picture ID (driver's license, state ID, or a valid, unexpired passport) to the WildCARD office. 

  • You cannot pick up your WildCARD until Human Resources has entered you in the system and the data is available to the WildCARD office. Call the WildCARD office to check your status at 847-467-NUID (6843) (Evanston campus) or 312-503-0548 (Chicago campus).
  • Cards are free to faculty and staff, but the replacement cost for lost or stolen cards is $15 (or $25 for Indala contactless smartcards).

Affiliates

Bring your picture ID (driver's license, state ID, or a valid, unexpired passport) to the WildCARD office on either campus. 

  • Cards are free to affiliates, but the replacement cost for lost or stolen cards is $15 (or $25 for Indala contactless smartcards).
  • Affiliates include GME Residents and Physician Assistants, employees of the Office of University Chaplains, and employees of The Family Institute.

Other

The following Northwestern community members are also eligible to receive a WildCARD or NU-issued ID Card:
  • Spouses and domestic partners of faculty and staff
    • The initial fee and the renewal fee for a spouse WildCARD is $10. The replacement cost for lost or stolen spouse cards is $15.
    • Faculty/staff member must be present at the time of spouse/partner card issuance and present their own valid WildCARD.
    • Spouses must show a picture ID (driver's license, state ID, or a valid, unexpired passport) and one of the following documents:
      • Marriage certificate (If necessary, we may request a notarized translation of your marriage certificate. These are available at your country's consulate or international travel bureaus.)
      • Spouse visa
      • J-1
      • J-2
    • Domestic partners must show a picture ID (driver's license, state ID, or a valid, unexpired passport) and a copy of their civil union certificate or the Faculty/Staff Declaration of Same-Gender Domestic Partner Relationship Form pdf icon (pdf). Further documentation is also required -- see the form for details.
    • Note: All documents must be in English.
  • Part-time/temporary employees
    • The employee's supervisor/administrator must submit a Part-Time/Temporary Employee ID Form pdf icon (pdf) to the WildCARD office. Forms can be mailed in or emailed directly from the PDF. Note: This form must be submitted; emails from supervisors will not be accepted.
    • The part-time/temporary employee should go to the WildCARD office with their employee ID number and a picture ID (driver's license, state ID, or a valid, unexpired passport) to obtain the card.
    • Cards are free for part-time/temporary employees, but the replacement for lost or stolen cards is $15 (or $25 for Indala contactless smartcards).
  • Authorized contractors working within the University community
    • Authorized Department Approvers must submit a Contractor ID Form pdf icon (pdf) to the WildCARD office. Forms can be mailed in or emailed directly from the PDF. Note: This form must be submitted; emails from supervisors will not be accepted.
    • Cards are free for contractors, but the replacement for lost or stolen contractor cards is $15 (or $25 for Indala contactless smartcards).
  • Spouses and domestic partners of students
    • The initial fee and the renewal fee for a student spouse/partner ID card is $5 (or $10 for Indala contactless smartcards). The replacement cost for lost or stolen student spouse/partner cards is $15 (or $25 for Indala contactless smartcards).
    • Student must be present at the time of spouse/partner card issuance and present their own valid WildCARD.
    • Spouses must show a picture ID (driver's license, state ID, or a valid, unexpired passport) and one of the following documents:
      • Marriage certificate (If necessary, we may request a notarized translation of your marriage certificate. These are available at your country's consulate or international travel bureaus.)
      • Spouse visa
      • J-1
      • J-2
    • Domestic partners must show a picture ID (driver's license, state ID, or a valid, unexpired passport) and a copy of their civil union certificate or the Student Declaration of Same-Gender Domestic Partner Relationship Form pdf icon (pdf). Further documentation is also required -- see the form for details.
    • Note: All documents must be in English.

WildCARD Policies

  • Your WildCARD/NU-issued ID Card is non-transferable and is the property of NU. Your card must be surrendered upon request.
  • If your card is lost or stolen, report it to the WildCARD office. You will be liable for the card replacement fee and any wrongdoing that may arise from the improper use of the card.
  • Photos on file more than 10 years must be updated the next time a replacement card is produced.