WildCARD Photo Submission

Northwestern University students, faculty, and staff are issued a campus WildCARD, the official Northwestern photo identification card. Once you have received your Northwestern NetID, you are able to submit your WildCARD photo. Please review the criteria outlined below before taking your picture.

You will be required to show an official picture ID (driver's license, state ID, or a valid, unexpired passport) when you pick up your WildCARD.

Upload your photo (Note: This link requires you to login with your NU NetID and password.)

Frequently asked questions

WildCARD Photo Requirements

  • Recent color photo
  • White, smooth background (Tip: Use a white towel, sheet or large piece of paper as a backdrop.)
  • Bright, even lighting
  • Centered, frontal view of full face – no profile
  • Cropped from just above the top of the head to the collarbone
  • Eyes open and visible (wear prescription glasses if you normally do so)
  • Acceptable file format: .jpg file format
  • Minimum pixel size: 450px by 600p   

Acceptable Photo Examples

Woman facing straight at the camera with no hat or gestures on a white background Woman facing straight at the camera with no hat or gestures on a white background Man facing straight at the camera with no hat or gestures on a white background

Unacceptable WildCARD Photos

  • Hats, sunglasses, or other items that obscure your face
  • Glare on glasses, shadows
  • Other visible people or objects in the photo
  • Inappropriate expressions or gestures
  • Senior portraits or school phot       

Unacceptable Photo Examples

Woman wearing sunglasses Woman giving the Man holding a foam finger

Woman wearing a hat Woman on a non-white background Man facing sideways

To view more examples of acceptable and unacceptable ID images, visit the U.S. Department of State website.

Upload your photo (Note: This link requires you to login with your NU NetID and password.)