Wildcard Office

wildcard office entrance

Northwestern University’s multiple purpose one-card program, Wildcard, was developed to provide better identification for members of the University community, simplify use of existing services, control access, reduce handling of cash, and enhance security. The Wildcard office’s purpose is to enable students, faculty, staff, and other members of the University community to obtain and use a Wildcard.

  • Come to the Wildcard office to get or replace your Wildcard, or for related services.
  • For a comprehensive list of discounts available by using your Wildcard, visit the Wildcard Advantage website.


Operational changes to the Wildcard Office as the Coronavirus/COVID-19 situation continues to evolve:

Effective Monday, October 12, 2020

The Wildcard Office has opened a new temporary distribution center located in the Louis Theater Lobby at 20 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, IL 60208. The Louis Theater Lobby is located on the south side of the Wirtz Center and is immediately adjacent to the South Parking structure (lots 214 and 215). All Evanston appointments will be fulfilled from this location; NONE will be done at the Wildcard Office at Norris.

Appointments will be required for ALL ID card visits to honor physical distancing and the health and safety of staff. Please visit our website to make an appointment at the location convenient to you.

As a reminder, the Wildcard Office does not handle facility access directly. All access requests should be handled through your department administrator or by contacting access@northwestern.edu.

In-person photos will no longer be offered. All photos must be submitted online via our Photo Submission tool found on our website.

You will see our staff wearing face coverings – this is to protect all visitors and in alignment with university guidance.

Procedural changes to our PT/Temp Employee and Contractor ID Forms, and Large School/Dept. Request processes are outlined on our website.

For questions regarding Evanston campus requests, please email: evanstonwildcard@northwestern.edu.

For questions regarding Chicago campus requests, please email: chicagowildcard@northwestern.edu