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Northwestern ID Card

The Wildcard is the official Northwestern photo ID card. Every incoming student should complete the photo-submission process by July 1. Your Wildcard will either be mailed to you or made available upon your arrival on campus depending on your student status—domestic or international, first-year or transfer—and the time available for mailing.

All International Students 

International students who complete the photo-submission process on time can expect their Wildcards to be made available upon arrival on campus.

Domestic First-Year and Transfer Students 

Domestic first-year and transfer students who complete the photo-submission process on time can expect their Wildcards to be mailed out on the dates shown:

Wildcard mailing dates based on last name

First initial of last name

Mailing dates

A through I

August 2–6

J through Q

August 9–13

R through Z

August 16–20

Late submissions

August 23–27


After August 27, no Wildcards will be mailed to domestic first-year and transfer students. Instead, if you are residing on campus, your Wildcard will be made available when you check in at your student residence at your designated move-in time. If you are not residing on campus, your Wildcard will be made available at a designated pick-up location on campus during Wildcat Welcome.