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Northwestern's Official ID

Services and discounts for Wildcard holders

Operational changes to the Wildcard Office:

Appointments are required for ALL ID card visits to honor physical distancing and the health and safety of staff. Please follow the steps outlined and submit your appointment request below to the Wildcard Office you plan to visit.

Hours of operation for Evanston and Chicago:

  • Monday – Friday: 9AM – 3PM*
  • *Hours are subject to change due to the evolving response to the COVID-19/Coronavirus situation.
Steps for obtaining a Wildcard
Step 1: Step 2: Step 3:
Upload and submit your photo for your Wildcard (in-person photos are not offered at this time). Book an appointment to pick-up your Wildcard.
Prefer to have your Wildcard mailed to you? Click here for more information.
Ensure your Wildcard is programmed for facility access.




Need an access card for a Part-Time Temporary Employee or Contractor? Please click on the respective link for more information and the process for submission.

Information on Building Access
The Wildcard Office does not activate/facilitate building access. For more information regarding this, please visit the Building Access information page.

Your Wildcard

Your Wildcard can be used to access University buildings and shuttles, purchase food through the University meal plan, and much more.

Students playing pool at Norris

Get started

Most students, faculty, and staff members are eligible for a Wildcard. Learn how to get yours.
Get a Wildcard
Student eating in a dining hall

Know when to use it

Wildcards and Northwestern-issued ID cards have varying privileges on and around campus.
About your card
Students in line for a free custard sample from Andy's Frozen Custard

Start saving

Use your Wildcard to save with free delivery, free items, or discounts on products and services.
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Locations & Hours

Location information for wildcard
Evanston Campus Chicago Campus
Norris University Center (see map)
1999 Campus Drive
Underground Level

Phone: 847-467-NUID (6843)
Fax: 847-467-2609
Office hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 3 p.m.*
*Hours subject to change.
345 E. Superior, 15th Floor (see map)

Phone: 312-503-0548
Office hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 3 p.m.*
*Hours subject to change.