Step 3: ID cards
What is a UNSW student ID card used for?
We issue ID Cards to all students at UNSW. ID cards have many uses and are non-transferable.
- UNSW issues an ID Card to all students that must be carried with you at all times as evidence of your right to be on campus.
- ID cards are also used for electronic building swipe access and library borrowing.
How to avoid the queues
Get your ID card before orientation
Orientation 20 – 24 February 2017 is one of the busiest times of the year. We suggest coming in to the Library for your ID card before Orientation Week if you are logistically able to, for shorter wait times. The staff do their best to minimise wait times, but be prepared for a longer wait during orientation dates.
Register and upload your own photograph for your new Student ID Card
You can choose to upload your own photo for your UNSW ID card OR you may have your photo taken at the ID card service area in the Library. Please work through the checklist below in preparation for obtaining your ID card.
Please note: Students commencing studies in Semester 1, 2017 will be able to obtain/request an ID card from Monday 23 January, 2017.
Need help with uploading your photo for your ID card?
For all other enquiries you can visit the Getting Started Support Services in the Library
Outside the Getting Started period please visit the Library Help Zone to request/obtain your new ID card.
Obtaining your ID card
Use the checklist below to guide you with obtaining your new student ID card.
ID card checklist
Check your name is correct on myUNSW
Is your name correct on your myUNSW account?
During the online acceptance process you should ensure that your full legal name (as it appears on your official identity documentation) is included on the University’s system. This includes checking that:
- your middle name/s are included
- your name is spelt correctly
- your name is listed in the correct order
You will not be able to obtain your ID card where the name registered on the University’s system does not match your official identity documentation.
For information on how to check and/update your name on University records use this step-by-step guide.
Need help with changing your name? Contact the Enrolment Support Centre.
T: +61 2 9385 1110
Or visit Getting Started in the Library for support with your name change request.
Outside the Getting Started period you can contact Student Central for support.
Obtain your ID card 24 hours after enrolment
When can I get my student ID card?
You will need to wait 24 hours after you have completed your enrolment before you can obtain your new student ID card.
Please note student ID cards for students commencing in Semester 1, 2017 will be available from Monday 23 January 2017.
Students are encouraged to claim their student ID cards before Orientation week, to avoid longer wait times.
Outside the Getting Started period please visit the Library Help Zone for support.
Register and upload your own photograph for your new Student ID Card.
Student ID Card photo
If you are commencing your studies in Semester 1, 2017 you will be able to access the Photo ID Self Service page to request your ID from 23 January 2017.
Using the Photo ID Self Service page you will be able to request your ID card online and upload a photo of your choice.
To be able to request your student ID card online (from 23 January 2017):
- You will need to wait 24 hours after you have completed your enrolment before requesting your student ID Card online.
- Logon to the Photo ID Self Service page using your zID and UNSW Password.
- Follow the prompts and ensure the photo meets UNSW requirements .
Once your photo is approved a confirmation email will be sent to your UNSW email address . The email will provide more details on how to collect your card.
Get your ID card from Getting Started in the Library
Obtaining your ID card
If you wish to request your card in person, you can visit the Getting Started Services the Library, 24 hours after completing your enrolment, from 23 January 2017.
You will need to bring with you your student number and one form of VALID photo identification from the following options:
- Australian drivers licence
- Previous year's UNSW student card
We recommend obtaining your ID card BEFORE Orientation, if that is possible for you.
Longer wait times are experienced during Orientation due to the influx of new students.
Orientation will run from Monday 20 February – Friday 24 February, 2017.
If you have uploaded your own photo via the Photo ID Self Service page, your confirmation email will provide details on the next steps including how to collect your card.
Replacement cards are available from the Security & Traffic Management Office, Level 2 Mathews Building.
You will need to bring one VALID form of photo ID with you. See above. Fees may apply.
Please check with Lost Property before replacing your ID card.
Location: Campus Security, Gate 2, High Street
Need help with replacing a lost or stolen ID card?