BYU ID Card Design & Content
On the front of your BYU ID card:
Your primary role is printed on the face of the card. As an individual may have multiple roles and roles may change, entitlements based on roles are authenticated electronically.
The ID Center may need to take a new photo when an ID card is printed. Regardless of whether or not a new photo is needed, you must meet all Dress and Grooming Standards to get an ID card. Your ID card picture is viewed by professors, administrators, and department employees. We encourage students to use good judgment when having their picture taken; potential employers or mentors may get their first impression of you based on your ID card picture.
On the back of your BYU ID card:
The magnetic stripe stores your BYU ID number, which allows your information to be accessed electronically at various locations on campus. The back of the card also states important information regarding the use of your card:
This card is the property of Brigham Young University and is for internal campus use only. BYU is not liable for any external use or acceptance of this card. Neither this card nor any associated services or privileges are transferrable. This card is not valid unless signed in ink and must be surrendered upon request. If found, please return to WSC ID Center, Provo UT 84602. Postage is guaranteed.
Cards are Non-Transferrable
The ID card is the property of Brigham Young University and is for internal campus use only. BYU is not liable for any external use or acceptance of the card. Neither the card nor any associated services or privileges are transferrable. The card must be surrendered upon request.
You can have your preferred first name printed on your ID card.
The preferred name is intended to be a less formal name by which you are commonly known. If the ID Center determines your preferred name to be inappropriate you will not be issued an ID card until you have changed your preferred name. Changing an inappropriate preferred name takes one business day and will incur a $10 re-printing fee.
To set your Preferred Name:
1) Log in to MyBYU
2) Under the Campus Links Communication drop-down menu select Personal Information
3) Select Names
4) Enter your Preferred First Name
5) Select the name you want displayed on your ID card
6) Save Changes
Note: Only hyphens or apostrophes are allowed, no periods, commas, or other punctuation please.
Students who have changed their last name need to notify the Registrar's Office before a new ID card can be issued, please visit registrar.byu.edu/registrar/records/biochanges.php for more information.
Employees need to notify the Benefits Office, D-240 ASB, before a new card can be issued.
You are not required to get a new ID card with your new last name. If you would like to get a new card with your new last name, bring your current ID card to the ID Center approx. 1 week after changing your name with the Registrar's or Benefit's Office. We will swap out the current card for a new card at no charge. If your current card is lost, a new card will cost $10.
The ID Center may need to take a new photo when an ID card is printed. Regardless of whether or not a new photo is needed, you must meet Dress and Grooming Standards every time you replace your ID card.
Gentlemen, the ID Center cameras intensify the look of stubble so please be sure to shave the same day before visiting the ID Center to have your picture taken. If your facial hair is dark or grows quickly please visit the ID Center shortly after shaving. If you have a valid Beard Waiver from the Honor Code Office, please bring your current ID card to the ID Center to receive a new ID card.
The ID Center asks that no hats or scarves be worn for the picture (exceptions may be made for medical conditions or religious reasons). We also ask that jewelry and hair accessories not be so large that they cover or shadow your face.
Your ID card picture is viewed by professors, administrators, department employees, and the Honor Code Office. We encourage students to use good judgment when having their picture taken; potential employers, professors, and mentors can view your photos and may get their first impression of you based on your ID card picture. The ID Center will not accept pictures with inappropriate expressions or any gestures.
All pictures will be taken in front of a white background with the student directly facing the camera. We suggest students wear dark or bright colored shirts; white shirts blend into the background.
Click here for information about having a copy your ID photo emailed to you or printed.