Use the form below to apply for your NCard online. Before you begin, please read the photo requirements thoroughly to ensure that the file you send will be accepted.

Sample Photo
Good Picture
Photo Requirements
  • For online applications, you can upload a photo from a digital camera, smartphone or scanner. For mail-in applications, send us a 3"x5" matte finish photo.
  • The picture must be a current head and shoulder (portrait) shot.
  • Your face must be clearly visible and facing forward--no profile shots, sunglasses, or hats.
  • The photo must be in color.
  • You must be the only person in the picture.
  • No graduation caps, gowns, or costumes can be worn.
  • The photograph must have a uniform white or light blue colored background.
  • Nothing can be touching the face such as hands, props or other distractions.
  • The file must be less than 4 MB in size.

Photos that do not meet the above requirements will not be processed. You will be notified by email if the photo you supplied was not accepted.

File Size

If the file is larger than 4 MB when using a smartphone, follow these steps after taking the photo:

  1. Take a screenshot of your photo.
  2. Fill in the form fields below.
  3. Click Choose File and select the screenshot from your photo library.
  4. Click Submit.
Unacceptable Photos
Unacceptable Photos
Bad Contrast Bad Crop Dark Background Goofy Hats/Sunglasses Too Dark Too Light
Bad contrast Bad cropping Dark background No goofy photos No hats or sunglasses Too dark Too light
Pick Up Requirements

The NCard Office will notify individuals by email when the NCard is ready. An email will be sent when the NCard is ready for pick up.

  • NCard holders must have been accepted and/or hired at the university before an NCard can be made.
  • Please bring a government-issued photo ID. This ID can be issued by federal, state or local government agencies and must include a photograph, name, and date of birth; such as a driver’s license, passport, or military ID.
  • If this is a first student card, no fee will be collected at pick up, but will be billed to your student bill. If this is a replacement card, the issuance fee can be billed to your Student Accounts bill by using the NCard account for payment.
Online Application Form
  1. I hereby certify that the information provided above is correct and that the enclosed photo is a true image of me. I understand that this photograph may become part of my official record and can be used by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for official purposes.


NCard Office/
City Union Copy Center

Room 121, Main Level NE Union
14th & R Street
Lincoln, NE 68588-0459

Phone: 402-472-7331
Fax: 402-472-8282

Office Hours

Regular Hours

Monday through Friday 8AM to 5PM