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Submit your photo online

Order your first student card online: it’s quick and easy!


To submit your photo online, it must be your first uOttawa student card. If you already have a card and need a replacement, visit the Managing your account section.

•    Be a new uOttawa student
•    Have a uOttawa student number and uOttawa email address
•    Be enrolled in at least one course
•    Have access to a digital camera to take a photo

If you meet all these criteria, please proceed to Step 1. Otherwise, request your card in person.

Order your card online

  • Your uOttawa card is an important piece of photo ID. The bottom edge of the photo should be at shoulder height.
  • Look straight into the camera. Photos of your face in profile, with sunglasses, or wearing a hat, are not allowed. Your face must be clearly visible.
  • The picture should be clear, in colour, and good quality.
  • Your face should be in the centre of the photo, both horizontally and vertically.
  • You must be the only person in the photo.
  • You must not be wearing a graduation cap, gown, or costume.
  • The background should be plain white or light gray.
  • Nothing should be touching your face, including your hands.
  • The maximum file size is 2 MB.
  • Your photo must be in JPG format and labelled as your student number (e.g. 0000100731.jpg).
  • You may wear tinted prescription glasses so long as your eyes are clearly visible.

Photos that do not meet these criteria will not be accepted, which will cause delays in obtaining your student card.

Faceshot of a student with white background
Acceptable photo
This shot is acceptable
Faceshot of a student with dark background
Dark Background
This shot is not acceptable.
Faceshot of a student with sunglasses and a hat
Hat or sunglasses
This shot is not acceptable.

Filling out the online form

Picking up your card

As soon as your card is ready, you will receive an email (sent to your uOttawa account) to pick it up. You will need to present valid pieces of photo ID. The card will be ready at the reception desk of InfoService (TBT129). You do not need to enter the virtual line. 

For security reasons, we do not send uOttawa cards in the mail.
Pick up your card in person