Welcome to WatCard

The WatCard office is responsible for the printing and distribution of the University of Waterloo's campus identification card. The WatCard is the University's comprehensive photo ID, and is needed for many of the services provided by the University.

This website contains information about:

How to get your WatCard

How to use your WatCard

What parents need to know

Get in touch with WatCard

The WatCard service counter is now located within The Centre, in Needles Hall (NH). Our office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. excluding university holidays. Our contact us page offers additional ways to reach us if you can't make it in to see us in person. 

  1. Aug. 17, 2022WatCard Service Interruption Notice

    Work is complete.

    Where is this happening?

    Campus wide

    What is happening?

    The WatCard system will be undergoing maintenance and application upgrade.

    When is this happening?

    Wednesday, August 17, 2022 7 AM - 10 AM

    How does this affect the UW community?

    This will cause an interruption of service to WatCard systems and services, for both staff and students.

    Impacted services:

  2. June 29, 2021Fall 2021 WatCard applications

    New students for Fall 2021 term, apply for your WatCard starting July 26, 2021. Students coming to campus must apply for a physical card and are required to upload a photo for use on their WatCard.

    Students that began their studies in Fall 2020 or Winter 2021, who will be on campus and have not yet picked up a physical card, must apply for a physical card.

    Easy 3 step process:

    1. Update your preferred/chosen name on WatIAM
    2. Complete the WatCard application, then follow the instructions to upload your photo
    3. Receive and follow instructions for WatCard pickup process
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