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.

Apply for your WatCard

New students must apply for a card and are required to upload a photo for use on their WatCard. Students must have access to their UWaterloo email account before applying for their WatCard.

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

Studying fully online as a remote student or through WatSpeed and need access to Library resources? Request the digital option.

Not a student? Applicaiton information is available for non-student members of the University community.

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. 14, 2023WatCard Service Interruption Notice - Aug 21, 2023

    What is happening? The WatCard system will be undergoing maintenance and server upgrades.

    When is this happening? Monday, August 21, 2023 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM

    How does this affect the UW community? This will cause an interruption to WatCard systems and services, for both staff and students. Impacted services:

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