Valid government-issued photo I.D. must be presented at the card office in order to obtain a Western Card. (examples: driver’s license, state-issued photo I.D., passport, & military I.D.).

WWU Students

All students registered for the current academic quarter are eligible to receive a Western Card. Your photo may be used for University identification purposes other than your Western Card– for example, on course rosters.

Faculty & Staff

Current WWU faculty & staff are eligible to receive a Western Card, and may be issued their card at the card office as soon as their first day of employment.

WCC Students

Whatcom Community College students living on Western’s campus are not eligible for a Western Card. However, if you have purchased a meal plan with WWU, you are eligible for a Dining Card from our office.

Western Card Privileges


A Western Card is required to check out laptops, wireless cards, cameras, and other equipment from ATUS.


You need your Western Card to check out materials from Western’s Libraries.

Wade King Rec Center

A Western Card is required to access the Student Rec Center facilities.

Lakewood Boathouse

All current WWU students must present campus ID to use boathouse equipment.


A Western Card is required at all university dining halls.

Viking Dollars

Viking Dollars can be added to your Western Card to buy food at all campus dining locations. For more information, please see the Viking Dollars page.

Bus Pass

For information regarding student bus passes, please see the Student Bus Pass page.