ID Cards and Online Photo Submission

Take the wait out of picking up your new tap-enabled ID card. Submit your photo online and you will simply need to stop by and have your new ID printed without waiting to have a photo made.

Protect Your Card

Decoded and damaged cards may be rejected by our card readers.

  • Do not bend, fold, or expose your card to excessive heat, washing, or other damaging elements.
  • Do not pass your card through any other system (i.e. automated bank tellers), as decoding may occur.
  • Do not leave your Redbird Card on or near a TV, stereo, telephone, microwave, or other electromagnetic equipment.
  • Do not store your Card next to magnetic earbud cases, these have been known to de-magnetize the magnetic stripe.
  • Do not punch holes in your card. This may make your card unusable in any reader.

Special care must be taken of ID cards used for door access that have the internal antennae. Bending the cards may damage the antennae inside the card.

How Do I Submit My Photo?

Students will receive an email with a unique link and instructions on how to upload a photo for their Northeast ID Card.

If you have not received an email, check your spam folders.  If you still can't locate the email, contact the housing office to have a new one sent.

Photo Submission Criteria



  • Take a new photo
  • Use a color photo in a jpg or png format
  • Make sure your eyes are open and visible
  • Use a plain background
  • Position yourself in the photo to leave room above your head and include both shoulders
Examples of photos that will approved
Example of an Acceptable Photo Submission


  • Group photos or pictures with pets
  • Wear sunglasses
  • Hats or anything that obstructs the face or hair
  • Tilted heads, selfies, and glamour shots
  • Comical photos or photos with gestures
  • Low-quality or dark images
  • Social media filters
Examples of photos that will not be approved
Example of an Acceptable Photo Submission
Example of an Acceptable Photo Submission
Example of an Acceptable Photo Submission


Photo Tips

  • If you have a problem submitting a photo cropped from a larger photo, you may need to retake your photo in a smaller size or use a different photo editing tool.
  • If you are having background issues, make sure you are using a plain, solid white, off-white or light blue wall. Doors or walls with paneling will not be accepted. Try using poster board as a background option.
  • Photos taken with a cell phone may require better lighting.