ID Center

Attention New Students!

Congratulations on becoming part of the William Paterson University community!

Those joining us for the first time in the Spring 2024 semester will be able to submit their ID card photos online beginning 12/15/2023.

ID Cards may then be collected from our ID Center once classes begin.

Please visit our online photo submission website for step-by-step instructions on how to proceed.

Hours of Operation:

Monday - Friday: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

No forecasted April Closures

Online Photo Submission

Hospitality Services now offers the William Paterson University community the ability to upload their ID photos online. Once submitted, our ID Center team will begin the process of generating your brand new WP campus card. Please click here for more information!

For those who are replacing an existing ID card, please use the temporary ID card form provided below.

The ID Center is located on the second floor of the University Commons, Student Center Room 217.

Requirements to obtain a William Paterson University ID Card

1. 2 forms of identification

2. Student must be currently enrolled for classes

Employees must present their signed letter from the Office of Human Resources (entitled) "Authorization for University ID Card"


Student ID Cards
  • Issued to all students who are currently enrolled for classes
  • Initial ID card is at no charge
  • Replacements following the initial ID card will result in a fee/charge of $10
  • Students who have lost more than 3 cards will result in a fee / charge of $25
  • Replacement fees can be paid with cash, credit and/or Pioneer Express funds.
Faculty / Staff Cards
  • Issued to full-time and part-time faculty and staff 
Specialty Cards
  • Made for specialty groups such as Rec Center memberships, guests, and/or vendors.
  • Services offered to the cardholder in this category are dependent upon the policies of the department providing the service.


Use of Affirmed (Preferred) Names on ID Cards

William Paterson University recognizes that some of its students use a name other than their legal name to identify themselves. To encourage a more open and inclusive campus environment, the University now provides the option for students to be recognized by their affirmed/preferred names on their student ID cards.

In order to take advantage of this opportunity, students must first login to WP Connect.

  1. After logging in, please click on the triangle icon to the right of your current name and select “My Profile”.
  2. On the left side of the page, there will be an option called “Affirmed (Preferred) First Name Update”. Here you may enter the name of your preference and submit it.

Once the affirmed/preferred name has been approved and updated (24-48 hours following submission), students may visit the Hospitality Services ID Center to have the new card generated.

Please Note:

  • ID card with an affirmed/preferred name will only be recognized on the University campus.
  • Once this change is reflected on the card, you may no longer be able to use it as a secondary form of ID with state and/or federal documents.
  • As a courtesy to accommodate your affirmed/preferred name on your ID card, the fee to replace the ID card will be waived provided the old ID card is surrendered at the time of issuance.
  • The University retains the right to decline requests in cases where inappropriate or offensive language is being provided. In certain cases, a referral to Student Conduct may be necessary.
Lost / Stolen Cards
  • Must be reported to the Hospitality at (973)720-6200 and/or deactivated through GET Funds for Pioneer Express.

  • If your ID card is returned to our office, we will notify you via your WPUNJ email account
NO CHARGE to replace your card "IF"
  • You have an official name change - proof is required.
  • Your ID photo is no longer a reasonable likeness of you*.
  • One time no-charge for normal wear & tear*.

*All the decisions are left to our discretion and you must bring your old ID card with you.

The ID card is the property of the University, must be carried at all times, and is non-transferable. It may be used for such purposes as the university designates and may be revoked at any time. This card must be presented and/or surrendered upon demand by a university official; failure to do so, or lending this card to anyone, is considered misuse and may subject the holder to disciplinary action. Cardholders are to have one (1) WP ID card in their possession. If more than one card is noticed it should be confiscated and brought to the Office of Hospitality Services.