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Campus Identification

Access, Card, and Parking Services manages the issuance of the HawkCard, the university's official identification card. ACaPS reserves the right to issue HawkCards based upon the policies in place at the time of issuance. The HawkCard is issued to current students, faculty, staff, affiliates, visitors, and tenants of the university. Your HawkCard must be carried with you at all times and must be presented to campus authorities upon demand. The HawkCard is non-transferable and is the property of Illinois Institute of Technology. Fruadulant use will result in disciplinary action. 


Obtaining a HawkCard

Initial HawkCards may be obtained from the ACaPS office during business hours M-F 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. A government issued ID (driver's license, state ID, or passport) must be presented when coming to obtain a HawkCard. 

Replacement HawkCards can be purchased at the ACaPS office, Hermann Hall, Room 201. The cost to replace a lost, damaged, or stolen card is $20.00.

The HAwkCard Photo

Access, Card, and Parking Services does not accept personal photos to be used for the HawkCard ID. You must have your photo taken by the ACaPS office. When taking a photograph for the HawkCard do not wear a hat or headgear that obscures the hair or hairline. Dark glasses or nonpresciption glasses with tinted lenses are not acceptable unless needed for medical reasons. 


Students MUST be currently enrolled and registered for classes before obtaining a HawkCard. Students attending S.O.A.R  will obtain their HawkCard during orientation.

Distance Learning students ONLY may email to request a non-photo student HawkCard.


Faculty and Staff MUST receive a University ID Request form from Human Resources before visiting the ACaPS office to obtain a HawkCard. 

Visiting Researchers

Visiting Researchers MUST receive a University ID Request form from Human Resources before visiting the ACaPS office to obtain a HawkCard. The following must also be provided:

  • The invitation letter from the sponsoring department


An authorized supervisor or manager MUST complete an Affiliate ID request form for all new affiliates (Public Safety, Dining Services, Postal Services, Custodial Services) of the university. The form may be emailed to one week prior to the individual arriving to campus or presented on the day the employee comes to the ACaPS office to obtain the HawkCard. HawkCards WILL NOT be issued to employees without the completed form.


An authorized supervisor or manager MUST submit an email requesting a HawkCard ID for all new tenants of the university. Requests should be sent to one week prior to the individual arriving to campus. Once verification is complete, the supervisor or manager will be notified when to send the individual to the ACaPS office to obtain a HawkCard. 

Increasing the Lifetime of Your HawkCard

Your HawkCard is intended to last the duration of your association with the Illinois Institute of Technology. The following tips will help increase the lifetime of your HawkCard:

  • DO NOT punch a slot or hole in the card.
  • DO NOT expose to extreme heat, like dryers and sunlight.
  • DO NOT expose to organic solvents, thinners, mineral spirits, etc.
  • DO NOT machine wash or dry.
  • DO NOT use as an ice scrapper or scrapping tool.
  • DO NOT crimp, twist, or bend the card.
  • DO NOT attempt to re-laminate the card.
  • DO NOT immerse in alcohol, isopropyl, ethanol, etc.
  • DO NOT bite the card.
  • DO NOT pound with a pen or tool.