Upload student card photo

Uploading your photo

As a new student, you need a McMaster Student Photo ID card. Your student card is an important piece of photo identification that is required for writing exams. It also gives you access to a variety of services on campus, such as the library and athletic center.

To create your student card, we need an uploaded photo by July 15. Please visit the Mosaic Student Center (Personal Information > Demographic Data) to upload your photo.

  • Undergraduate Students
    • Ontario Students: your card is mailed to your home address in August.
    • Residence Students: your ID card will be handed out to you at your residence during move-in weekend.
    • Out-of-Province and Out-of-Country Students: We are still working out details on the format of your student card and will be in touch to let you know how you will receive your card in the coming weeks.
  • Graduate Students

Photo Requirements:

To be considered acceptable, your uploaded photo must:

  • be recent and similar to a passport photo (head shot only, looking straight into the camera)
  • have a neutral or smiling expression
  • be in colour, in focus and of good quality (scanned photos of your driver’s license, passport or health card are not acceptable)
  • be on an uncluttered background and of you alone (no other people or animals permitted in photo)
  • not contain props (i.e. hats, sunglasses or graduation caps)

Maximum file size of your photo must be 3MB or less to be successfully uploaded.

Uploaded photos not meeting the above criteria, will be deleted resulting in delays in receiving your student card.

Photo Troubleshooting Tips:

Having issues uploading?

  • Check your file size. If your jpg image is too big, you will get a generic error message. The file should be less than 3MB in size. Try picking a different picture with a smaller file size or resize your image in Paint or Photoshop.

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