By Kacie Gerard
New and current UNO students have until the end of September to get their new and improved student identification cards.
The new IDs are moving away from a semester-based sticker system to an online database to verify the status of students, said Todd Nelson, systems administrator for University Affairs and Communications.
“The design [of the new ID] is different and the functionality is different,” Nelson said. “We can grow with this system, we couldn’t with the other.”
The new student cards have many new features and functions. For instance, a swipe access to the HPER building will be placed on the back of the card, while on the front a library bar code will be printed.
Unlike the old IDs, the new cards will not list the student’s social security number on it.
New IDs are free to students and will be issued at two locations on campus.
Students can have their photos for the IDs taken from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. They will be issued through Sept. 27 in Room 110 of the Engineering Building.
“Another station at Milo Bail Student Center will be open from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.,” Nelson said.
The station in the student center is on the second floor in the Ak-Sar-Ben room.
For verification purposes, new students need to bring a photo ID, whether it is a driver’s license or another picture ID. Current UNO students will need to bring their old student IDs.
Students should anticipate lines at both locations.
Nelson said the waiting line to receive an ID has been taking about a half an hour.
If students do not get the new identification card by the September deadline, they will still have a later opportunity.
“They will need to go to the normal office if they don’t (get the ID),” said Nelson. “There is still no cost after the deadline.”