WMU Bronco Card®

Location and office hours have changed.

Bronco Card® Office hours:
    Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: WMU Parking Services [Google Maps]  [Campus Map]

Phone Number: (269) 387-6278

How You Get Your Bronco Card®

In order to minimize the risk associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, it was necessary to implement an online Bronco Card® photo service. Unless there are exigent circumstances, Bronco Card® photos will be submitted by students and employees. Generally, Bronco Card® photos will not be taken by university personnel.

Students and employees can start the process of getting their Bronco Card® by submitting a photo online at https://photo.wmupd.wmich.edu.

After a photo has been submitted and approved, please allow 24 hours for processing of the information you provided.

Bronco Cards® may be obtained at Parking Services after the photo has been submitted, accepted and approved. Parking Services is open Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

If a replacement card is needed, please contact the Bronco Card® Office at (269) 387-6278 or email dps-broncocard@wmich.edu. Obtaining a replacement Bronco Card® may result in a replacement fee.

About Your Bronco Card®

The WMU Bronco Card® is your photo identification card at Western Michigan University as well as used:

The Bronco Card® has the size, look, and feel of a credit card. The front of your card is your picture; on the back of the card is your student number and a magnetic strip which links to various University systems, depending on what you have signed up for or need to access.

Click here to view the full Bronco Card® ID policy.


The Bronco Card® will be your WMU identification for as long as you are a student at Western Michigan University. Your Bronco Card® will be issued at New Student Orientation as part of the orientation process with no charge to you (WMUx students are charged $5). For students not participating in an orientation program, Bronco Cards® are typically issued approximately one month before the start of the semester. Contact the Bronco Card® Office for details.

Faculty and staff

The Bronco Card® will be your WMU identification during your time of employment at WMU. WMU faculty and staff must bring any form of picture identification and a printed, paper-copy of the letter of employment to get your Bronco Card®.


Those enrolled in WMUx (formerly Extended University Programs, or EUP) are charged $5 for the first issuance of a bronco card. For others there is no cost for the initial card issued, but there may be fees for any reissued cards.

Replacing Your Bronco Card®

Only cash or credit are accepted for replacement charges. Also, bring a picture identification to obtain a replacement card at the Bronco Card® Office.

Charges for replacement cards are:

  • $30 for lost or damaged cards
  • $35 for confiscated cards
  • No cost for replacement cards due to a documented legal name change

Your Bronco Card® can be printed while you wait; it takes only a few minutes.

Retain your card

If you experience a break in your academic career (e.g., a term or year off), please retain your original Bronco Card® as it is still your official ID card. If you complete your undergraduate degree and enter graduate studies at WMU, your original Bronco Card® is still valid.

Lost or stolen cards

Immediately call (269) 387-6278 to report your Bronco Card® lost or stolen. If your card has not been reported lost or stolen, you may be liable for the use of your Bronco Card®. Once a card has been reported as lost or stolen it will be deactivated. A replacement card may then be issued based on the fee scale listed above. Found cards belonging to currently registered students will be available for pick up at no additional cost.

Legal Name Change

Following a legal name change, a student may request a replacement Bronco Card® at no cost, provided the following conditions are met:

  • Complete the legal name change process with the university*
  • Bring in the old identification card (to be returned and replaced)
  • Bring legal documentation of the name change
* A wait period is required before visiting the Bronco Card® Office to ensure the ID card system has the updated university information. This is usually 24-48 hours.

Preferred First Name

A student may declare a Preferred First Name and request it be displayed on their Bronco Card®. The student is responsible for the $30 replacement fee. The Preferred First Name will be printed on the front of the card with the legal last name. The legal first and last name will be printed on the back of the card. After a Preferred First Name is updated with the university, a wait period is required before visiting the Bronco Card® Office to ensure the ID card system has the updated information. This is usually 24-48 hours.

Found cards

If you find a Bronco Card®, please turn it in to:

Department of Public Safety
511 Monroe Street
Kalamazoo MI 49006 USA