ID Card Protocol

To help fuel connections throughout our community and enhance the safety and security of our learning environment, KCAD will provide all students, staff and faculty with a KCAD/Ferris ID card and a lanyard to be visibly displayed on their person at all times when on campus starting August 29, 2022.

In addition to making KCAD community members more visible to each other, these ID cards also facilitate access to campus resource areas and events, both here at KCAD and on the main campus of Ferris State University in Big Rapids. We ask that all students, staff and faculty do their part and be prepared to show their ID. Remember, everyone at KCAD has a critical role to play in cultivating a safe and secure campus.

Under this new protocol, our campus will remain open to KCAD/UICA visitors. Per our visitor check-in protocol, guests will be asked to sign-in with security personnel and wear a visible visitor tag while on campus.


How Do I Get an ID?

  1. Go to idcard.ferris.edu.
  2. Click “Student & Faculty/Staff Login” on the side navigation menu.
  3. Log in using your MyFSU credentials.
  4. Click "ID Request & Photo Upload" on the side navigation menu
  5. Follow the provided instructions.
  6. Once you receive an email confirmation that your ID has been printed, the card will be mailed to KCAD (typically within 24 hours) and you will be notified when your card is ready for pickup from Student Services (for students) or Human Resources (for employees). Your first lanyard will be provided at time of pickup.


NOTE: Students and faculty/staff must upload a valid, government-issued photo ID in order to obtain a KCAD/Bulldog ID Card. Your ID will be encrypted and stored on a secure server. Once your photo is reviewed, your ID will be deleted from storage. Please keep an eye on your inbox—you will be contacted by email if your photo was not approved. 

Acceptable forms of ID include: 

  • Driver's License
  • State Identification Card
  • High School Student ID
  • Passport/Visa
  • Permanent Residence Card

Is There a Cost to Obtain an ID? 

You will not be charged for your first ID card. If you accidentally damage your ID card, you may return it to KCAD student services or Human Resources for a replacement.

Do I Need the New Black Colored FSU/KCAD ID If I Already Have the Grey Card?

At this time, no. This protocol applies to the grey KCAD ID card issued before 2022 and the updated Ferris State University KCAD/FSU Bulldog ID cards.

What Do I Do If I Lose My ID Card and/or Lanyard?

If you lose your KCAD/Bulldog ID Card, visit idcard.ferris.edu, click on FAQ on the side navigation menu, and follow the instructions to deactivate your card.

What Do I Do If My ID Card Becomes Cracked or Broken?

Broken or cracked cards are not considered valid and must be replaced. Replacing a damaged ID card is free in exchange for damaged ID card. If you break your KCAD/Bulldog ID Card, visit idcard.ferris.edu, click on FAQ on the side navigation menu, and follow the instructions to deactivate your card.

What Can I Do To Keep My ID Card Safe?

Broken or cracked cards are not considered valid and must be replaced. Replacing a damaged ID card is free in exchange for damaged ID card. If you break your KCAD/Bulldog ID Card, visit idcard.ferris.edu, click on FAQ on the side navigation menu, and follow the instructions to deactivate your card.

  • Keep it in a safe carrying case (wallet, lanyard or card holder).
  • Keep it away from magnets and computers to avoid magnetic damage.
  • Do not punch holes in your card.
  • Do not expose to water or excessive heat.
  • Do not allow anyone else to use your card.
  • Do not leave your card in an unsecured place.

If you need assistance requesting your ID card, contact the [email protected] or (231) 591-2648.

What are the Specific Guidelines for Wearing the ID/Lanyard?

Your ID should be visible on the front of your person at all times unless it should be removed for safety reasons or if you have an approved ADA variance. If the ID is contained within a lanyard, the lanyard should be worn around the neck while on campus. Any lanyard is acceptable.

Please contact Director for Counseling and Disability Services, Marie Yowtz, for an ADA variance at [email protected] or 616.259.1136.

Is KCAD Still Utilizing Verification Stickers On ID Cards?

No, verification stickers are not required moving forward.

Can I Use My Preferred Name On My ID Card?

Yes. Update your preferred first name in Banner by submitting the form at this link and it will be reflected on your ID card.

I am a Returning Student. Is My ID Card Still Valid?

Yes. 

I'm a Dual Enrollment Student. Do I Need a KCAD/Ferris ID Card?

Yes. 

What Do I Do If I Forget My ID Card When I Come to Campus?

From your mobile device or computer, log into idcard.ferris.edu and click “Virtual ID Card.” If you cannot provide a mobile ID card, security will ask for your name to verify current enrollment and/or employment on KCAD’s campus. You will be asked to sign the visitor checkin log and may be asked to wear a temporary ID sticker or tab while on campus.

When Did the KCAD Campus ID Policy Become Effective?

August 29, 2022

Can I Get an Emeriti/Alumni ID Card?

Emeriti and Retiree ID cards are available. Contact Human Resources for more info.

Who Is Affected by This New ID policy?

It applies to all KCAD students, faculty, and staff and security.