WMU News

ID card center open in new location

June 21, 2005

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's photo-ID card service, the Bronco Card Center, is now located in Room 215 of the Bernhard Center and is open weekdays, June through August, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The center's new phone number is (269) 387-4850.

WMU began issuing new photo-ID cards to all students and employees in March. Students, faculty and staff can obtain a new card by visiting the center during its summer hours. The first new card is free. There is a $25 fee to replace lost or stolen cards, which is unchanged from past years.

People other than students and employees who are eligible for ID cards, including retirees and emeriti, may want to call the center at (269) 387-4850 before visiting campus to make sure they have a record in the university's new information system and can obtain a new card. The center is maintaining a call-back list for those people whose records are not yet in the new system.

Those people who have already gotten a new card are encouraged to destroy their old card the same way they would cut and dispose of obsolete credit cards. Personal information, including Social Security numbers, is encoded in the magnetic strips on the backs of old cards.

New cards are part of the university's switch from Social Security numbers to Western Identification Numbers--or WIN--as the primary way of identifying students and employees. The change, which was mandated by the state, will provide greater protection from identity theft.

Media contact: Thom Myers, 269 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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