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Get Your NOVACard

NOVACard is the official identification card for Northern Virginia Community College. All NOVA students are encouraged to get a free NOVACard to access benefits and services. The NOVACard is offered in a physical card version as well as a digital version called GET Mobile ID.

Get a Physical NOVACard

To obtain a NOVACard, you must:

1. Be enrolled in a class for the current or future semester

2. Bring a valid government issued photo ID such as:

  1. State driver's license (including state-issued temporary or provisional license with photo)
  2. U.S. or foreign issued passport
  3. Military issued or state issued ID
  4. Permanent resident card

OR Two Secondary forms of ID:

*Note: If the above forms of ID are not available or have expired within the past 12 months, you can bring TWO of the documents below.

  1. Expired Primary ID's from the list above (within the last 12 months)
  2. High school photo identification card
  3. A piece of official mail with name and address that matches the information in the student record system.

3. Optional: Upload your own photo

  • You may upload your own photo online, but the NOVACard Office can also take your picture when you're on campus. More information regarding uploading your own photo can be found in our 'Uploading a NOVACard Photo' guide.

4. Have your student ID number ready and visit a campus NOVACard Office

  • When visiting a NOVACard office, getting a NOVACard may take up to 5 minutes. Please keep in mind this does not include the wait time in line.

Create an Account for a Get Mobile ID

Download the app through the App Store or Google Play by searching or scanning the QR code below. You can also create your account through the website: GET Online Website.

The GET Mobile App logo

QR Code

1. Visit a campus NOVACard office to verify your identity and have your account activated

  • You must follow the steps of getting a physical NOVACard first to have your account activated

2. Select Northern Virginia Community College as the Institution

3. Sign up using your EMPLID and email address

  1. When the log-in screen is displayed, select 'Sign Up' to create your account
  2. Fill in the account creation information
    1. Use your 7-digit EMPLID for the ID number field
    2. Use your Faculty/Staff or student VCCS email address for the email field

4. Verify your email address - make sure your check your spam folder

5. Log in and access the different features of your GET Mobile ID (for more details, visit our Manage Account page):

  1. You can display your NOVACard on the app and use it as an identification on campus
  2. You can view your current ACE dollar balance
  3. You can open doors that have permissions to via the 'Mobile Access' option
  4. You can pull up a digital version of your NOVACard to show using the 'Scan Card' option

Check out our GET Mobile ID Handout!

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