Online Photo Submission

Your BG1 Card is your official university ID that every student, faculty and staff needs on their first day! Submit your photo online and let us create your card in advance so it is ready for you to pick up when you arrive on campus.

Follow the simple instructions below to submit your photo online. If you can't figure it out, no problem - just stop by our convenient office in the Bowen Thompson Student Union and you can take your photo in person. 


We suggest using a smartphone to upload your photo online, but it can be accomplished using a personal computer as long as you have access to the photo that you want to use. You will need a photo of your government issued ID on your computer as well. 


Click here to access the online photo submission tool.

You can also view this by logging into your MyBGSU account and selecting BG1 Card Services. Once you are on the BG1 Card Services page, select the profile tab. You then can select "click here to submit a new photo".

If you are a new incoming student, you will receive an email from the card office inviting you to upload your photo. Please use the link in the email to submit your photo.


After agreeing to the terms and conditions, tap or click the black square at the bottom. If using a phone, allow the site access to your phone's camera and/or photos.  


Have someone take your picture of you against a plain, light background. Or select a photo you already have saved on your phone or computer that follows the guidelines on the website.

Your photo should be centered and include a full shot of your face. Your face and head should be free of sunglasses, hats, or any other object that obscures your face. Please do not submit any photos that have any other visible people in them. 


After submitting your photo, the site will adjust the image to the correct orientation. After it is done processing, please click the black square again and submit a photo of your government issued ID. This can be a photo of your driver's license, passport, state ID, or military ID. 


Lastly, after submitting your government issued ID. Please answer the few questions the site will ask you. After answering the questions, select submit and sign out! 


Once your photo has been submitted, you will receive either an approval e-mail or a denial e-mail. 

If your photo was approved, your email will include instructions on how to receive your card. There is a $25 fee for all new and replacement BG1 Cards. Payment for the BG1 Card is expected from all individuals unless a Department Authorization Form has been submitted. If you are a student, the fee for your first BG1 Card for each Campus Affiliation will be automatically posted to your Bursar Account. Charges for replacement BG1 Cards can be paid in the office or posted to your Bursar Account. No refunds will be processed after a BG1 Card has been created

If your photo was denied, your email will include instructions on how to submit a new photo. Be sure to follow the guidelines so we can create your card!

Updated: 06/16/2022 08:06AM