OWLcard Access and ID

Your OWLcard Mobile Solution

Your Fully Mobile OWLcard

The OWLcard is Temple University's ID card.  Your OWLcard allows you to do just about everything: access campus buildings, buy a meal as part of your university meal plan or at any of the 100+ vendors who partner with Temple's Diamond Dollars program.

How to submit your ID photo


Students submit their photo electronically as part of your Next Steps process on TUportal. For instructions on how to submit your ID photo click here.

Professional/clinical students required to use a physical OWLcard, can visit the OWLcard Office, located in Suite 101 in the Howard Gittis Student Center, between 9:00am and 4:00pm. You will need your 9 digit Temple ID# and a government issued photo ID (driver's license, passport, military ID).

Faculty and staff

All Temple employees are required to display their OWLcard to access university facilities.


OWLcard Mobile Checklist

OWLcard Mobile Checklist

Make sure that all the following conditions have been met BEFORE you attempt to download your OWLcard Mobile:

  1. You have an approved photo on file. Not sure? You can verify this in TUportal
  • Select Student Tools Tab
  • Select Get My TUid from the left-hand navigation.
  • If you see a photo of yourself on your OWLcard, you are good to go. If not, you will need to submit a photo or make an appointment to have a photo taken.
  1. New students must be registered for orientation or for the current/upcoming semester on a domestic campus.
  2. Your phone has NFC (specifically for Android) and it is enabled
  3. ApplePay or Google Pay is enabled

Apple iPhone Region setting is United States. ApplePay does not work in other regions.

  • Go to: General > Language & Region >Region and select United States

Apple iPhone Settings for ‘unrestricted access’

  • Go to: Screen time > Content & Privacy Restrictions > Content Restriction > Web Content and select unrestricted access

Be sure to set up Multi-Factor Authentication.

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