MCC IDs for Students, Faculty, and Staff

decorative imageBeginning at the start of the Spring 2024 semester, all MCC students and employees will be asked to wear or have their MCC-issued ID visible whenever they enter an MCC building.

Beside using your ID for on-campus services like the library and intercampus shuttle, there are many shopping and dining discounts available!

Please read the following directions carefully to request an MCC ID.

To get an ID card, email MCCID@middlesex.mass.edu with:

  • a photo of your face and shoulders (requirements below)
  • your first and last name
  • your A-number if you're a student
  • at which campus you'd like to pick up your ID
    • Lowell, Cowan Center, Public Safety
    • Bedford, Cataldo Building, Public Safety
Please allow up to two weeks for ID processing during peak times.

When you pick up your ID, go to the campus you requested in your email and bring:
  1. a valid photo ID
  2. proof of current enrollment

Photo Examples

Do take a photo like these:
approved photo examples



Do not take a photo like these:
unapproved photo examples (hair obscuring face, use of filtder, side on to camera, head tilted, busy background, subject too far, head covering obscuring face, other people are visible)

Photo Requirements (please see below for examples)

1. Use a smooth, solid white, off-white or light gray background.
  • Background should be plain with no patterns, objects, textures, other people, etc.
  • No paneled doors, trees, bricks, car interiors, wood, etc.
2. Leave space around the sides of your face and above your head in photo.
  • Don’t crop the top of your head or hair out of the frame.
  • Your photo should look like a passport photo.
3. Shoulders and face must squarely face the camera.
  • Your head must not be tilted or turned to one side or shown in profile.
  • Don't tilt or turn one of your shoulders toward the camera.
4. Adjust your hair and clothing so that your entire face is visible.
  • No hats, head coverings, sunglasses, hands, or other objects that obscure your face.
  • Your full face and hairline must be visible 
5. Use lighting that highlights both sides of your face equally.
  • Take your picture where there is good lighting or use the flash when necessary. 
  • Avoid lighting that casts a shadow around your eyes or one side of your face.
  • Your glasses should not show any reflection.


Last Modified: 2/21/24