Beginning winter quarter 2017, WCC students will have new ID cards. Distribution of new Orca Cards for current and new students will begin Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016, and will continue weekdays through Jan. 18, 2017.

To receive a new card, currently enrolled students must present a form of personal identification, e.g. driver’s license, and their old ID card at the Orca Card distribution tables on the second floor of the Syre Student Center between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. New students need to present a form of personal identification only. Hours will be extended to 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 4, 5, 9, 10, 17 and 18. There will be extra staffing and information tables at special Jan. 3-5 Welcome Back events in Syre. After Jan. 18, students who need new cards or replacement cards should visit Student Life, room 208, Syre Student Center.

Orca student ID cards have an embedded microchip that allows access to the following services, which are included in the fees students pay each quarter:


Unlimited WTA bus service

Beginning winter quarter 2017, Orca Cards will include unlimited, pre-paid access to local bus service for currently enrolled WCC students as a result of the student-initiated, student-approved fee of $20 per quarter. Students overwhelmingly supported this initiative, saving Whatcom students 50% on comparable bus passes each quarter.

Students will be able to ride the bus at no additional charge (beyond the $20/quarter fee) beginning the first day of winter quarter (Jan. 4, 2017), by presenting their new Orca Card to the bus driver. Once technology is in place, students will simply tap their card at the fee box on the bus. WTA drivers will assist students with questions. For information regarding WTA bus service, visit

The new Orca cards will be free if you are a new student and/or have not yet received an Orca Card or if you are a current student with an Orca Card. Current students will need to turn in their old cards in order to receive a new card. Replacement fees may be assessed otherwise.



  • What damages an Orca Card?
  • Where can I see my transactions and balance?
  • What if there is an error on my account?
  • Are there limits to the Orca Card?
  • How can I get my remaining Orca Card balance?
  • Do employees get an Orca card?
  • What do I agree to when I use my Orca Card?
  • I have been admitted to Whatcom. Can I get my Orca Card?
  • If I am only taking online classes, do I need an Orca card?
  • What if my card is lost, stolen or damaged?
  • How do I deposit funds on my Orca Card?
  • Is personal information stored on my Orca Card?
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