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NOTICE: Orca ID cards are temporarily unavailable. When the campus reopens, community members will be able to get their Orca ID card from the Office of Student Life and Development, located in Syre 208.

What can I do with my Orca Card?

Getting an Orca Card

Getting an Orca Card is easy! 24-48 hours after you have registered for your classes, stop by the Office of Student Life and Development. Make sure to bring photo ID, such as a driver's license, passport, or high school ID card. We will take your picture, and your Orca Card will be printed within 5 minutes. Your first Orca Card is free! There is a $15 replacement fee if the Orca Card is misplaced.

Unlimited WTA bus service

As of winter quarter 2017, Orca Cards 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.

To use your Orca Card on WTA buses, place the card on the oval scanner located on top of the farebox. The bus pass function on the Orca Card will only work during quarters in which you are taking classes. See below for when your bus access will begin and end for the quarters you are enrolled. 

  • Summer 2020 (9/25-12/14): Bus access begins 6/19, ends 8/22
  • Fall 2020 (9/22-12/11): Bus access begins 8/22, ends 12/12
  • Winter 2021 (1/6-3/26): Bus access begins 12/12, ends 3/27
  • Spring 2021 (4/6-6/18): Bus access begins 3/27, ends 6/19
  • Summer 2021 (6/28-8/20): Bus access begins 6/19, ends 8/21

Orca Card fund deposit

Funds can be deposited to your Orca Card online via the MyWCC student portal, or in person at the P.O.D. (place of deposit) stations on campus located in SSC and HNR (cash only). See below for information about different accounts funds may be deposited into.

  • Free Prints - Funds can only be used for printing documents at all campus printers and copy machines. Balance is automatically set to $15.00 at the beginning of each quarter you are taking classes.
  • Dining Dollars - Funds can only be used for purchases at WCC food service locations (The Dockside Cafe and Kulshan Corner).
  • Bookstore - Funds can only be used for purchases at WCC bookstore.
  • Orca Cash - Funds can be used anywhere on campus where Orca Cards are accepted as payment. If other accounts are depleted, funds will automatically be drawn from this account.


  • 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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