When preparing for a recent trip, we decided to make student ID cards for our children, both to serve as identification and also to get student discounts at some of the places we hoped to visit on our trip.
I looked at several images of student IDs online to get an idea how to create ours. I needed an idea of the size, layout, font sizes etc. I actually ended up making ours from our HSLDA membership downloadable cards and added our photos, but then I created one on my computer as a document as well, just so I could tell you how to do it.
To make student ID cards, I inserted a square shape into my document, and stretched it out to make a rectangle about 3 inches long and 2 inches wide. (you can measure your driver's license if you need something to go by) then I added the following text information:
- Our Homeschool Name (Princetown LET font, size 14)
- our address -for safety I put our mailing, not our physical address (Times New Roman, size 9)
- “Student Identification Card” optional (Times New Roman, size 10)
- info titles (Times New Roman, size 9)
- student info (Helvetica Bold, size 9)
- logo in bottom right corner, optional
Next, I added a headshot photo of the child that we had taken with our little point and shoot camera (like this one).
For the back side of the student ID cards, I added a family photo, (so if the child should be lost, the authorities could also recognize the parents/or other family members) and the following text:
“In case of emergency please notify Parent’s Name or Parent’s Name. Phone: 000-000-0000”
Once we printed we printed the cards in color, we took them to a local print shop and had them hard laminated. The kids were thrilled!
We had each child wear his ID in a Lanyard around his/her neck when we flew and when we visited any big attractions. And some of them actually put our family business cards in behind it and industriously gave them out to people they met.
It may seem overboard to some, but the kids actually seemed to enjoy wearing them and it gave me an added peace of mind. I think it also added a special level of fun to their outing to be wearing such an official looking name tag. And when we needed student IDs for discounts, we had them. We also got several comments from strangers about how their kids wear ID cards ID cards in school now too.
Some safety things to consider when making ID cards with photos:
- DO NOT put the child's physical address on it. You don't want anyone to be able to track down the child to a certain address should the card be lost or stolen.
- DO include student name, date of birth, and school year or effective date.
- Grade level is optional.
- Emergency contact info and medical information (such as allergies or regular medications) is optional.
If you’d like to make student IDs, but don’t feel you’re up to creating your own, here are a couple of places you can get them online:
- If you are a member of HSLDA, you can login to the membership site and print your own member cards as well as up to 4 student ID cards (without photos).
- you can download my free template and either write in your own information or use it as a guide to create and print your own. Click here to download.
- Or you can use the nifty online design tool at Homeschool Buyers Co-op to create and print your own FREE homeschool ID card at home, or order a professionally printed, sturdy plastic (PVC) ID card from the Co-op. Click the image to go there.
If you know of other places, please leave us a note in the comments. And don't forget to check out our other homeschool printable forms!