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NLGJA Member ID Cards: FAQ

What is an NLGJA Member ID Card?
News organizations sometimes issue press cards to identify their newsgathering employees and sometimes for their freelancers as well. This was developed by member request. The NLGJA Member ID, noting "Media,", along with your name, photo and company name (if you have one,)  may assist you in identifying yourself. It is provided for a fee to cover costs and is only available to members. Additional information about the NLGJA member ID can be found at:

It is important to note that the NLGJA Member ID may help identify you to organizations, agencies, officials and news subjects who are requesting information, but that any ID or press credential will not necessarily grant you more access than the general public.


Who produces and ships the NLGJA Member ID?
The creation of your card is done through a third-party company, MLAD. To purchase a card you can use the link provided here. If you have any questions about shipping please find contact info at

What is the size of the NLGJA Member IDs?

NLGJA Member ID Cards are small; the IDs are 2-1/8" x 3-3/8" and printed on a white PVC card, and come with a lanyard.

How much does the NLGJA Member ID Card cost?

The cost for an ID is $19.95 and does not include the cost of shipping within the United States. NLGJA has done its best to make this affordable to its members. The price has been set to cover the cost of labor,, materials and administration.

If I don’t wish to keep my ID card, do I get a refund?

No. Due to the customized nature of the IDs, no refunds will be issued.  Make sure that you confirm all of your identifying information for accuracy before submitting your final purchase to avoid receiving a card with incorrect information.

Can any NLGJA member purchase an ID card?

No. The ID is intended for working, professional journalists only. All NLGJA member types, except for students and retirees, may purchase an ID. Make sure that your membership is current and at the correct level for professional journalists prior to applying for the ID.

What are the requirements for getting one?

You must: be a basic, LGBT media, international, or Lifetime Member in good standing; and agree to uphold the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics; and agree to the terms and conditions associated with this program.

How long will the order take to process?

Orders will ship within two business days.

When will my NLGJA Member ID card expire?

Your ID card will have the same expiration date as your annual NLGJA membership.

What format should be used for submitting a picture for an NLGJA Member ID?

The photo must be in JPEG format with a minimum size of 224x300 pixels.

Can the member ID cards be used as press credentials?

No. The member ID is not a press credential. The ID is issued solely for the purpose of identifying NLGJA Members in good standing who are working journalists and have agreed to uphold the SPJ Code of Ethics. At the sole responsibility and liability of the bearer, the ID may be used for identification purposes only. The NLGJA and/or any other agency, officer, or entity thereof disclaims any and all legal liability or responsibility for the use of the ID other than to identify the person whose name and photo appears thereupon as a member of the NLGJA. Use of said ID by the bearer does not constitute or imply an endorsement, recommendation, promotion or certification by the NLGJA.

Does the member ID card ensure access through police lines?

No. The ID is meant solely to identify the bearer as a member in good standing who has agreed to uphold the SPJ Code of Ethics.  Some law enforcement agencies may note the ID and grant access, however it is not by itself a press credential. If a law enforcement agency needs clarification of your NLGJA membership status, a Web address is printed on the ID for such purposes. It is the sole responsibility of the member to make sure that his/her status is correctly listed on said site.

How do I get a press credential?

Press credentials for use in covering news events are usually issued by law enforcement, government agencies and others.  Though you do not need approval to work as a journalist, requirements for issuing credentials vary by organization, agency and department, and having an NLGJA Member ID card might make it easier to establish your background for the credentialing process. In most cases, press credentials must be issued in advance and so it is best to contact the appropriate issuing authority to clarify required documentation and timelines.

How do I get an event credential?

Event organizers often grant credentials to members of the working press to make it easier to cover the event. If you are covering an event on assignment for a publication, the assigning editor may be required to request the credentials on your behalf.

While every event is different, most will have a specific public relations or press contact person for credential requests.  Press contact information can usually be found on the event or organization’s website.  If you can’t find the information there, try calling the main number and asking for the person who handles media inquiries should also suffice. Then explain the project you are working on and ask about obtaining a media credential.

Who can I contact if I have further questions about the NLGJA Member ID Card?

Please contact Matthew Rose, NLGJA Membership Coordinator, at 202-588-9888 or, if you have a question not addressed above and to share information about agencies/venues/organizations, which have recognized/accepted the NLGJA Member ID.

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