Service Description

The UW NetID service provides ways for the UW community to create and manage digital identities. UW NetIDs are used for authentication, accounts, email address, and other computing purposes where unique identification is required. There are different types of UW NetIDs to support different needs, including Personal, Shared, Temporary, and Admin UW NetIDs.

Service Options

Personal UW NetID
A UW NetID (with password) is your personal identification for using UW online resources.  With a personal UW NetID, you can access computing services available to you based on your affiliations with the UW (i.e. student, faculty, staff, alumni, retiree, or other affiliate).

Your computing services may include Web interfaces used to:

  • Access your MyUW page, from which you can check your personal UW information (e.g. grades, class schedules, employee payroll records and benefits)
  • Turn on UW email accounts with forwarding options, along with other computer services (e.g. lab access, research computing, Web publishing)
  • Access secure applications required for university administrative work (e.g. financial, payroll, and student databases)
  • Give UW alumni access to computing services

Shared UW NetID
Provides shared access to resources by enabling:

  • Departmental accounts for departmental email, public Web sites, and role-based accounts
  • Course accounts for course related email, Web publishing, and Catalyst Tools
  • Accounts for student clubs and organizations registered through the Student Activities Office
  • Forwarding accounts for email forwarding

Temporary UW NetID
Provides temporary access to online services that are not personalized, such as access to the UW wireless networks.

Admin UW NetID
Provides an account separate from your personal UW NetID for administering a set of workstations, servers, or a domain. An Admin UW NetID is required for some functions, including administration of the central NETID Windows domain service.

Application UW NetID
Allows you to assign UW NetIDs to systems and applications.


UW faculty, UW staff, UW students, UW alumni, UW clinicians, UW affiliated organizations, Washington state clinicians, Cascadia Community College, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, UW Visitors

How to Order

Personal UW NetID
People who are members of eligible UW populations can get a UW NetID at:
Get your UW NetID

You can set or change recovery options for your UW NetID password here:
Set UW NetID Recovery Options

If you know your UW NetID, you can change your password or reset a forgotten password:
Changing or Resetting your Password

Know someone who is not eligible, but who needs access to UW computing resources? UW faculty and staff can sponsor a UW NetID at:
Sponsor a UW NetID

Need to assign the employee computing service package to an individual who is not otherwise eligible? Use the "Assign" tool at:
Assign UW NetID Computing Services

Shared UW NetID
UW faculty and staff may request departmental and course shared UW NetIDs at:
Shared UW NetID Account Request Form

Temporary UW NetID
UW faculty and staff can assign temporary wireless access to visitors at:
Wi-Fi access for visitors

Temporary UW NetIDs are available for other custom uses. To learn more, email help@uw.edu.

Admin UW NetID
Faculty and staff can use Admin UW NetIDs to provide a separate, more limited, and more tightly secured context for performing system administrative functions. Additional information at:
Admin UW NetIDs

Application UW NetID
Used to give applications and services the ability to authenticate to other applications and services.


Hours available: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week


This service is included in the Technology Recharge Fee.

No charge for Personal, Shared, Temporary, Admin, and Application UW NetIDs.

Support for non-standard uses may result in a consulting fee.

Service Level Description

Uptime:  Continuous, all days and hours.  Service issues will be addressed based on priority and resource availability.

Additional Information

Personal UW NetIDs
About UW NetIDs

Set UW NetID Recovery Options
Set UW NetID Recovery Options

Changing or Resetting Your Password
Changing or resetting your password

Sponsoring a Personal UW NetID
About Sponsored UW NetIDs

Shared UW NetIDs
Shared UW NetIDs

Temporary UW NetIDs
Using Wi-Fi at the UW

Admin UW NetIDs
Admin UW NetIDs

If you have additional questions, please contact the UW Information Technology Service Center at 206-221-5000 or via email at help@uw.edu.

Support Information


Last Review Date: 05/03/2015