photo ID requirements

When you upload your photograph with a card application please ensure that it meets the following criteria:

Photos must be:

  • in colour
  • printed on plain white photographic paper
  • taken against a plain cream or light grey background
  • clear and in focus
  • no more than 2 years old
  • without any tears or creases
  • unaltered by computer software

The image must:

  • show a close-up of full head and shoulders without any other objects or people
  • be between 29mm and 34mm high from the crown to the chin

In addition the photo must show the card applicant:

  • facing forward and looking straight at the camera
  • with a neutral expression and mouth closed
  • without anything covering the face
  • in clear contrast to the background
  • without a head covering (unless it’s worn for religious or medical reasons)
  • with eyes open, visible and free from reflection or glare from glasses
  • with your eyes not covered by sunglasses, tinted glasses, glasses frames or hair
  • without any ‘red eye’
  • without any shadows