ID Photo Tips

How to take a good ID photo


Photo Guidelines

Min. 2 megapixel camera
Daylight from the front, no flash; no shadows on face
Plain white or light grey background, no texture or shadows
Stand 1 meter (3 feet) from background
Single person, dark shirt, no uniform
Body & head facing camera, head straight
Eyes clearly visible, looking at camera
Mouth closed, no smile or frown
No photo editing


Acceptable Photos

normal (without head covering or glasses)
with glasses
with scarf (for religious purposes only)



10 Golden Rules

It’s not hard to take a good passport photo or visa photo at home, if you just follow a few simple rules:


Rule 1 - Camera requirements and setup

Camera requirements
Min. 2 megapixels
No effect lenses (wide-angle, fisheye, ...)

Camera setup (if configurable)
Auto focus on
Auto exposure on
Auto white balance on
Large image size on
Digital effects off
Flash off

Rule 2 - Image background

Use plain white background behind person, no texture
No plants, furniture or other people visible
Place person approximately 3 ft (1 m) from background to avoid shadow on background

Rule 3 - Lighting Arrangement

Use daylight
No flash
No other light sources
Place person with frontal daylight to avoid shadows on face
Uniform face illumination
Avoid direct bright sunlight
Avoid bright spots on face
Avoid skin reflections
Avoid shadows on face or eye sockets
Avoid shadows on background behind person

Rule 4 - Camera/subject position

Create photos in portrait format
Place camera at person’s eye level
Position person facing the camera
Choose right camera position, not too far, not too close

Rule 5 - Head position

Head positioned directly facing camera
Head not tilted
Head not rotated

Rule 6 - Body position

Body positioned directly facing camera
Both shoulders facing camera
Not looking over one shoulder
Body not tilted
Body not rotated

Rule 7 - Eyes

Eyes must be open
Both eyes and irises must be visible
No hair across eyes
No sunglasses
No eye patch (unless medically necessary)

Rule 8 - Glasses and contact lenses

Both pupils and irises must be visible
No tinted lenses
No sunglasses
No tinted contact lenses
No light reflections on lenses
Frames should not cover any part of the eye
Light frames are preferable

Rule 9 - Head coverings

No head coverings, except for religious reasons
No hats, caps, hoods, helmets, or other head coverings
No shadows on face
Facial features clearly shown from bottom of chin to top of forehead and both edges of face
No covered face (through hair, hands or other objects)

Rule 10 - Facial expression

Natural and neutral expression
No smiling or frowning
Mouth closed
Eyes open