Photos are an essential part of your application for a CitizenCard ID. We only accept passport quality photographs. You can get your photos taken in one of many photo booths across the UK or by a professional photographer who specialises in taking passport photos.
If the photos you supply are not suitable, you application for an ID card will be delayed. Please read the guidelines below and don't forget - one of your photos needs to be countersigned by your referee for first time applications.
Photo size for a CitizenCard must be 45 millimetres high x 35 millimetres wide and must not be trimmed or cut down from a larger photograph.
The quality of your photo
Your photo must be:
- printed to a high quality on white photographic paper, such as photos printed by a booth or studio
- taken within the last month
- in colour, clear and in focus
- taken against a plain cream or light grey background
- unaltered by software i.e. Adobe Photoshop, Instagram and Snapchat
- not be torn, creased or have any marks
What your photo must show
Your photo must:
- contain no other objects or people
- be a close-up of your full head and upper shoulders
- be in clear contrast to the background
In your photo you must:
- be facing forward and looking straight at the camera
- have a neutral expression and your mouth closed (e.g. no smiling)
- have your eyes open, visible and free from reflection or glare from glasses (you can't wear sunglasses)
- not have hair in front of your eyes
- not have anything covering your face
- not have a head covering e.g. hat or cap (unless it’s for religious or medical reasons)
- not have any shadows on your face or behind you
Children aged five and under do not need to have a neutral expression or look straight at the camera. Babies under one don't need to have their eyes open. All other photo standards listed above must be met.
Common photo mistakes