Image Requirements for ID Documents

What is an acceptable ID photo?

Image Requirements for ID Documents

What is an acceptable ID photo?

Image Requirements:

  • Full color image
  • All details on ID are readable
  • ID is well lit with no glare or reflection blocking information
  • ID is in good shape and not altered in any way
  • ID is in upright position
  • ID occupies most of the image
  • Background is visible all around the ID by 1-2 cm (1/2” to 1”)
  • Background is a contrasting color

Reasons for rejection:

  • Image is black and white (or grayscale)
  • Image has a watermark
  • Image is blurred
  • Image has any obfuscation
  • ID details are obscured by light glare or reflections (be careful with flash)
  • ID is torn, badly damaged, or has holes
  • ID is expired
  • ID is rotated sideways or upside down
  • Too much space around the ID
  • ID edge is cropped (even if just a little bit), we must see all 4 corners
  • Background is the same color as the ID

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