Photographs must be
- identical where two photographs of the individual are required
- in colour, not black and white
- taken against a light grey or cream background
- 45 millimetres (mm) high x 35 mm wide
- able to fit into the template opposite, with the eyes positioned in the shaded area
- free from shadows
- taken with the eyes open and clearly visible (with no sunglasses or tinted spectacles,and no hair across the eyes)
- with the subject facing forward, looking straightat the camera
- with a neutral expression with the mouthclosed (no grinning, frowning or raised eyebrows)
- of each person on their own (no objects such as dummies or toys, or other people visible)
- taken with nothing covering the face
- in sharp focus and clear
- with a strong definition between face and background.
Photographs must also
- be a recent true likeness of the individual, taken within the last 6 months
- be undamaged (not torn, creased or marked)
free from reflection or glare on spectacles,the frames of which must
not cover the eyes (if possible, we recommend photographs without
spectacles to avoid the risk of rejection because of glare or
- be free from “redeye”
free from airbrushing or similar enhancement (for example photographs
must not be „photoshopped‟ or „touched-up‟ or otherwisedigitally
- be taken of the full head, without any coveringunless worn for religious or medical reasons
- be printed professionally or taken in a passportphoto booth. Photos printed at home are unlikely to be of an acceptable standard.
- Photographs of children aged six and over must meet the full format requirements set out in this guidance.
- Photographs of children aged five and under must show a clear image that is a true likeness of the child. As young children can be difficult to photograph, children aged five and under do not need to have a neutral expression or to look directly at the camera, but they must face forward and meet all other format requirements.
- In addition, babies under one year old do not need to have their eyes open even though this is preferable. All other requirements must be met. If the baby‟s head needs to be supported, the supporting hand must not be in the picture.
- If you have difficulty in meeting these conditions, you should use a photographer instead of a photo booth.
Please also note that the photographs provided by you become part of our official records and we will not return them.