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4 Steps to a Picture for
Your Student ID Card

1. Take a photo of yourself

Grab your phone and take a regular full-face picture. Your background can be anything but make sure you're looking into the camera, your face is evenly lit, you're not wearing a head covering and nothing obscures your facial features (see all rules below).

2. Upload the picture here

Hit the big green button to upload your photo to our website. In seconds, we'll turn it into a professional picture: crop it to the correct size, remove the background and perform a series of checks to ensure it looks like a correct student ID card photo.

3. Review the preview

After processing, you will see a preview of your new student ID photo. If you don't like how it looks, retake it. You can take as many photo shots as you want until you get a photo you'd actually like to use for your student card. We give a satisfaction guarantee!

4. Get your student ID photo

As a result, you will get your image converted to the biometric format. Either save the digital photo on your phone and use it for online submission (if it's available in your university) or have it printed to use as your physical student ID card photo.

Get a Perfect Biometric Photo

  1. use our UK service to take a perfect biometric photo conveniently
    STEP 1
    Upload a usual picture
  2. download the student ID card photo usable in any UK university
    STEP 2
    Get a ready-made photo

Student ID Photo Requirements

  1. Background

    It's best to ensure your new photograph has a non-patterned backdrop without other people or objects in it. If you create a photo for your student ID card on our website, we will remove whatever backdrop you have and replace it with a compliant plain background of light colour.
  2. Ratio and Proportions

    There aren't any strict requirements, but the safest bet is to make your photo 35x45 mm, with the head height between 29 and 34 mm. To get these dimensions exactly right, try our student ID photo service! It will crop your picture to this exact size and ensure all proportions are met.
  3. Facial Appearance

    Keep a plain expression with your eyes open and mouth closed. Your whole face and facial features should be clearly visible and can't be obscured or covered by hair. Do not wear sunglasses or tinted glasses. If you wear simple glasses for medical reasons, avoid glare or reflection.
  4. Clothes

    Pick a neutral outfit that makes a good contrast with the light-grey background. As for head coverings in your student ID card photo, they can be worn for religious reasons only in most universities. Finally, it's best to avoid wearing excessive jewellery and accessories like bands, clips or choker necklaces.
  5. Quality

    The photo for your student ID card should be in colour, well-focused and clear without blur or pixelation. Also, avoid the red-eye effect (if you do have it, do not use editing tools and retake your photo). Filters are forbidden as well, even if you want to remove minor blemishes and imperfections.
  6. Other Rules

    Stick to the general ID photo rules. Ensure good lighting (natural daylight should do) to eliminate any shadows on your face or the background. Also, remember that the photo for your student ID must be a true representation of you, so you should use a photo taken recently (within the last six months).

Student ID Photo:
Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can you smile in student ID photos?

    The guidelines can vary depending on the university. Some UK institutions may allow a neutral or natural smile, while others may require a more serious expression in photos for student IDs.
    More often than not, a slight smile is acceptable, but it is best to check with your school or university to understand their rules regarding the facial expressions in students’ photos. They will provide you with the necessary information to ensure your photo is suitable.

  2. How to take student ID photo?

    In the UK, taking an image for your university card typically involves following certain guidelines (similar to those for other popular documents used for identification purposes). Here are some steps to help you capture a professional student photo for your university or school ID:

    1. Find a well-lit location with ample natural light or use a bright artificial light source. Avoid harsh shadows or overly dim areas
    2. Find a plain non-patterned background—opt for a neutral photo booth-like colour that provides a clear contrast to you and your clothes. You can skip this step if you’re taking your student ID photo on our website, as we will remove your background anyway
    3. Position your camera smartphone on a stable surface or tripod (do not use a selfie stick). Make sure you are facing forwards and look straight at the camera lens. Sit or stand straight
    4. Wear appropriate clothing that adheres to your institution’s rules for student ID card photos. Avoid hats or accessories that cover your face, and ensure your hair is neat and away from your face
    5. Position yourself in the frame so that your head and shoulders are visible. Leave some space above your head and make sure it is centred
    6. Keep your facial expression neutral with your mouth closed. Do not smile, frown or use any exaggerated selfie-like expressions–this is usually unacceptable in a student ID card photo
    7. Remove spectacles (unless they are by prescription) or headwear (unless you need to keep it because of your religion). Ensure your eyes are fully visible without any glare on the lenses
    8. Capture several images and choose the digital photo you like most. If you’re taking your image by yourself, review it to double-check it meets the requirements set by your institution. If you’re preparing your student ID photo in our service, see the next step
    9. Upload your image to our website–we will remove its background, resize it to the correct 35×45 ratio and offer you two verification options. On the photo upload page, you will be able to choose how you want to check your photograph: by AI or a human expert

    Always refer to your specific school or university’s rules, as they may have their own requirements for suitable UK student ID photos. If in doubt, try reaching out to your university’s administration for clarification–they should have all information relevant to students.