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Requirements and instructions regarding document photographs
03/25/2019

TAKING DOCUMENT PHOTOS AT SERVICE OFFICES

Photo booths

All service offices are equipped with photo booths where you can take a document photograph free of charge. When submitting a relevant application, you can also use the photo booth for providing your specimen signature and fingerprints.

Photographs taken in photo booths are digital and eligible for use within 30 days at all service offices and with applications submitted by post or email (except when completing formalities for a weapons permit). If you are submitting your application by post or email and have taken your photograph in a photo booth located at a service office, please indicate this on your application.
It is recommended that you do not wear glasses in the photograph so as to avoid producing glare, which is not allowed.

Document photographs of young children

When applying for a document for a young child, we recommend that you have a digital document photograph taken at a photo studio. Taking a photograph of a young child in a photo booth may not be successful, as children often fail to keep their gaze fixed on the camera for the required period. When taking a photograph of a young child in a photo booth, it is advisable to ask an official for help. If you decide to take the document photograph at home, please make sure that it meets the requirements for document photographs.

Document photographs of persons using wheelchairs

Photo booths are wheelchair accessible. When positioning a wheelchair in a photo booth and adjusting camera height, do not hesitate to ask an official for help.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR DOCUMENT PHOTOGRAPHS

We ask that you submit a digital document photograph when applying for a document.

A digital document photograph has the following properties:

• a colour photograph
• minimum resolution 1300 x 1600 pixels
• minimum size 1 MB and maximum size 5 MB
• image format JPEG
• not older than six months

Appropriate document photographs


A document photograph is appropriate when the person in the photograph

• is depicted in frontal view
• is depicted against a light, preferably greyish background
• is sharp and in focus
• has a neutral expression
• has their face taking up 70-80% of the height of the photograph

Glasses and headwear

• The lenses of glasses may not reflect light
• Headwear worn for religious reasons is allowed in photographs
• When wearing headwear for religious reasons in a photograph, it is required to submit a written assessment issued by the Ministry of the Interior
• Headwear may not cast a shadow on a person's face

Appropriate document photographs of young children

A document photograph of a young child is appropriate when the child in the photograph

• is depicted in frontal view
• has a neutral expression
• is depicted against a light, preferably greyish background
• has their eyes open and looking into the lens
• has their face taking up 70-80% of the height of the photograph

The following are inappropriate as document photographs:

• scanned photographs
• processed photographs
• fuzzy photographs
• black and white photographs