Guidance for acceptable photographs
Please note that your photograph will appear on your certificate.
Your photograph must:
• Be a close-up of your full head and upper shoulders
• Contain no other objects or people
• Be in clear contrast to the background
In your photo, you must:
• Be facing forward and looking straight at the camera
• Have your eyes open, visible and free from reflection or glare from glasses
• Not have hair in front of your eyes
• Not have a head covering (unless for religious or medical reasons)
• Not have anything covering your face
• Not have any “red eye”
• Not have any shadows on your face or behind you
You can’t wear sunglasses or tinted glasses. You can wear reading glasses but your eyes must show fully through clear lenses without glare or reflections.
We can only accept copies of your passport style colour photograph in .jpg, .gif or .tif file format. Follow these simple instructions to convert your scanned passport photograph to one of these formats.
Convert your passport photograph to a JPEG file using Microsoft Windows
- Scan or download the photograph to your computer and save it in 'My Pictures'. Please note that ACRO are unable to assist with the transfer of your photograph from your device to your computer. Please check your manufacturer's instructions.
- Open the 'My Pictures' folder and then open the passport photograph you have just saved.
- Right click the photograph - several options will appear.
- Choose the 'Open with' option and then choose 'Paint'.
- Your photograph should then open in Paint.
- Click 'File', then 'Save As'.
- Type your file name e.g. John Smith.
- In the 'Save as type' dropdown, select JPEG (*.JPG;*.JPEG;*.JPE;*.JFIF), GIF (*.GIF) or TIFF (*.TIF;*.TIFF).
- Click the 'Save' button.
- Your photograph should now be a jpeg file and ready to upload.
Convert your passport photograph to a JPEG file using Mac
- Scan or download the photograph to your Mac. Please note that ACRO are unable to assist with the transfer of your photograph from your device to your computer. Please check your manufacturer's instructions.
- Find the image you wish to use and open it in the Preview program.
- Choose "Export" from the "File" menu.
- Select JPEG or TIFF from the "Format" drop-down menu.
- Supply a name and location for the new file, and click Save.