Many students and employees who need an i‑card have the option of submitting their own i‑card photo. Submitting your photo online is not required—you can always get your photo taken at the Chicago ID Center. Read on for a summary of who can submit their photo online and how to take a good i‑card photo.
Who can submit a photo?
Most current, on-campus students and employees need i‑cards, so they can submit their i‑card photos. Read more about eligibility on the main Submit your photo online page.
What is a good i‑card photo?
You'll get the best results with a friend or family member taking your picture from a short distance, then cropping the photo to a smaller square size. No photos of photos! Your submission should look very similar to a passport photo. You're allowed three attempts before you'll have to visit the ID Center to get your photo taken. Carefully read through and follow all the photo requirements to give your photo the best chance of being approved!
Quick tips for success
Sit or stand in front of a background that's a light color and completely plain—with no other shapes, objects, pets, or people.
Face the camera straight-on and centered.
Capture from the top of your head to the outer edge of your shoulders.
Wear your prescription eyeglasses if you'd like, as long as there is no glare over your eyes.
Your photo should look just like one of these:
Here are just a few examples of rejected photos—learn why by reading the reasons listed beneath each one: