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If you want to have the right to drive on highways and other public roads in the United Kingdom, you need an official document which authorises you to do so. Of course this document is a driver’s licence and in the UK it can be used also as an ID.
As all identity documents, driving licence in the UK must be biometric - it means that the photo in such a document must meet strict requirements and be machine-readable. Find the specification for a photo dedicated to driver’s licence and avoid failing your application.
There are some rules you must follow while taking a photo you want to upload to your application form. In a nutshell your picture must be:
Does it sound complicated for you? We assure you there is nothing to be worried about. You can take your photo on your own in a convenient time and place. Just pay attention to the main rules about composition and facial expression (we will explain all thoses demandings in next paragraphs) and let us do the rest. Check out our smart photo tool which is ready to resize, crop and correct the background in your photo.
As UK nationals do not normally have identity cards, a photographic driving licence can serve a citizen also in non-driving contexts, such as opening a bank account or a proof of when buying age-restricted goods such as alcohol or tobacco. It means that you will show your driver’s licence many times a year and not only to police officers but also to store employees, bank clerks, your future boss and other people. It is understandable that you want to look attractive in your photocard driving licence. Apart from formal rules, there are some tips on how to look good in a biometric picture. After reading our article you will know how to:
And the best thing: you will discover how to verify your photo to make 100% sure that it will be accepted and returned to you!
As mentioned above, photos used in driving licence in the UK must be machine-readable and this is a computer software which validates them. In our online photo app we use AI - Artificial Intelligence to check all photos before marking them as correct. That’s why you can be sure that creating your driving licence photo with us you do not risk anything. All pictures bought in our photo making and verifying service have the warranty of acceptance of the authorities. What our intelligent photo app can do for you? Here you go: this app is able to:
Foto in your driving licence must have dimensions like 45 mm high x 35 mm wide but you are not obliged to cut the photograph to obtain this size. You may attach a bigger photo and cutting will be done for you. What is important instead is that your head with hair must fill about 70-80% of the image. It means that the minimum height of your head must be 29 mm and the maximum: 34 mm. The crop has to include your head, shoulders and upper body.
In these kinds of pictures the right pose is a requirement. A photographed person has to stand 0.5 metres (1.5 feet) away from the background not to let shadows to appear and 1,5 metres (5 feet) from the photographer. The photo does not need to be taken in a professional photography studio, so your “photographer” could be your friend or family member. If you do not have anyone you can ask for help, use a tripod. To pose correctly you must:
The shot must be en-face and your face has to be clearly visible. Make sure that your eyes are open and not covered by hair or eyeglasses frames. Tinted and dark glasses are forbidden.
Ask any professional photographer what is the best light and they will tell you: daylight. Natural sunlight exposes real colors and tones of your skin, hair and eyes. Moreover it does not cause glares which disqualify a photo dedicated to the driving licence.
And do you know the effect of “red eyes”? It is provoked by a flashlight that looks ugly and unnatural. And it is also a reason to reject an official document picture. To avoid it, do not use a flash lamp and if possible stay facing the window while taking a picture.
Remember that your picture must be in color.
You need to use a light-coloured background with no patterns or textures. Acceptable colors are light-grey and cream. Any other persons or objects must not be visible behind you. The background has to be free of shadows and plain. Of course this may be problematic to find such an ideal piece of wall. That is why you should take a look at our background removing photo maker! You don’t need to do anything but upload your picture to the photo app and in one second all the wrong background will be precisely removed. You do not even need to know the color of a required one because AI changes it automatically into a light-gray or cream. It sounds easy and it is easy!
Generally speaking, you can wear glasses in the driving licence photo if they are prescription ones. But if you can, our tip is to take them off because your eyes must be visible without any glare or reflections. Sunglasses and tinted glasses are not allowed in any case. You cannot either put your glasses or sunglasses on the head as hair accessories. If you decide to keep your glasses on, remember to control if their frames do not obscure your eyes.
Yes, a hijab, yarmulke or other head coverings worn for religious reasons are allowed. Just make sure that it does not obscure your face under a hairline and does not drop shadow. If you must wear a headgear for medical reasons - you can do it too. But you must not have a fashion head or hair covering such as a hat, scarf or headband.
Many future drivers have facial piercing and they are curious if they need to remove it before taking a photo dedicated to a driver's licence. The answer is: no. If your piercing does not cover your facial features nor give a glare, you may pose with it on. In terms of jewellery - you can wear small earrings but not huge one. Just control if your face line is not obscured by jewellery. Massive accessories may also drop shadows which is a reason to reject a photo.
There is no formal specification of clothes you may and you may not put on while taking a UK driving licence picture. But we have some tips appreciated by many of our clients all over the world. The good practise is to:
If you are a bearded man you do not need to shave yourself just to pose to this photograph. Beard is allowed but you may be asked about sending a new picture if your face is unrecognizable. There are no rules about hairstyle - you may have your hair down but make sure that they do not obscure your face. If you have a fringe, it must not be longer than your eyebrows line. That’s because your boths pupils must be clearly visible.
If you want to get your driver’s licence quickly, remember that wrong photos are the main reason for forms' rejection every year. Regardless of the fact whether you upload a digital photo or submit a printed one, beware of errors. The most common of them are:
The UK driving license photo rules are not long but must be strictly obeyed. If you are not sure whether your photograph is correct or not, do not risk a rejection. You can upload it to our photo online maker and let the high technology verify it. It’s easier than you think. All you need to do is download our app on your phone and follow the short instructions.
You can use your iPhone or iPad to take a picture (using a webcam is not allowed). It is convenient, time and money saving and easy. Search our app in AppStore, download it and move to action!
If you have an Android system you can download the photo app from Google Play Store. It is dedicated for Samsung, LG, Huawei, HTC, Lenovo and Sony smartphones.
Do you like to drive around, look for a parking place in front of a mall, wait in a queue? Or prepare yourself, dress nicely, make your hair etc. just to hear from a photographer that you can take 3 shots maximum? Neither do we! That is why we offer you the document photo editor with which you can:
You can choose the way you send your form. Rules for digital and papier photos are exactly the same. The only additional point for papier pictures is that you are obliged to print it to a high quality papier, such as photos printed by a booth or studio. Images printed on ink home printers are unlikely to be of a high enough quality.
Once you buy a photo on our site, you receive it ready to print. You’ve got a photo template you may use as many times as you wish, for example for passport application, office identifier etc. You can print your photos in many copies in some photo kiosk near you or order the delivery to your physical address.
Creating the photo with us is money saving because we can offer you a complete service for a small part of the price met in professional photo boots. And the quality of the photo is exactly the same. So, don’t overpay and do it with us!
💡 Can I take my UK Driving Licence photo with my phone?
Sure you do! Every model of smartphone with a camera is a perfect device to prepare your driver’s licence picture.
💡 Should I print my photo for the driving licence?
This is not necessary. You can choose whether you upload your digital picture to the application form online or send it by post.
💡 Can I cut my face from the larger photo and submit it as a driving licence photograph?
No. Your official photo must be original - not cut out from a bigger picture. And it must meet some special requirements, so you need to take it properly.
💡 Can the driving licence photo be black and white?
No. Only color pictures are accepted by authorities.
💡 Which are required dimensions for a driving licence photo in the United Kingdom?
The demanded size of this image is 43 mm x 35 mm. You do not need to cut the photograph, it will be done for you.
💡 What is the required crop of the picture for the UK driving photo?
Your head, shoulders and upper body must be seen in the photo and the head must fill about 70-80% of the image.
💡 How to obtain a good crop in a driving licence photo?
The best way is to stand 0.5 metres (1.5 feet) away from the background and 1,5 metres (5 feet) from the photographer.
💡 Can I smile in the UK driver’s license photo?
No. You must have a neutral face expression with closed mouths and look straight at the camera. A neutral facial expression is required here.
💡 Can I wear eyeglasses in the British driver’s licence photo?
Yes, you can if their frames are not covering your eyes. Tinted and dark glasses are always forbidden.
💡 Am I allowed to wear a hijab or fashion head covering in my UK driving licence photo?
Hijab and other headgears used as a part of a religious attire are allowed whereas fashion head coverings such as caps or hats are not acceptable.
💡 Can I keep my beard while taking a photo to British driving licence?
Yes, it is allowed. Just make sure that your face is still recognizable.
💡 Is there any dress-code for UK driving licence photographs?
No. You may dress like you wish. However we have a tip for you not to wear a tanktop if you do not want to look like naked in the image.
💡 Is there any photo app helping to create the UK driving licence picture?
Yes and you can download it from the Google Play Store or AppStore on your smartphone. This photo app crops, resizes, changes background and verifies the photo in terms of requirements.
💡 Where to take a photo to British documents near me?
Wherever you wish! With your smartphone and our intelligent photo maker you will be able to create a photo for any document including UK driving licence.
💡 Will I receive a template of my photo?
Of course. Once you order the photo created on our site, you receive a template on your email address. You can print it or send it via the Internet as many times as you want.
💡 Can I print my UK driving licence photo on my home printer?
No, ink printers are not suitable for printing UK driving licence photos. You will need a high quality paper to do it.
💡 Should I remove my piercing while taking a British driving licence photo?
No. You can keep it, just make sure if it does not obscure your face features.
💡 Can I have my long hair down in a UK driving licence photo?
Yes, there are no requirements about hairstyle for official photos and there is no demand for laying open the ears.
💡 Where to take cheaply the UK driving licence photo?
The most low-priced way of preparing a photo for documents is doing it by yourself. With the smart photo app you will save the money as you pay only for your best shot and this is a part of a price in a photography studio.
💡 DIY driving licence photo - is it complicated?
Not at all! All you need is a digital camera or a smartphone with a camera and an advanced photo editor online. You take a photo and we do the rest. Does it sound complicated?
💡 What is the required color of background in the UK driving licence photo?
The background must be light-grey or cream, plain, free of shadows and patterns. No other objects nor persons must be visible behind you.
💡 Can I change the photo background somehow?
Yes, the automatic background remover will do it in just one second! Upload your photo with any kind of background and it will be instantly erased and exchanged into a required one.
💡 Can I use Photoshop to make my UK driving licence photo prettier?
Unfortunately you must not retouche your picture in any way. Every alteration will cause a rejection of the image. But you can legally change the background of the picture with our photo app. This is absolutely allowed.
💡 Where can I find a UK driving licence photo editor?
In AppStore or Google Play Store. Once you download it, you may create your perfect picture not only for a UK driving licence photo but to every other document in the world!
💡 How can I check whether my UK drivers licence photo is correct?
Nothing’s easier than this! Just upload your photograph to our photo validation tool and wait one second for the result. If it is verified as correct, you can be 100% sure that it will be also accepted by the Licencing Agency.
A driver's license is an official document in the shape and size of a credit card. Its holder has a right to operate one or more types of motorized vehicles, such as cars, trucks, motorcycles or buses on public roads.
The UK driver’s licence is issued by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency in England, Scotland and Wales and by Driver & Vehicle Agency in Northern Ireland.
British citizens do not normally have identity cards so a photographic driving licence can serve many of the purposes of an identity card in non-driving contexts. The document may be shown in a bank while opening a bank account, in casinos to confirm the age or while buying alcohol or tobacco and other age-restricted goods.
That is why the document must contain a photograph which facilitates to confirm a person’s identity.
To get a driving licence you must be the minimum driving or riding age and meet the minimum eyesight rules.
Be aware that you could be punished if you drive without meeting the standards of vision for driving. Standards of vision for driving are as following: you must:
You can meet all those requirements wearing glasses or contact lenses but that means that you will be obliged to wear them every time you drive.
When applying for the driving licence you have to send the application form together with an identity document unless you have a valid UK passport (where the photograph and signature are on the same page). Attention: do not send your passport, just use the 9-digit passport number instead.
if you do not have a British passport you must sumbi one of the following identity documents:
There is some most important information that a police officer can know from the driving licence. The document inter alia shows whether a driver requires glasses or contact lenses to meet the legal driving requirements and whether a driving test was passed in a vehicle with manual transmission or not.
Important thing is that a manual transmission vehicle licence permits the holder to drive a vehicle of either kind, but an automatic transmission vehicle licence is issued only for vehicles with automatic transmission.
The age of 15 years and 9 months is the minimum age a person who wants to get a provisional driving licence in the United Kingdom.
There is no maximum age for driving or holding a driving licence, but for people over 70 years old there is an obligation of renewing their licence every three years. Indicated holders must self-certify their continued fitness to drive.
In the case when you lose your driver’s licence for any reason you can get a replacement - provisional or full driving licence. Once your document is lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed contact the police immediately and apply online for a new document.
To replace your licence you must:
As long as Great Britain and Northern Ireland remains within the United Kingdom a UK driving licence is an European driving licence and it is valid in all EU. However, the transition period ends on 31 December 2020 and that day the EU flag will be removed from UK driving licences.
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