UK Driving Licence Photo

UK Driving Licence Photo

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UK Driving Licence Photo - Size & Requirements

UK Driving Licence Photo Online
Width: 35 mm
Height: 45 mm
600 dpi
Image definition parameters
  • Head height: 32.8 mm
  • Top of the Photo to Top of the Hair: 4.9 mm
Is it suitable for online submission?
Is it printable?
Background Color

How to take a photo?

Body-camera distance
Body-camera distance
Posture: Straight ahead
Posture: Straight ahead
Posture: Straight ahead
Even lighting on both sides of the face
Even lighting on both sides of the face
Even lighting on both sides of the face

UK Driving Licence Photo Guidelines

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.

Specification for driving licence photo in UK

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:

  • a photo of your face taken within last month
  • in color
  • reflecting your natural skin color and face features
  • sharp and focus
  • in required size
  • taken on the right background
  • not altered by any computer software

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.

How to take a perfect ID 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: 

  • pose and look
  • dress and do the hair 
  • use lights
  • adjust the background after taking a picture
  • resize and crop an image
  • avoid the most common mistakes

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!

Online Photo Editor

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:

  • resize
  • crop
  • remove the unsuitable background
  • inset the background in a demanded color
  • check and inform you if the photo is correct in terms of rules

UK driving licence - official requirements

Size and crop

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.

Be a good model - posture in the official photo

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:

  • sit or stay upright with a head not tilted in any direction
  • look straight at the camera
  • have a neutral face expression (no smiling!)
  • keep your mouths closed

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.

Lights and colors

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.

Background requirements

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!

Eyeglasses - yes or not?

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. 

I wear hijab - is a headgear allowed in the UK driving licence?

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.

Jewellery and piercing 

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.

How to dress to the 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:

  • wear something casual or elegant (V-neck dress, collar shirt)
  • choose colors darker than used background to better contrast
  • not to wear roll-neck as it does not look attractive in the indicated crop
  • not to wear a tanktop - you would look in the picture like naked!

Hairstyle and beard

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 both of your pupils must be clearly visible.

Most commonly made mistakes

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:

  • wrong pose (head tilted or sight directed not straight at the camera)
  • smiling or open mouths
  • wrong background
  • bad quality of the photo (pictures overexposed, not focused, unsharp or overexposed)
  • poor quality of the papier (photos printed on home ink printer)

Photo validation

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.

Photo App for iPhone

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!

Photo App for Android  

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.

100% satisfaction guarantee!

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:

  • create an ideal photo with a warranty of acceptation
  • not to risk because if for some reason your photo will be rejected, we will return you the money
  • save your money because our service is much cheaper than a visit in photography studio or photo a boot
  • save your time as you can prepare the picture in a couple of seconds
  • have unlimited shots to make sure that you will really like it!

Digital or paper photo - it is up to you!

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.

UK Driving Licence photo template you can print in a store

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.

Best prices

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!

Last update: 17/12/2021

Frequently Asked Questions

💡 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.

💡 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.

💡 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!

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.

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.

The background must be light-grey or cream, plain, free of shadows and patterns. No other objects nor persons must be visible behind you.

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?

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.

Yes, there are no requirements about hairstyle for official photos and there is no demand for laying open the ears.

No. You can keep it, just make sure if it does not obscure your face features.

No, ink printers are not suitable for printing UK driving licence photos. You will need a high quality paper to do it.

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.

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.

Sure you do! Every model of smartphone with a camera is a perfect device to prepare your driver’s licence picture.

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.

Yes, it is allowed. Just make sure that your face is still recognizable.

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.

Yes, you can if their frames are not covering your eyes. Tinted and dark glasses are always forbidden.

No. You must have a neutral face expression with closed mouths and look straight at the camera. A neutral facial expression is required here.

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.

Your head, shoulders and upper body must be seen in the photo and the head must fill about 70-80% of the image.

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.

No. Only color pictures are accepted by authorities.

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.

This is not necessary. You can choose whether you upload your digital picture to the application form online or send it by post.

About the document

UK driving licence

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. 

UK driver’s licence as an ID document

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.

Legal obligations for drivers

Before you drive a car or ride a motorcycle, you are obliged to do several things. You must:

  • get a driving licence
  • register your vehicle
  • insure and tax your vehicle
  • get test checking that your vehicle meets road safety and environmental standards (MOT)

To get a driving licence you must be the minimum driving or riding age and meet the minimum eyesight rules.

Driving 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:

  1. be able to read a car number plate from 20 metres,
  2. meet the minimum eyesight standard by having a visual acuity of at least decimal 0.5 (6/12) measured on the Snellen scale,
  3. have an adequate field of vision - your optician can tell you about this and do a test.

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.

Documents needed to get the driver’s licence

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:

  • a current and valid foreign passport
  • a biometric residence permit issued in the UK - formerly known as the identity card for foreign nationals
  • an European Union or European Economic Area national identity card
  • a travel document


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.

Age eligibility

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.

Lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed driving licence

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:

  • be a resident of Great Britain or Northern Ireland
  • not be disqualified from driving for any reason
  • pay the fee  £20
  • provide addresses where you’ve lived for the last 3 years
  • provide your driving licence number, National Insurance number and passport number (it is optional)

Validity in other countries

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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